Should I return a base 2012 13" 128 GB for a 256GB model?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ducatiti, Sep 16, 2012.

  1. ducatiti, Sep 16, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2012

    ducatiti macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2011
    I was able to purchase a new base 2012 13" with 128GB for only $999 from Best Buy. Well they have the 256GB model now for $1324 (75 off + 100 with student discount). I mostly just edit photos and videos via Aperture and Final Cut Pro. I am currently storing my 80GB iPhoto library on my network drive.

    Now would it be wise to spend an additional $325+ just to upgrade to a 256GB SSD? One advantage maybe is that I may be receiving a Samsung SSD. Also a BTO 8GB is of ram is out of the question since I wouldn't be able to avail a similar discount as Bestbuy's.
  2. mertyz macrumors regular


    Sep 21, 2011
    Did you consider using an SD card? You could get more storage with SD cards for $325 but obviously it wouldn't be as fast.
  3. dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    $325 for 128GB more storage is madness unless you literally need 200+GB worth of data accessible at all times. You can buy a SanDisk 64GB card for $80 or less at retail. I bought a 32GB SanDisk class 6 card for $25.

    I'm not saying 256GB is not useful. I'm saying that paying 33% more for the MacBook is a bad value.
  4. Gamrpro macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2012
    I would if I had the money. Today I had 500MB left on my 128GB SSD! I really need an external HD lol.
  5. gametime10 macrumors regular

    Mar 30, 2006
  6. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    I would also agree with gametime10. The OWC SSD would be the same price and you should be able to sell off your old 128 GB SSD (or keep it for extremely fast external storage).

    Obviously, you would have to install it yourself and I'm not 100% sure if PowerNap works with the OWC SSDs, so you'd have to check on that.

    Alternatively, you could pretty cheaply buy an external HDD if you don't mind carrying one around or only having access to those files at home/your office. You can also try and use cloud services to cut down on the stored data on your machine, though you would need internet access to get those files.

    More info on saving HDD space.
  7. whoknows87 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    325 no, just get an external anywhere from 320GB-750GB , put it in enclosure and you are set, a regular HD would cost you what? 50-100 bucks better than spending the 325 since you already bought the laptop , if you really want the up model then go for it, just keep in mind new refreshment out the laptop will lose value like a car that just left the lot
  8. ducatiti thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2011
    Good advises guys. Appreciate your comments. I have lots of 2.5 hard drives lying around the house. I might just purchase USB 3.0 HD enclosures and wait for the aftermarket SSD prices to drop, or wait for the Haswell rMBP update. Thanks!
  9. iAppl3Fan macrumors 6502a


    Sep 8, 2011
    You'll positively will get a samsung SSD for the 256 capacity. If you don't need it, just use an external drive.
  10. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    I did. I sold my base MBA and got an i7/8GB/256GB SSD.
  11. TimeWaster101 macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2008
    Where did you buy yours? Trying to find the best deal possible on that exact setup. THanks
  12. stchman macrumors 6502a

    Jul 16, 2012
    St. Louis, MO
    #12, they offer BTO Macs as well. They also give free shipping and no sales tax.
  13. tiwizard macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    I've recently been buying all of my Macs from them because of the no-tax in my state. Also, check on Apple Insider-- they offer an additional 3% off of MacMall.

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