Worth it for the extra ram?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Eric8199, Mar 6, 2011.

  1. Eric8199 macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    I've decided to keep my iPad 1 and use the money I was going to spend on the iPad 2 to get a MBA. I'll be ordering the 11 inch I think. I can get the base model from the refurb store for $849, but it has 2 gb of ram. To get 4gb, I have to order new, which would cost $1099. Is it worth the extra cost still? I had a unibody MBP with only 2gb of ram until a couple months ago when I upgraded to 6gb, and it wasn't too bad. Mostly plan to use the air for web, email, and some light Photoshop work. No video editing, as that will be done on the MBP. What do you guys suggest?
  2. zenio macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    I have an 11" & 13" BTO MBA's with 4GB ram.

    I would _not_ even begin to buy one with less. Period.

    The wait is not long and more than worth it. Especially as LION is released in the months ahead.
  3. ryanrhod macrumors member

    Feb 27, 2011
    Option 3? Check the apple refurb store constantly and find a refurb with 4GB of RAM. I initially bought a new but open-box model from best buy for $900 with 2GB of RAM, but then got lucky and found the 4GB version on the refurb store for $929. I'm definitely really glad I made the switch.
  4. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    Remember, you can't upgrade the RAM on the MBA. It's built into the motherboard. Absolutely get the 4GB model upfront.
  5. zinka macrumors regular

    Nov 27, 2009
    2GB is plenty for most users. Remember, the SSD makes swapping much faster than it would be with a physical hard disk.
  6. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    it's worth it! better have more than less, because you can't upgrade the ram later.
  7. abuleban macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2010
    Saudi Arabia
    no brainer

    get the 4GB RAM; you can't upgrade, so it's worth it!:cool:
  8. ranjitb macrumors member

    Feb 18, 2011
    My say is that if you are planning to keep this MBA for more than 2 years then go for 4 GB RAM.
  9. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    Thanks guys, I really had myself convinced that 2gb was going to be enough. On the refurb site, it's not much more to get the 11-inch ultimate, so I might just aim for that, get 128gb and 4gb for a little more than getting a brand new one. But I'll be checking the refurb store daily hoping that a 64gb/4gb shows up.

    It sucks that you can't upgrade them later on. I still think I likely wouldn't need more than 2gb, so I might still go that route anyway. I have a MacBook Pro, which I am not getting rid of, that would do just fine for any heavy tasks. My next upgrade would probably be that, a couple years down the road. The MacBook Air I want mostly for traveling, so I have a little bit more oomph than the iPad, but not the weight of lugging around my MBP.

    So we'll see. I might get one and play with it for a week, and if it doesn't suit my needs, send it back and get the beefed up model.
  10. iStudentUK macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2009
    Think how long you are going to want it. 2GB will not be enough in 2 or 3 years. Lion may get by with 2GB, but the next iteration may not.

    It it could be done yourself I'd say get 2GB now and upgrade later. However, you cannot do that so buy 4GB now or you will regret it!
  11. Davichi macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2011
    2GB ram is more than enough for lion. It will run lion. That should lock you in for next 2-3 years. After that, some people upgrade and some do not.

    It's up to you.
  12. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Always, max out ram, makes for smiles, not frowns;)
  13. rkheyfets macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010
  14. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    Depends what you want to do. I plan on running VMWare on it occasionally, so I really need the extra 2GB. I'm also looking for the base 11" model with 4GB, I'm checking the Apple store every day. It seems to be updated around 00:30 GMT but that's the Ireland store, don't know if that goes for the US store too. You can tell because there's no refurbs available at all then.

    Unfortunately this model seems to be in very short supply, I've seen most of the other configurations come up but not this one :( Been checking for a week now.
  15. mattpreston11 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2007
    Use my 11'' 2gb as primary machine and its fine..

    I'm pretty impatient with my computers, seeing as I use them for the majority of the day.
  16. TheAverageJoe macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2011
    Def helps with lots of windows open. And its soldered in so what you start with is what you get!
  17. namtaB macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2011
    For $100 yeah its worth it. But I don't think its necessary. I have the 13" MBA 2 GB RAM, 128 SSD and the only reason I didn't spring for the RAM upgrade is b/c I wanted it that day so I shot over to the Apple store and got one. Its still lightening fast and the 0.000578s edge the 4 GB RAM has over mine doesn't bother me.

    If it were my decision I'd rather spend the extra money on the bigger SSD over the RAM on these particular machines. But as a general rule I will never pay over $1,000 for a PC and over $1,500 for an Apple. I like to have 2 laptops at all times, one serving as a backup, and $2,500 is my limit for the amount I would spend on the hardware.
  18. Eric8199 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 27, 2009
    It's like $250 more for the ram for me because the refurb is so cheap. Again, this will not be a primary machine for me, as my MBP serves that purpose. I a couple years, i'll get a new MBP. Just want the air for portability and backup. I have no plans to put windows on the machine, or do any virtualization. I pretty much want to be able to install Office and use it for writing. I'm a journalist, and that's mostly what I use my computers for. I do some light Photoshop stuff, but for anything major Id use the MBP, or my iMac i5 at work. So I think the base air will serve the purpose that I need, which is essentially a high-end net book.
  19. MartyF81 macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2010
    Chicago IL
    4GB of RAM. There is a reason that 4GB is standard on most machines these days... and that is because 2 is not good enough. It will "work" but you will be much more satisfied with 4gb.
  20. iNotion macrumors regular


    Jun 5, 2008
    just pay the extra bucks for the extra 2gb ram
    and treat it as a insurance for the near future...

    you will feel better and assured that you have maxed out your MBA's ram cap.
  21. iRun26.2 macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2010
    Good advice.

    You buy a much more capable computer for yourself now, for your future use, and for the person that may eventually use the computer (when you give or sell it to them).

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