Need advice on MBA 13" for software development and Lightroom

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by halccw, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. halccw macrumors newbie

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    I once had a plastic white Macbook 6 years ago, but it was stolen... Impressed by the qualities of Apple notebooks and the Macintosh OS, now I have saved some money and would love to own a Macbook again ;)

    The Macbook will be my only computer. It's mainly used for software development, running Windows/Linux virtual machine, editing photos in Adobe Lightroom, and watching blu-ray format movies. No gaming or Photoshop.

    In terms of budget, my first choice is Macbook Air 13" with i5-CPU, 8G-RAM and 128G-SSD. However I have some concerns. How much space is left besides OSX, VMware, and Windows 7(64b)? How does MBA perform when running a parallel Windows or Adobe Lightroom?

    Thanks for your advice.
     
  2. Weehira macrumors newbie

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    Space left

    Well all depends of how much space you set the VM's to use and Lightroom catalogs can be rather big if you use smartpreviews.
    I'm on a 13" MBA i7 8GB 256GB SSD and have around 180GB left after lightroom/photoshop and other software, Vm's ( Win 7 and mint)
    A simple thing to do is having the Vm's on a external drive, you won't feel any speed issues een from USB2
    The only thing is I woud go after the i7 cpu instead og i5
     

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