Low end 13" is actually cost effective!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by revelated, Jul 20, 2011.

  1. revelated macrumors 6502a

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    I'm shocked!

    Specwise you're basically saving $300 to drop the privilege of paying an extra $100 for the i7 on the high end.

    Someone tell me what I'm missing here. That seems WAY too good a deal.
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Half the storage space.

    ...as well as the fact that you're getting a machine you cannot upgrade in almost any way in the future.
     
  3. PraisiX-windows macrumors regular

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    I find it to be a pretty damn good deal as well, it's basically like the old 13" except better processor, backlit keyboard and 4gb RAM standard = cheaper. - Which I'm all for, good job, Apple! :D
     
  4. JSalig macrumors 6502

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    Damn straight it's a good deal. I was preparing myself to pay $1600 for a machine with similar specs. I don't need the extra storage space.
     
  5. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    It's a good deal, very true.

    The higher end 13" does double the storage, and we all know that 128GB of SSD isn't cheap (UK prices are £150+ for that much), which basically explains the price difference.
     
  6. bp1000 macrumors 65816

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    Please close the thread

    Apple will read it and put up the price

    It's a fair deal not a good deal ;)
     
  7. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    Which is effectively true of most laptops with SSD's or otherwise and are things practically nobody cares about. These will sell even better than the current airs.
     
  8. defected07 macrumors member

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    Apologies if I overlooked it, but did they go with the new soldered-on flash storage, or maintain the SSD? Simply--can we upgrade the storage like past MBAs?
     
  9. peskaa macrumors 68020

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    Nobody knows, wait until somebody does a tear down in the next day or two.
     
  10. shurcooL macrumors 6502a

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    How is this any different from prev-gen 13" MBAs?
     
  11. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Is the extra 300 dollars worth it for double the storage? That's the question im grappling with. I want this laptop to last me 3 years. Is it worth the upgrade?
     
  12. KPOM macrumors G5

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    You can also get the i7 on the 11" without getting the 256GB SSD. At $1349, the 11" Core i7 128GB is a good deal.
     
  13. defected07 macrumors member

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    Depends on your current storage schema. I keep all of my media on external drives and a media server. I'm trying to keep only documents and Apps on my current MBP, though that'll def. be the case with the MBA if I pick it up. I don't think storage will determine whether it'll last you three years or not. I'd look at performance, and memory--you can always add on external storage--as that'll definitely increase with physical space, and decrease in physical size.
     
  14. lulla01 macrumors 68020

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    Low end

    I had a specd out 13 inch in my cart but chnananged my mind I dunno if the extra cache ssd and i7 justify 300-400 dollars I hope I don't punch myself for not waiting for teardowns/ reviews
     
  15. stevenpa macrumors 6502

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    If it came with 256 standard, then it would be cost effective. RAM is so cheap these days you really can't justify that Apple is giving you a better deal:mad:
     
  16. Maziar macrumors 6502

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    +1^^
    I also hoped the base model came with a 256GB drive
     
  17. onthecouchagain macrumors 604

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    Yeah, I was a bit taken aback when reading the specs this morning. I guess we shouldn't be too shocked, but this one area is a let down in the update.

    And in order to bump it up to 256, it'll require dropping $300 dollars. And if I understand it correctly, that's the only upgrade you get by adding $300 bucks. Ouch.
     
  18. stevenpa macrumors 6502

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    Yes. The price isn't that unreasonable since a 128 SSD is around $220 and a 256SSD is around $450. So $300 is reasonable and the review says the 256 is way faster.

    But I would have liked 8GB ram since RAM is honestly chump change to add in and does not take up that much space.
     
  19. revelated thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, the storage. I knew I was missing something.

    Still, quite frankly, I just don't see a value in storing all of your junk directly on your laptop when externals are so darn cheap. You can even do a USB-SATA cable with a laptop drive and basically have unlimited storage capacity.

    To me that base 13" is an absolute steal at that price. That's the same price I paid for the mid-tier 11".
     

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