Wow.. I didn't realize RAM wasn't upgradeable at all :(

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by duelingdragons, Feb 25, 2011.

  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    Welp. I sold my 13" MBP the other day in hopes of getting one of the new 13" MBP's, but was sorely disappointed at the lack of a better resolution, so I settled on a 13" MBA with the thought being that I could just bump the RAM up to 4GB.

    Now I find out that I can't upgrade at all :( It's my own fault for not doing more research I suppose. I just felt like venting.
     
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    If you're still within the 14-day return period, go and exchange it for model with 4GB of RAM.
     
  3. donster28, Feb 25, 2011
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    For what the MacBook Air is made for, you don't really need the extra 2 gigs. I bought a base 11" yesterday after some extensive research and believe me I was not disappointed a bit after playing around with it for a while. No matter what I throw at it it remains snappy. I am a videographer looking for a more portable solution to my 2009 MacBook Pro 13" (which I sold to get the air), and believe me Final Cut runs like butter on the Air! HD videos from the web run great as well. Microsoft Office 2011 just zooms. Heck, you can even play COD Modern Warfare 2 on it, just search for videos on YouTube for evidence.

    And you know what else, I've had multiple programs running including memory hogs like Safari and never did my memory run out. I was monitoring it with Activity Monitor.

    Having an SSD drive really helps in this regard so don't get put off by the 2 gigs. It is hard to teach an old dog new tricks. I myself wanted the 4 gig version, believing in what I learned before: more memory is better. man, was I wrong on this one. :)
     
  4. bobobenobi macrumors regular

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    More memory is *always* better. Just because you talked yourself out of spending the extra $100 doesn't mean that memory suddenly becomes unimportant.
     
  5. donster28, Feb 25, 2011
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    Duh, I was not saying memory is unimportant, I was just justifying its needs. And no, I did not talk myself out of spending more, I was just wise to buy enough for my needs. And yes, $100 is still a heck of a sushi dinner.

    More memory is always better if your needs demand it. I have a Mac Pro with 12 gigs of RAM and I don't even get to use half of it for my very demanding applications. I will not be opening a boatload of apps on my MBA so why waste my money on something I don't need.

    BTW, have you used a base MBA yourself? Just curious.
     
  6. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    What exactly is the MacBook Air made for?
     
  7. donster28 macrumors 65816

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    I find it hard to believe you don't know what it's made for, and you're logged in to these informative forums. If you really need to know, Google is your friend. ;)
     
  8. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    Who needs google when you have donster28?
     
  9. KPOM macrumors G5

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    x2. You just bought it yesterday, so you can return it and get the 4GB version. Apple eliminated their restocking fees.

    They really need to do a better job educating people that the RAM isn't upgradable. Better yet, they ought to make 4GB standard on the next revision.
     
  10. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    I agree 100% about the RAM education. Apple could even profit more by doing so. Even a pop-up window disclaimer would do it.
     
  11. DarwinOSX macrumors 65816

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    You want the 4GB. Why Apple even sells it with 2 GB is beyond me.
     
  12. Zortrium macrumors 6502

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    I recently upgraded the RAM from 2 gigs to 4 gigs on my wife's aluminum MacBook (which is used pretty much exclusively for Firefox, OpenOffice, and Mail) because it was constantly beachballing from all the swapping.

    So yeah, you want 4 gigs. 2 isn't nearly enough nowadays.
     
  13. n1tut macrumors regular

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    Usual rubbish spoken about 2gb not being enough.

    4gb would make no difference to my usage nor would it do to many others. If you KNOW that you actually need the max then buy it, but do not try telling me that I need it.

    tut
     
  14. mm1250 macrumors 6502

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    It's a bit disappointing that Apple doesn't put any disclaimer on their website that the memory is non-user upgradeable like other laptops on the market. I think in a year to come, tons of users who thought they can update their ram and didn't know about this limitation because Apple never disclosed are going to be extremely pissed!
     
  15. simeezee macrumors member

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    I agree with you on this one. I have iStats menus installed and constantly monitoring my RAM usage. 2GB of RAM is sufficient.
     
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    Usually companies don't advertise the shortcomings of their products. You should always do your own research before buying.
     
  17. Beanoir macrumors 6502a

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    Not everybody feels the need to run 4GB of RAM in their MBA, I for one don't need it, and the extra money to get it would have been a waste of money.

    I do however think Apple should allow for user upgradable RAM in ALL of their computers.

    The RAM can be upgraded by the user, but only if you have the required tools and know-how, I wouldn't recommend doing it unless you are very confident you have both.
     
  18. rugox macrumors regular

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    More RAM is always good. Getting more RAM isn't a waste of money in this case if the MBA can't be user upgraded. This is especially true if you are thinking about the OS X Lion due to be released this summer.
     
  19. G4DP macrumors 65816

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    If the OP has any desire to upgrade the OS in the Summer to Lion then he will need 4GB. It seems from the few source so far it needs at least 2GB alone.

    Any Dev's want to chime in on this one?
     
  20. Hands Sandon macrumors 6502

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    4GB's has the bragging rights, but my base 13" flies always, no matter what. It feels like it's got 130 GB's of RAM. So what if some people have the 132 GB or the 258 GB's models? ;)
     
  21. Psilocybin macrumors 6502a

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    It runs fine on 2gb. I'm running it on a 2009 MacBook 2.0 dual core/2gb ram with no lag and no problems
     
  22. Alvi macrumors 65816

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    When I bought my 13"MBP it came with just 2GB and it didn't quite do it, it was fast but it didn't really work well when multitasking, I upgraded to 8GB because now it's cheap, although it was overkill, mostly I'm using 3.5 GB, the highest I reached was 6 I think.

    Anyway, it's better to use your memory at a 50% than at a 90%
     
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  25. donster28 macrumors 65816

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    Hallelujah! Thanks for the good news. :)
     

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