Which MBA?

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

  1. Klae17 macrumors 6502a

    Klae17

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    Hello... I have two choices


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

    or

    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

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    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

    gmanist1000

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

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

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    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.

    http://barefeats.com/mbp12cp.html
     
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

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    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

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

    jmpnop

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    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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