Probably ordering a MacBook Air 11" today...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Anastacio, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Anastacio macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    As some know, I returned my newly bought iMac 27" and got a refund, so now I'm considering ordering a MacBook Air 11" from Apple today. I'm looking at these specs:

    1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    4GB memory
    64GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Will this be good enough?

    I'll primarily use it for Internet surfing through Safari, following news through Reeder, light photo editing like cropping in Photoshop and writing reviews and news stories in Pages as that's my work. I don't intend to have any music or movies on it, as I'll take my iPad with me on vacations as well.

    Photos I think will be better stored on the Mac Mini or an iMac 27".

    Will I fare well with just 64GB (around 50GB with OS X Lion and iLife installed) or should I upgrade to 128GB? I plan on getting a few apps as well, maybe small games like Flight Control, Angry Birds etc. but nothing huge.
  2. Heavertron macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2011
    Sounds like 64gb is enough for you now, but I understand that it's quite expensive, and also a pain to buy and upgrade to a larger SDD down the line. Maybe see what the price difference is between the 64gb and 128gb, and think if it's worth it to serve you better long term.
  3. sushi, Jul 25, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2011

    sushi Moderator emeritus


    Jul 19, 2002
    There's always the saying, that you can never have too much RAM or storage.

    If in doubt, I would increase it (RAM).

    Of course in the future, there will cheaper and larger storage options.
  4. Anastacio thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2010
    Another note is that I plan to have many apps/documents open at a time, and more importantly, that I want it to last for at least three years (probably four). My Samsung NC10 netbook has lasted me two years already.
  5. clyde2801 macrumors 601


    Mar 6, 2008
    In the land of no hills and red dirt.
    You're already spending $100 for the extra ram, why not spend the other $100 to get double the SSD? It's not like you're paying three times that to go from 128 to 256 gigs.

    Blah, blah, blah, better to have it and not need it rather than vice versa, increased resell value, et cetera.

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