if I sell/trade-in MBA 11 in 1 or 2 years, does 128GB or 256GB make any difference?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by arrowtree, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. arrowtree macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2013
    If I plan to sell or trade-in the Macbook Air 11"(2013) in a year or two,
    does having a 128GB or 256GB SSD make a difference to the resale
    or trade-in value?

    Which one is likely to be easier to sell?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The easier to sell will be the 256GB given that applications and operating systems don't slim down as time goes on but get more bloated.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    IMO, people buying used electronics, they are in a severe budget constraint, the cheaper the better. So you know what my answer is.
  4. hfg macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    Depends on your buyer ... some are looking for the cheapest price available, others are looking for maximum usability long term ... just like the decision new buyers have to make.

    However, I would assume you will have more potential buyers looking for cheap on a used machine ... buyers willing to pay top price for more may just purchase a new one instead.
  5. arrowtree thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2013
    yeah... I guess used electronics buyers want the lowest prices.

    I got the 256GB version and it was just delivered this morning.
    Haven't opened it yet because I can't decide if the extra $200
    was worth it. (or I can just exchange it for the 128GB version?)

    It's the 11-inch version with no SDXC slot... otherwise I would
    just get the 128GB SDXC card from Sandisk for $78 on Amazon.

  6. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    I'm thinking that more folks would have second thoughts about running out of storage space, than those that complain about too much space.
    "I'll never use all that space" is easy to say, but then you find a need next year to fill that 128GB completely, and you will use the space (and it's too late then)
  7. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    That SDXC slot speed is slow in comparison to the internal SSD. It's really intended for data only, your collection of pictures etc. not for anything OS related, Apps etc. But you got the 11" moot point.

    Now a newbie doesn't know how much room he needs but you came from a PC, you should know how much room you require. Planning to do something new?

    I lived with a 80 GB Sony laptop for 10 years and it was 60% full for the whole time, so I KNEW a 128 GB Air is what the doctor ordered. All my Big Stuff are on my home server and I have no need to lug them around with me on my portable. As someone coming from Windows too, I entertained loading Windows on the Air (256 GB here would be better) but as times goes by, and I slowly porting Windows Apps to OSX, I feel less and less need to run Windows on the Air. It's been one year and my 128 GB is at 36% full.
  8. arrowtree thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2013
    speaking of speed... on the MBA 11 only, are the 128GB and 256GB
    SSDs made by the same manufacterer? If not, does one run faster
    than the other?

    reason I'm asking is that I read somewhere that the MBA 13's SSD
    can read/write a little faster than the MBA 11's SSD. (at least according
    to bench test scores) They are made by 3 different manufacturers.
    Samsung, Toshiba, or Sandisk, if I'm not mistaken.
  9. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012

  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Your overall loss will be less on the 128GB model.

    That said I don't understand why you're buying a computer based on the fact your want to resell it oppose to maximizing your utility from the computer.
  11. arrowtree thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 30, 2013

    that's my bad because I rarely keep smartphones or computers
    more than 12 to 14 months.(based on the last 5 years) :eek:

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