Rubrics for determining storage and speed needs on MBA?


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Oct 24, 2011
My wife is deciding on a 13" MBA configuration for her upcoming MBA coursework. 8gb of ram seems obvious. Are there any good guides or rules of thumb to best determine space or speed needs? She plans on using mostly Internet and MS office (maybe onenote which will require her to constantly run fusion or parallels). She won't be storing any music or video on it. Is a 256gb hard drive enough?

She tends to never restart her current windows laptop and prefers to instead hibernate/suspend until they become too slow and unstable at which point a restart is required. Because of this, should she consider getting the faster 1.7 Ghz over the 1.3 processor?


macrumors 601
Aug 27, 2012
1. 128BG maybe even enough.

2. No problem. I7 not needed but it if makes you feel better...


macrumors 604
Apr 6, 2007
Is 128gb useable if fusion or parallels will be used?
That depend on how much software you'll be installing on either side (OS X or Windows, or both). 128GB with two operating systems will definitely get crowded, though you can mitigate this somewhat with a USB 3.0 external hard drive (while sacrificing portability).
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