MacBook Air 13" 4GB vs 8GB

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by g33k, Dec 1, 2015.

  1. g33k macrumors member

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    Hey , I'm returning my Surface Pro 4 because of poor battery life and the stupidity of Windows. I own a 2014 Mac mini that is specced out and is connected to two monitors, and it is a really nice computer and setup. I usually use it for processor intensive tasks. However, for school I need to take notes and do research when i'm away from my desk. I want to get a MacBook Air because of it being affordable, portable, OS X, and most importantly long battery life. I know I want the 13" Air but should I get 4GB of RAM or 8GB of RAM? It is a $90 upgrade for students like me. I don't intend to use the notebook connected to displays ever, which 8GB's of RAM would be very useful upon doing so. I do intend to use it for heavy web browsing, Evernote, word processing, and everything a student would do. Thanks
     
  2. charlyham macrumors regular

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    From your description of your intended usage, the 4gb ram would be sufficient. There are a lot of people here that will suggest you get the 8gb to "Future Proof" but I am not one that follows that train of thought. I would more likely use the money to get more storage or put it towards AppleCare.
     
  3. Hirakata macrumors 6502

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    I've had two MBAs. An 11" with 8GB and now a 13" with 4GB. The 8GB for my workflow was much better, and my next MBA (or MB) will have 8GB. If you can afford the $90, then I say go for it.
     
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    I bought the 8GB version because I intend to use it for a few years. I don't know what the requirements of OS X 10.13 will be, but my bet is that it will not require LESS memory than Cappy does.
     
  6. flowrider macrumors 601

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    I have a heavily modified cMP with 48GB of RAM. That Machine does my heavy lifting. My 2012 11" MBA has 4GB of RAM. For the operations the OP spells out, 4GB is plenty.

    Loi
     
  7. darknite38 macrumors regular

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    Get 8gb. You can always go to the apple store and try out the 4gb and see if it fits your needs as well!
     
  8. macbook_21 macrumors regular

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    If you have the budget for it, definitely get the extra ram. I have a 2008 macbook and 2 gigs of RAM was inadequate. 6 gigs is far better. Actually, when using chrome, it is such a memory hog, I would prefer even more ram than that. Apparently, chrome splits up each tab into it's own processes, so that if a single tab/website crashes, the others remain up and running.
     
  9. Melrose Suspended

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    If you can afford higher RAM, get it - it will really improve the resale value, at the very least. It's not an end all, but the very fact you're asking sort of answers the question. :)
     
  10. doitdada macrumors 6502a

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    It will not boost your resale value as the Craiglists callers I usually get whenever I sell my macs are interested in just owning a Mac, and not in the specs. They are either cheap or totally ignorant to the history of computing.

    Doubling the memory gives your personal computer an extra life, in other words, you can use it a little bit longer by just adding 90 bucks.
     
  11. Melrose Suspended

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    Ah, well, I've never sold anything on CL. But I see your point about longevity - I keep my computers longer than most people, too. :)
     
  12. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Really, this has been beaten to death, where have you been?
     
  13. Melrose Suspended

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    ....avoiding the "search" feature, apparently. :D
     
  14. Celerondon macrumors 6502a

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    ...and the "Similar Threads" section below each and every 4GB vs 8GB thread. :cool:
     
  15. g33k thread starter macrumors member

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    Under a rock. :cool:
     
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    If you have a very nice desktop machine, then I wouldn't spend the $90.

    Perhaps better think about how you're going to protect that MBA. Perhaps a good Speck case plus a sturdy sleeve. And do you currently back up your Mac Mini? Perhaps time to get an external drive for Time Machine.
     
  18. jimmirehman macrumors 6502

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    My 2010 11" macbook air that i bought brand new with 4GB / 128GB SSD is still chuggin along. I want to replace it with the newest model but i cant find a reason to do so.
     
  19. chloepaige009 macrumors newbie

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    I believe the 4G is enough for you.
     
  20. navaira macrumors 68040

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    There are three sorts of advice OP is going to get.
    "4GB is good enough [because I have 4GB]"
    "8GB is a must [because I have 8GB]"
    "Nonono you must buy a maxed out MBP because anything else is just useless [because everybody is rich and if you can't spend $2500 on a computer you shouldn't buy Apple".

    I'd say toss a coin. ;)
     
  21. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    My MBA is maxed out but I run a VM or 2 and need the additional resources.
     
  22. blut haus macrumors regular

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    My attitude is if you have to ask, you probably don't need more. My 2015 MBA is my primary computer, 4GB of RAM works just fine for me. My iMac does the heavy lifting and has 16GB. Like others have said, though, it can't hurt to get 8GB, it's better to have more if you can swing the extra cost. Though you'll find folks around here on MR love to demean you for not getting top spec'd machines....
     
  23. Fancuku macrumors 6502a

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    Go with the 8GB option. 4GB is the minimum these days and 8GB is the sweet spot in my opinion.
     

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