Which MBA?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by Klae17, Aug 12, 2012.

  1. Klae17 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2011
    Hello... I have two choices

    4 GB, 2011, 13.3, 256 gb, 1.8 Processor at $1,179.00


    8 GB, 2012, 13.3, 128 GB, $1,318.73 total...


    I will be using photoshop, perhaps get an iMac to do more straining work.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    You can always upgrade the storage to a bigger unit once you have the money, but you are not able to ever upgrade the RAM, thus I say, get the 8 GB model.
  3. gmanist1000 macrumors 68030


    Sep 22, 2009
    Well do you need the RAM or the storage more? Whichever one you need more then choose that one.
  4. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Have you every tried to use photoshop on a 13" screen? Not that fun. :)
  5. macrominnie macrumors member

    Nov 20, 2010
    Can you get by (for the use described) with 4 MB RAM? Yes.

    There's no practical way to augment RAM on a MBA.

    There are ways to increase memory/SSD capacity, internally or externally. For instance, USB 3.0 Flash Drives are cheap and pretty zippy for many uses, if you need extra memory in a pinch.

    If you update to the latest MBA models frequently, you can have competence performance and then trade up at the next release.

    But if you keep your Mac longer, the 8 MB RAM improves future proofing. You'll get better performance for intensive apps. Software continues to get more RAM hungry.

    Look at the performance in the MBA's in this test. It's not a perfect comparison, since the 4 GB MBA is 2011 & the 8 GB is 2012. But it may give you some idea.

  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    I'd go with the 2012 machine, I just was in the same situation with a last NIB 2011 13" MBA and returned it...
  7. dkersten macrumors 6502a

    Nov 5, 2010
    Go for the 8GB model. You can always upgrade space later, not so much the RAM.
  8. jmpnop macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2010
    Go with the 2012 model, the GPU is better. Like others said, you can upgrade the storage later but not the RAM.

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