MBA with 128gb SSD or 256 for Homemaker?

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  1. rajivhifi macrumors member

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    This is mostly for my wife. Bought a MBA 13" 4/128 last week but yet to open. I wasn't sure if I should keep this or get the 256 model for $250 more. The biggest use will be browsing, Evernote and basic picture collage app. Nothing intensive.

    I'm confused if I should just pay upfront for the 256 SSD or wait for a year or so and get higher aftermarket SSDs as they come out. I believe the only ones available now are formidably priced.
     
  2. Meister Suspended

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    For your describe use 128gb should work fine.
    Enjoy:)
     
  3. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    How much space is used on the current computer? That's a pretty good indicator. If she takes a lot of photos that will eat up space. If personal files are over 10gb double or triple it.

    I've also seen a lot of housewives where 4gb isn't enough. As twenty tabs are open in Chrome, iPhoto is open with a huge database also Word, Mail, iTunes and numerous other apps that are never closed.
     
  4. rajivhifi thread starter macrumors member

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    That is true. There is often around 10 tabs open in Safari and iPhoto.

    The mac we use now was for both me and my wife, and so not a true indicator. Not much of files being generated by her just consumption.

    What is the possibility of the Air specific SSD being more abundant in about a year's time? My decision to go for 256 is also in part dependent on that. If it is a good possibility I might as well get a much higher capacity later for the same amount of money it costs now.
     
  5. Meister, Aug 13, 2014
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    what velocity is writing is not true. You cannot max out ram with using iPhoto and having browser tabs open.
    Look here: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1756865

    How much storage is used on your current computer?
     
  6. velocityg4 macrumors 68040

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    In that case it might make sense to upgrade to 8GB RAM instead. Since you definitely won't be able to later.
     
  7. Locoman, Aug 13, 2014
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    Locoman macrumors newbie

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    I just bought my wife a 128gb mac air only because i have a 256 gb mac air and i am only using 40gb on it and have a whole bunch of programs running. So figured she would never need more than 128gb. Also, i am running 4gb ram and have been quite satisfied with it's performance. I think she should do ok with 4gb also.

    She has been having so many problems with her Dell Win 7 Note book, that i got tired of trying to fix it for her and hearing her complaints that i finally broke down and got her the Air cause I have had mine for over half a year and love it. Just hope her's works as well.
     
  8. tritonv3pro macrumors member

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    I bought my wife a 128GB/4gb confif and she uses it similar to your situation with no issues. You could also check B&H as they usually carry these configs with about $100 off compared to apple.
     
  9. rajivhifi thread starter macrumors member

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    Future SSDs

    Any predictions on the future availability of the air specific SSDs and pricing?
     
  10. rajivhifi thread starter macrumors member

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    Made the decision

    Since this is not going to be the main computer went with the 13" base MBA (4/128). With the BB sale price, all the coupons and cashing in on some gift cards, it cost me a handsome $245. Went to DE, half hour from me, to avoid the tax. Upgrading to 256 would have cost me another $250. The 128 seemed to be sufficient for my wife's needs.
    Thanks for your input.
     
  11. Meister Suspended

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    excellent choice. Enjoy!
     
  12. rajivhifi thread starter macrumors member

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    Just noticed BB dropped an additional $50 for the base 13" MBA. Off to BB to get that back since my purchase is within 30 days (price match).
     

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