MacBook Air - need help to buy a new one

Hey,

Want to move from Windows to Mac, help me decide, a 4GB, core i5 5th gen with 128 GB SSD 12" - 13" should be fine for me. Please suggest a model for Web and MS-Office and how about a 3rd / 4th gen i5 if they are cheaper?


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serialbandCommented:
If you're a light user, it doesn't really matter.  If you open a lot of applications at the same time, you might want to get 8 GB RAM instead of just 4 GB.  If you only have 4 GB, you'll have to remember to quit applications that you're not using, by actually quitting the rather than just clicking on the red X in the top left corner of the window.

128 GB is enough if you don't store a lot of data on your mac.
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RantCanSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
Please enjoy your very expensive web browser.

But seriously, unless you are doing high-end graphics/rendering 4 GB and 3rd gen i5 should be more than enough.

For the same cash, you could get a fancy Surface and not have to pay the Mac Tax.
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
The later versions of Mac OS X is more memory hungary than before so I would have more than just 4GB (6 or 8GB would be better. Otherewise you may find you new machine slower than expected in some situations.
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serialbandCommented:
Mountain Lion, Mavericks and Yosemite needed more RAM with each upgrade, but El Capitan reduced its memory footprint so that it works better than its predecessor for lighter use, even with only 4 GB RAM.

http://forums.macrumors.com/threads/el-capitan-in-old-macs.1905121/

@RantCan
That's some anti Mac bias you have there.  People should use what's comfortable to them.  The surface has higher res, no keyboard and costs more than the Air.   Would that make it a Microsoft Tax?  Wouldn't Surface be an even more expensive browser?
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speed_54Commented:
For what you have suggested you want to do, getting a 13" MacBook Air will be more than sufficient for your needs. The standard configuration with 4GB RAM &128GB SSD will run all the  programs you have suggested. However, if you're going to want to do other things like editing your photos with iPhoto, or creating movies with iMovie, or if your requirement is for multipaged linked  Excel spreadsheets where you need your results yesterday, you might want to look at the 13" MacBook Pro which will offer more processing performance, more RAM, and a higher resolution screen.

 If you're looking to save money, then looking at a secondhand MacBook may be an option, but realise the fact that Macs do tend to hold their value, and you have no idea how the machine you're getting has been treated and there may be no warranties.

Don't forget that changing from Windows to a Mac will mean you have to purchase new software (unless you bought Office 365 which works on either platform) , but be aware that with every new Mac purchase you can get Apple's Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps for free. These are compatible with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, so check them out to see if they work for you.
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Michael-BestCommented:
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practitionerAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys for your support.
@Michael-Best, I checked the specs of this model MJVE2LL/A and this is good enough for me, just one query, it comes with 4 GB RAM, is it upgradable to 8 GB?
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Peter HutchisonSenior Network Systems SpecialistCommented:
Yes, I believe the max memory for the MacBook Air is 8GB.
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Michael-BestCommented:
Yes, for certain, up to 8 GB is supported.
( you do not need ??? comments such as "I believe" as posted )

Please refer to the specs.
http://www.cnet.com/products/apple-macbook-air-13-inch-2015/specs/
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serialbandCommented:
If you want a little cheaper you can go with their certified refurbished and still get the same full Applecare support as well as purchase their full 3 year AppleCare.

http://www.apple.com/shop/browse/home/specialdeals/mac/macbook_air/13
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