HankRearden, on 08 July 2012 - 08:03 PM, said:
Would go for at least a 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM. The Air is not something easily upgraded. The SSD is not your standard 2.5" drive that you can buy on Amazon. I own one and love it to death, but it's not my only machine. Sometimes it is better to have an all-around good machine if it is going to be your only computer.
What is it you wish to do on the computer? What applications do you plan to run, and do you wish to game at all?
Actually, it is not all that hard to upgrade the storage on the MacBook Air. The SSD is a "daughter" card that can be replaced with an "upgraded" card. I know that at least OWC
sells upgrades for the Airs (I don't believe that they have one yet for the newest version). Of course, the upgrade options are not cheap...especially if you want to get as much storage as possible.
You are correct that it is not easy to upgrade the RAM...in fact impossible unless you want to mess with soldering on the motherboard. So, you definitely want to get the amount of RAM that you think you will need.
While I will agree that for many people that an Air will not serve well as an "only machine" (my 11" Air is not my only computer), it can still serve in the function for some. It all depends on what you want/need to use it for. For "basic" computing stuff (email, web browsing, spreadsheets, word processing, watching movies, etc) it can work fine. With the Thunderbolt port and a 27" Thunderbolt monitor, it can even act as a "desktop" replacement...granted not cheaply. Of course, it won't be the best gaming machine, but it can play many games (just not on the highest settings)...I have played Diablo III on my 2010 11" Air and it played reasonably well...not as well as my Windows desktop, but still reasonably well.