How much would the Air be WITHOUT SSD/Flash storage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by yanksrock100, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. yanksrock100, Mar 20, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2011

    yanksrock100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2010
    San Diego
    Im not sure if they make HHD this thin, but if it was a standard hard drive, what would the price be?:confused:
    For sale, an SSD, it about $300 for 128 gb, so would the price be $300 less?

    This isnt a big deal, and I would NEVER want a MBA without an SSD. just fyi

  2. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    I guess so, why would you need this information? the SSD really "makes" the MBA. They don't make hard drives this small, and hell, they don't really even make SSDs small enough to fit the MBA; they're a new, smaller design.
  3. noripwr macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    probably 180 less ? It costs a bit for those 1.8 inch drives but not as much as an SSD.
  4. iPave macrumors member


    Mar 15, 2008
    Tampere, Finland
    Current MBAs would need some custom-built hard drives (even 1.8 inch drives are too big), so it would probably be more expensive than SSD.
  5. chaoticbear macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2007
    Would there be a point to it though? Would you want to spend $1000+ on a low clocked C2D laptop with 2 GB RAM?
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    MacBook Air works great due to the SSD. It's not all about specs.
  7. chaoticbear macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2007
    I think I phrased that vaguely. I use an MBA as my primary computer; I meant to ask who'd pay $1000+ for a laptop with the MBA's specs (C2D, 2GB RAM) and a mechanical HDD.
  8. BENJMNS macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2005
    it'd be nothing. cuz it wouldn't exist. it'd be the MBP 13 with a nicer screen.
  9. ritmomundo macrumors 68000


    Jan 12, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    if all other specs remained the same (c2d, 1.4 - 1.8 ghz processor, ram, etc), and you put in a regular hdd (assuming it fit), i think apple would have to price it in a range similar to netbooks on the market (probably at the top of the range, because you know apple). i think the ssd makes the mba what it is, and without it, the 11 inch mba probably wouldn't sell at a price point higher than $5-600, and the 13 inch mba, maybe absolute tops $999 (like the old white macbooks).

    *edit: actually, given apple's reputation with selling high priced products, like the original mba, they could probably increase the price from what it is today (by a few hundred dollars) and still sell them like hotcakes...

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