Macbook air 128gb or 256?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by ak415, Jul 8, 2013.

  1. ak415 macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2013
    Going to be in college this fall and am going to get a macbook air, would you all recommend the 256gb over the 128? Do any of you know how much space is already taken up by the os?

  2. Tysknaden macrumors regular


    Jun 19, 2013
    Mountain Lion takes 8 gigabyte.
    Buying a premium priced premium product - that's your plan. You shouldn't decrease it's usability by crippling the discspace, in my humble opinion.
  3. Ifti macrumors 68000

    Dec 14, 2010
    If its your primary machine - go for more storage.
    If its a secondary machine - go for less storage.

    But to be honest it all depends on how you will be using it. Are you doing a photograhy course, or a writing course, for example? the answer will influence how much storage you should choose.

    Then again, Im one to talk! My MBA is a secondary machine (will be getting a rMBP when updated), yet I still wentf or 256GB storage! lol :confused:
  4. jjhoekstra, Jul 8, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2013

    jjhoekstra macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2009
    256 without a doubt. Once you see how useful it is you will load it with all kind of goodies. At least that happened to me. I now run out of space on my 768 Gb rMBP...
  5. wgnoyes macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2011
    256. General rule of thumb for hardware, REGARDLESS of the operating system, buy as large a capacity as you can afford. You'll quickly fill up 128g, somewhat less so with 256g.
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    This depends entirely on how you plan to use the machine. A default install with the OS and iLife with iWorks apps uses up about 20GB, so if you can comfortably fit all your data in the remaining 100GB, then 128GB is all you need.
  7. Nightarchaon macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Always get as much space and Ram as you can afford, especially with apples products as its a bugger to change them later.

    Alternatively, DONT buy an apple notebook, spend less, get a Windows Based notebook, and upgrade it later as and when you need the space...

    Ultimately the choice is yours,
  8. irDigital0l Guest

    Dec 7, 2010
    MBA will be my main and probably only access so I went with 256GB and 8GB RAM.
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Go for 256. Once you start putting music and videos on it the space will go down fast.
  10. twoehr macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2013
    East Coast US
    My advice to the OP is if you want to get through college with this laptop (hopefully no more than 5 years, 4 if you're lucky.) is to get both the 8 GB mem and 256 GB storage upgrades. Finance it if you have to using the 18m interest free financing offered via Apple (Also a great way, and time, to establish good credit history).

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