Is the 512GB SSD worth the money?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Reha, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. Reha macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    I have an 11" i7/8/256 on order, but keep contemplating over getting the 512GB SSD. I plan to keep the Air for 2-3 years as I have also invested in AppleCare.

    I previously owned a Macbook Pro and iPad, which I have sold in favor of the Air. I have a company laptop, and the Pro became a couch computer for Internet, Email, Photos (Canon 5D/Photoshop) and occasional video/audio work. I travel frequently and since I am not allowed to do personal stuff on the company laptop, my personal computer needs to travel in my bag alongside the work computer.

    I'm fearing that with my occasional audio/video productions, the 256GB won't be enough considering I'll be keeping the Air for at least a couple of years. On the other hand USD500 for the additional upgrade is A LOT of money that I could only justify if I really need the extra space.

    Does anyone have a similar use case and manages successfully the smaller disc space? Or would you recommend me upgrading to the 512Gb SSD?
  2. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
  3. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    The price increment from 256GB to 512GB is massive. If you definitely need the extra space, and I would include getting close to 256GB as needing it, you'll utilise it and thus it'll be worth it. If not, stick to 256GB or lower.
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    The case against spending the extra $ for the 512GB is that you can store bigger files that you don't frequently use on an external HDD. I've been using the 256GB Air for three years now, and I keep all of my iMovie raw video on an external drive, because I rarely use iMovie. If I need to create/edit a video, I'll plug the external drive in, and I'm good to go to edit.

    The case for spending the extra $ is that it's more convenient to have the space internally, and the speed of the SSD is faster than the speed of the external (unless you get a TB external).
  5. Kissaragi macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2006
  6. plumosa macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2007
    With the help of ifixit's manuals, a special screwdriver and a new ssd from owc you can replace your stock ssd later on if you find that it's not enough.

    Personally I have the 2011 version with only 128gb and I manage to get by because anything I'm not currently working on gets sent to an external drive. I'll upgrade to the 480gb owc ssd when it reaches 1$/gb. Hopefully that will be in the next year.
  7. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    I'm replacing a Core i7 15" MacBook Pro with an "ultimate" 13-inch MBA. My reasons for spending the money for the 512GB SSD are these:

    I cannot imagine my space constraints becoming less severe over the next three years or so. I currently use about 350GB on the MBP.

    I could move some of that content to a USB drive at far less cost, but one reason I'm buying the Air is that it is more portable than the MBP. Adding an external drive would sort of defeat the purpose.

    Learning to live with space constraints was a problem for me until I bought the MBP with a 500GB HDD. Granted, the storage is expensive, but I really don't want to return to the days when I was counting every spare gigabyte. I know I'll take a resale hit and I may shorten the life cycle of the MBA to compensate a bit for that.
  8. skuid87 macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2012
    I dont think it is.

    The cost of upgrade is massive.
    Had the same dilemma as you about space. Very similar use as you (perhaps a bit more video). Also looking to keep for at least 3 years.

    In the end I wen't for 128GB MBA 13". I thought about it. I definitely needed more space. But is it worth paying the premium for FLASH memory? I figured that I only need the flash memory for OS + Apps + Essential/regular files. Anything else, including Video files for editing, can be stored on a portable HDD.

    Remember, the new MBA has USB3, combine that with a nice 7200rpm drive, and you've got a drive you can work on! A decent 500GB portable HDD with 7200rpm and USB3 isn't going to cost you more than £100. Much better value for money IMO.
  9. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
    The OP wont be able to do this until OWC designs and builds an SSD that will work in the 2012 MBA.
  10. GBlansten, Jun 21, 2012
    Last edited: Jun 21, 2012
  11. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    We have a winner!
  12. Reha thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2012
    Well, not really as I have specified my use. I'm not interested in a general discussion about SSD and what we think it's worth.

    Happy to hear your thoughts on managing disc pace with avarage iTunes, iPhoto libraries and Adobe CS5 or Aperture/Final Cut Pro being installed though.

    I have also indicated why I have chosen the 11" Air, just in case we are going OT by recommending a 13" Pro or Air.

    Thank you.
  13. xchaotic macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    It's not worth it, simple as that - if you're a pro user that needs a lot of storage consider at least 13" MBP with SSD + HDD combo perhaps?
  14. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Depends on the user, if you need the space, it is:cool:
  15. negatv1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    I dont consider it 'as simple as that'. SSD drives of this size are expensive. I wanted it. I bought it. Does it pass the 'worth' test? When I hit 256+1 GB of data on my disk, I think it will. (Yes I know that a formatted disk (in this example 256GB) is actually less than this stated amount of space, the whole 1024=1000 ordeal, yada yada :D)
  16. GREEN4U macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2010
    I don't even think the 256gb is worth it. That's an extra $300. Quite a premium. 8GB upgrade for $100 though is amazing for Apple.
  17. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    "Worth" is such a relative term. If you have the money and the need, then its "worth it". If you can't afford it and will have to forego rent to buy this, then maybe its not "worth it".

    $500 extra dollars for the extra 256GB is a bit pricey, but not outrageous. Considering Apple is the only game in town right now, and these things are not upgradable until OWC comes up with new modules, that makes it more "worth it", especially if you NEED the space.

    Me, personally, if I were to buy a new MBA, I would buy with a 2TB SSD. I'd have to go hungry for a couple of months, but to me that would be "worth" it. :D
  18. Stingray454 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 22, 2009
    I went with 256. My current Air har 128, that's an ok amount - I get by, but sometimes have to manage my files a bit. 256 is enough, and I don't think I'd even use more than 300:ish even if I had a 512. But, that's mostly because I have an iMac and NAS with >4Tb space for all my movies, music and whatnot :) So if it was my ONLY computer I'd probably need more. Though then I think 256 + a TB raid solution would be better for me.
  19. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North
    If you're not sure then the chances are that even if you do need it the extra space its not likely to be for a while. I'd go with the 256GB, then by the time you might come to needing more you'll probably find OWC will have an option for new 512gb and it'll be much cheaper I would have thought.
  20. RocketRed macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2012
    I think 512GB SSD is a good long term investment if you don't plan on buying the 2013 and 2014 Macbook Air.
  21. Beanoir macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2010
    51 degrees North
    What we've learnt from the past couple of years tells us it probably isn't worth buying it form Apple though....
  22. christophermdia macrumors 6502a


    Sep 28, 2008
    I think it is completely worth it. I got the ultimate config, but the 13 version. This stuff is not easily replaceable. I mean I could buy a new drive from OWC and then try to sell my 256, but thats a hassle, I rather just get the bigger drive now and not worry about it. I have 8TB connected to a server at home, I can access everything if I need to but there are some things I just want to have with me, be it pics, movies, or music....if you can't afford it is one thing, but if money is not a problem, then why not...l..
  23. Resseh macrumors member

    Apr 24, 2012
    I dont think the extra £200 for the 256GB from 128GB upgrade is worth it. But my Wow folder is 30gb, Diablo is something like 15gb?, i trimmed down my itunes folder but thats still about 50gb and my Apperture library is 40gb.

    So whilst i begrudged paying such a large amount for flash RAM, I needed it so paid the extra. I wanted the i7 upgrade but couldnt justify that one though :(
  24. AZC macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2012
  25. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Given how quickly SSD prices are falling, now that the MacBook Airs have USB 3.0 ports, it might just be better to purchase a cheap USB 3.0 external enclosure and a higher capacity SSD when the time comes that you need the extra storage.

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