Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2013 8:40 PM (in response to samelkk)
If your not addicted to retina display yet, Macbook Air is really a powerfull, balanced and snapy machine. I have a MBA 2012 13" with 8 gig of ram since the last 5 month and it is really the best laptop I ever owned. Only recently got a Retina macbook pro 15".
I would strongly suggest you get a laptop with 8 Gig of RAM. OSX 1.8.3 now boot and use 2Gb of ram. Open a browser with 7-8 pages and you are allready swapping memory to your poor SSD. So to make your new purchase future proof. Get 8Gb of RAM.
Unfortunatly my suggestion of 8Gb minimum memory will not make it easy on a low budget. You can probably purchase a used Macbook Air with 8Gb upgrade for 1K$. Im currently selling mine but I live in Canada.
Other good start is to keep looking at the Refurbished section on Apple.com for a MBA with 8Gb. Or if you are in a rush, refurbished MBP 13" retina are good bargain in my humble opinion, but you will get retina addicted !
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2013 8:51 PM (in response to samelkk)
Macbook Air is more powerfull than it look.
The SSD and Ivy bridge i5 CPU make it really snappy. As I reported in another post, my main Windows computer at home is a Quad Core i7 Watercool and Overclocked to 4.8Ghz, 16Gig RAM and 256 OCZ Vertex SSD. For me both computer feel snappy and I don't have to wait for them. I never feeled the MBA was slower than my main PC.
It always depend on the kind of work you are doing, but most user, including me, we are rarely using that kind of power at full time. It is really hard to put CPU at full load for an extented period of time. Unless you are compressing videos/encoding videos or gaming. But even there, Macbook Air will do it !!
If you are on a budget, Macbook Air it a solid candidate that is powerfull and so portable. My new MBPr look like a brick beside it.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2013 8:59 PM (in response to Attilas)
Great. I will be doing mostly photo editing, with programs including aperature and Adobe Lightroom. Not much video editing but if i do it will be with final cut pro X. Thats when the 8GB of ram will help. Would you suggest upgrading to 256GB SSD? I feel like with all of the programs 128 just wont be enough.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 29, 2013 9:12 PM (in response to samelkk)
Personnaly I will insist on 8Gb of RAM since you don't even need to start a big program to make use of it. Just to make sure you understand the importance of this, here is a screenshot of my MBPr with 8 Gig of RAM. I only have 7 safari tabs open, finder and email open. Im allready at near 4Gig of RAM !!!
For storage i feel that 128 Gb local storage is enough if you are on a budget. Don't forget MBA and MBPr both have USB 3.0 access ports which can expand storage if you feel you need it in future. You can later add a USB3.0 HDD (check deal online) for quite a low amount of money. Those drive will not be as speedy as internal SSD but it will be responsive/quick enough for photo/video storage. Program and game will have enought space on the internal 128Gig.
Hope this help !