- Aug 19, 2020
or buyers remorse on the 256gb ssd? I haven't spec'd that low in a long time. I am a little worried.
For those of you who say you can just add external storage, isn’t that pain for a laptop which is supposed to be a mobile-oriented device? If I were to need more space, it’d almost certainly be for my Photos library. But if I put that on an external drive, I’d need to remember to plug it in all the time. Am I missing something here or is external storage not really a universal panacea here?
Have you received your MacBook Air yet? If so, have you tested FCP? I have a VERY similar use case as you and I am wondering if I will be ok with the Air base or if I should upgrade my storage and ram (My 12" has only used about 100 GBs...but I am constantly purging stuff). Been on a 2016 12" MacBook with 8gb/256gb of ram for four years. It's been my only machine. I use FCP for short form content.I used the 12 inch base 256, 8gb for 4 years and never needed more ram due to it never crossing 50% pressure. I only used 100gb of SSD at most and use cloud storage. I have a 2TB TB3 drive for things like video edits for my 16 inch but I also haven't needed more than the 16gb ram for the 16. I used to have the Mac mini with 32gb ram and it never crossed 25gb ram with a 4k edit and all sort of other stuff running so I didn't feel more than 32gb ram was worth it. If you intend to run heavy stuff right now and need fast results, go for 16 ram. if you are speculating that in the future you may need this, than it may not be worth it. it really depends on your convenience of use. ive moved to the mentality of buying things when you actually need them or youll regret it in the near future. So glad I didn't buy he top end 16 incher 6 months ago. I got the M1 base Air after seeing several test reviews. if I find out that I really need the power, im going to go with convenience and get the 32 inch iMac M1X as it will probably be out. its not like im crazy about doing media work on a little screen. I am curious about peoples experience using the base Air with a 4k monitor and pushing FCP working with raw 4k files. if that works for 10 minute videos, not sure why most would need another Mac. ill run that test soon on a 4k 32 inch monitor as I have until jan 8 to return the Air
256gb of storage should more than suffice for me, based on my previous MBA and my iOS devices (all have been 256).or buyers remorse on the 256gb ssd? I haven't spec'd that low in a long time. I am a little worried.
ill edit a video tomorrow to test how FCP performs while using a monitor. ill try to make a YouTube video about it but there are plenty of tests online showing 8gb is good for short form content. Like said before, I use iCloud so my desktop and documents get auto uploaded to cloud and I edit off a TB3 drive so most of the Mac space is used up by music and apps. im not trying to save space, it just happens this way but if you dont use cloud or external drives, I say buy larger SSD. Also I already know that ill eventually get a new iMac and most likely won't use the laptop as an editing device unless I have to.Have you received your MacBook Air yet? If so, have you tested FCP? I have a VERY similar use case as you and I am wondering if I will be ok with the Air base or if I should upgrade my storage and ram (My 12" has only used about 100 GBs...but I am constantly purging stuff). Been on a 2016 12" MacBook with 8gb/256gb of ram for four years. It's been my only machine. I use FCP for short form content.
With upgrade u mean external storage as the SSD is soldered?No regrets. If the 16Gb version had been quickly available I may have bought that, it would have taken till at least mid-December to get the 16Gb version, but nothing so far has made me regret it. As for the larger SSD, I might be from Southern England but both my parents were Northerners and they taught me to be tight with money so there is no way I'd pay Apple's costs for something I can upgrade myself cheaper.
Given Apple's historical stinginess with RAM (and storage) I figured it was worth waiting for the 16 GB version, which is on order and shows an arrival date of Dec. 3-10.
Here is a test I made with an 8gb M1 Air connected to a 4k monitor vs the same setup with MacBook Pro 16 inch under load with FCP.