So, 2gb or 4gb??

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gdeputy, Nov 17, 2010.

  1. gdeputy macrumors 6502a


    Jul 23, 2008
    New York
    Knowing the MBA can't be upgraded after a purchase what do you guys think?

    I want a nice portable light laptop and although I like the MBP, it's bulkier and also due for an update. Also, much pricier than the MBA

    Do you guys think 2gb will cut it? Seems like 4 is standard in this day and age
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6


    Nov 14, 2007
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    'nuff said.
  3. teski macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    Have you run a search? There are a lot of threads on this. You've said it yourself that 4GB is the standard these days and you can't do it later. But of course, you haven't mentioned anything you do with your machines.
  4. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    The 13" MBP is significantly cheaper than the MBA of comparable spec.
  5. teski macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    Not true. Add the solid state drive and you are paying more.
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    That is true. Although you can get a 256GB SSD that is better than Apple's for way less than $800
  7. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    I got the 4gb, rather waste 100, than 1000 in case it lags or stutters :D
  8. teski macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2010
    Fair enough.
  9. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    I can't believe Apple sells the 13" without 4GB standard, for $1299 in 2010. It's a classic upsell.

    Shame on Steve.
  10. The Viking macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2007
    I don't get tired of saying it: 4. I use 1.5-2GB in extremely light use (mail, web, iTunes). Just because the iPad can get away with 256MB doesn't mean OS X can thrive with 2GB. $100 and some patience buys you the headroom that should have been included out of the box.
  11. Spyharpy macrumors member


    Apr 12, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    For $100 more, it's a no brainer. If you plan on keeping it for a long time or may run more demanding software, you're prepared.

    Better to have and not need than to need and not have.
  12. halledise macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2009
    Hamilton Island, Whitsundays, QLD Australia

    you are kidding surely.

    if you want cheap, buy a pee.cee
    if you want quality, buy a Mac

    MBPro 4gb memory $1199
    MBAir 4gb memory $1399

    not everyone requires 4 gb - some are content with 2 gb + flash storage

    what's your problem :rolleyes:
  13. iEdd macrumors 68000


    Aug 8, 2005
    I've never found 2 or 4 gram-bits to be useful as memory. ;)
  14. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    Mac book air has by far the best screen with high resolution for laptop at this size. Uare paying for their choice of materials and brand. So stop whining.
  15. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    So would you rather it cost 1299 +100, or 1399 but come with 4GB standard?
  16. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    If you bother reading the 50 other threads on the exact same topic, you'll find:

    Those who bought the 2 GB model found it absolutely sufficient, the FS is so fast that they never felt a lag when the MBA utilize vm.

    Those who bought the 4 GB model only have one thing to say, future proof. In other words, merely for their piece of mind.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If for nothing else, peace of mind. I'd opt for the 4gb. You'll be wondering if you made the right decision when ever you notice your laptop slowing down for what ever reason.
  18. uniforms macrumors regular

    Oct 27, 2008
    South Orange NJ
    I speak from experience! I bought the 13" MBA 2g ram, 256 flash. I use filemaker Pro most of the time. I found the 2g of ram slow and lacking. I traded it in for the ultimate and it's FAST! No lag time at all. Then I decided I had to have the 11". I bought the 2g with 128 flash from Best Buy. I thought maybe, just maybe it would be different. It was worst than the 13. I then went to Apple and bought the 11" ultimate. Same result as the 13. Much faster and not the lag time using the 11. I will say that after using both I am thinking I made a mistake with the 11. I really love having the screen real estate and longer battery life without that much more weight. Good luck, but do go with the 4...without question or regret.
  19. foidulus macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2007
    Used value

    Think of it this way, if you get the 4 your MBA will almost certainly be worth 100 mire when you go to sell it. It's essentially a "free" upgrade.
  20. ghostwriter macrumors regular


    Nov 7, 2006
    Rocky Mountains U.S.A.
    The rule has always been, "buy as much RAM as you can afford".
  21. 0007776 Suspended


    Jul 11, 2006
    If you can afford it go with the 4GB unless you are planning on replacing the computer after 1 or two years. 2GB is fine for now, but it won't be for long.
  22. nightfly13 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 17, 2008
    Ranchi, India
    2GB only for light use (secondary machine)

    I've wanted a MBA for years, but the former 2GB limitation always stood in the way, even 2 years ago. However, if this was really just for light usage (ie. no photo/video editing or heavy multi-tasking) then it's not foolishness to buy the 2GB model.... but if you're buying it for that purpose, the iPad is pretty perfect, imho...
  23. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    When in doubt, go with 4GB. It will come in handy now when you open a lot of programs, or if you use a virtual machine. It will come in handy later if you upgrade the OS and/or start using more 64-bit programs.
  24. Truffy macrumors 6502a


    May 9, 2005
    somewhere outside your window...
    Wow. You found that maxing out the RAM on the 13" improved performance, then when you had the opportunity to purchase another MBA you still went for 2GB first time 'round?

    I mean, WOW!

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