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Mar 01, 2013 14:21 |  #1

My wife wants a MB Air, most of what I'm seeing only have 2gb of ram. She will be using this for school so only Microsoft office, email and internet....is 2gb of ram enough or will she be unhappy with it's performance. Most also have the core 2 duo processors and SSD drives.


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Mar 01, 2013 14:30 |  #2

In my opinion, if all she really uses it for is school, email and net, it should be ok then. If she were to start using a program (say like Aperture), more RAM would be better. I own a Macbook Pro and went with it mainly because the MB Air does not have a disk drive.


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Mar 01, 2013 16:46 |  #3

2GB will be fine. I have 8GB in my iMac and even when running multiple browsers, editing photos in LR, emailing, listening to music, as well as other things, I hardly ever go over 25% of my RAM capacity. So yes, I think 2GB is sufficient.


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Mar 01, 2013 16:55 |  #4

for the purpose, yes it's more than enough.


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Mar 01, 2013 18:44 |  #5

2 GB will work well in the environment you've described. Saw one of those today in the refurbished section at the Apple store




  
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Mar 04, 2013 00:50 |  #6

You aren't looking at new mac book airs if you are finding core2duo. That's old school, please don't buy one of those!

You should be getting an i3/i5 and an SSD if it is at all recent.


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Mar 04, 2013 12:43 |  #7

tkbslc wrote in post #15674125 (external link)
You aren't looking at new mac book airs if you are finding core2duo. That's old school, please don't buy one of those!

You should be getting an i3/i5 and an SSD if it is at all recent.

Is this a used MacBook Air? I ask because all the new ones being sold today come with 4GB of memory as a minimum, in addition to the i5 processors.

Anyway, keep in mind the memory on the MacBook Air is NOT upgradeable by the user. So, you should be thinking about future uses and making sure you get enough memory to cover uses throughout the lifetime of this computer.


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Mar 04, 2013 13:12 |  #8

Hmm, 2gb ram is kinda on the low side, but for the stated purpose it's alright.


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Mar 06, 2013 10:59 |  #9

I wouldn't bother, lion and mountain lion need at least four to run well.


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Mar 07, 2013 10:15 |  #10

mattyb240 wrote in post #15683508 (external link)
I wouldn't bother, lion and mountain lion need at least four to run well.

Mountain Lion runs just fine on my Core 2 Duo/Nvidia 9400 MacBook Air with 2 GB RAM and a 120 GB SSD.


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