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Say, tell us your budget, so we can help you, lol.

sub-1500

and to all the haters, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 ultrabook is $100 more expensive with similar featuers and inferior battery life (6 hours vs 12 hours)

https://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&facetlist=true&catalogId=10551&N=4294938667+8332&categoryId=16154&viewTaskName=CategoryDisplayView&navigation=Category
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sub-1500

and to all the haters, the Sony Vaio Pro 13 ultrabook is $100 more expensive with similar featuers and inferior battery life (6 hours vs 12 hours)

https://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CategoryDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10151&facetlist=true&catalogId=10551&N=4294938667+8332&categoryId=16154&viewTaskName=CategoryDisplayView&navigation=Category

The Sony has:
higher resolution (1080p vs 900p)
touchscreen
300Mhz higher clockspeed.

But even with this, I will admit (as an anti-apple person) that the Macbook Air is one of the few Apple products that is priced within its competition

BTW, Revit isn't available for OSX. So add $80 to put Windows on the Mac.
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I would go with the RAM upgrade and leave the i7.
My laptop has a i7 and only adobe suite really pushes the cpu the rest is all ram and HD, .
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in a responce to both of you,

i DO NOT want touch screen, and the Sony option i selected did not have touch screen selected.
i'll agree the higher resolution is definitely a plus.

i guess what im looking for is basically do i get an I7 or not.

my issue now looking at other companies is that no one has upgraded to haswell yet, might be worth waiting for that. i need this by august so time is closing fast.
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Why would you get a macbook air when you could get an ultrabook with better specs? rolleyes.gif

Specs by themselves aren't anything. I'm a PC guy but the Macbook laptops are great because of all the little details. Apple laptops have tuned software since the hardware is standardized and generally has significantly more battery life than their ultrabook counterparts. They also have by far the best trackpad in the industry and higher resale value. The keyboard is also arguably among the best (I believe they use a scissor/switch membrane hybrid that makes the keys firmer). Also iOS is easier to use than windows for many people. With the ability to dual install windows (you'll need the 256gb drive to have enough space on both partitions), there's a lot to like about the macbook air.
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in a responce to both of you,

i DO NOT want touch screen, and the Sony option i selected did not have touch screen selected.
i'll agree the higher resolution is definitely a plus.

i guess what im looking for is basically do i get an I7 or not.

my issue now looking at other companies is that no one has upgraded to haswell yet, might be worth waiting for that. i need this by august so time is closing fast.

i7 is not really unnecessary unless the i7 is coming up from dual core to quad-core and you have apps that can utilize 4 cores. Ram is by far much more important. A browser with only a few tabs alone can take over a gig of ram. 4gb is good for web browsing and running only big program at a time (that isn't a picture or video editor or a compiler), but if you plan to multitask at all go to 8gb. it will also greatly help the resale value later as 4gb is probably going to be too small in a few years for many programs.
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I'm looking to get one of the new MBA 13inch, and I wanted to hear recommendations for CPU and memory.

I'm going to go with the 13 inch, 256GB version, but I'm unfamiliar with the MAC OS and I don't know how heavy of a processor and memory I would need.

The memory options are 4 or 8GB 1600, and to upgrade from 4 to 8 its a steep $100. you cant upgrade later, the RAM is soldered onto the mobo.

The CPU options are

1.3GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
1.7GHz Dual-Core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz

to upgrade it's $150.

The way I see it, while the memory is expensive in comparison to DYI desktop memory upgrades, with my experience on Windows in my current system memory is a must. The CPU tho, im not sure. I will NOT be gaming or rendering. The most CPU intensive app I can think of is AutoCAD for electrical drawings POSSIBLY REVIT for architectural models but definitely not as frequent as autocad, which my work laptop can run on an i5 without a hiccup. Can anyone chime in on what general-purpose applications that apple has which are CPU intensive?

Prices: (pre-tax)
Vanilla 13inch, 256GB : $1300
Upgrade RAM +4GB = $100
Upgrade from i5 to i7 = $150

Maxed out: $1,550.00

I would like to keep it sub-1500, so one of these have to go. RAM or i7? Or should i bite the bullet and go all-out and get it maxed out for longevity? I'd expect it to last 3-4 years.

If i selected both 8GB RAM and i7 i might downgrade to the 11 inch but i have to see it in-store before i commit.


Has anyone had macbook airs with similar configs? I'd expect it to be as responsive as my main rig (SSD + i5-2500K) minus the gaming obviously.

Upgrade the ram as I said. Way more important for multitasking and overall performance. The faster speed of the i7 also hurts battery life slightly, especially if you are running programs that max out the CPU while unplugged.
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i'm trying to think of programs that would actually need the i7 and i am drawing a blank. as i said, my use of autocad/revit occupy probably 1% of total usage. I wont be using either one frequently, and its more of having the option to use it if needed. for 1% usage i won't pay $150+tax for such an upgrade.

the only way i can justify the i7 is upgradability.
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edit: i noticed the Sony Vaio Pro is touch. a feature that i really don't care for. but whatever.
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