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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch Retina display, 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, 128GB) - Silver (2018 model) at Amazon £839.99

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I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product but with as much storage as some cheap phones
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I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product but with as much storage as some cheap phones
t002225/08/2019 10:06

I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product …I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product but with as much storage as some cheap phones


And for people who don't need lots of storage as all/most of their data is hosted on a cloud? Nice not to have to buy more storage than you need.
t002225/08/2019 10:06

I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product …I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product but with as much storage as some cheap phones


Cloud these days.
What’s the difference between 2018-2019 models? Seems a good price. I’d offer the 256gb version but it’s an extra £400
But the cost of adding storage at build stage is small but headache to add after is big. I guess it's a chromebook type world now
t002225/08/2019 11:20

But the cost of adding storage at build stage is small but headache to add …But the cost of adding storage at build stage is small but headache to add after is big. I guess it's a chromebook type world now


I think these have soldered in storage making it very difficult to bump it up later.
fish32325/08/2019 11:41

I think these have soldered in storage making it very difficult to bump it …I think these have soldered in storage making it very difficult to bump it up later.


You can't upgrade storage
Graham_Morrison25/08/2019 10:25

And for people who don't need lots of storage as all/most of their data is …And for people who don't need lots of storage as all/most of their data is hosted on a cloud? Nice not to have to buy more storage than you need.


Even the MacBook 12” that this basically superseded started at 256GB, let’s face it, it’s price gouging by Apple. Flash memory is at an all time low price. Lovely machine but built in a way that makes it disposable when things need upgrading or go wrong.
plewis0025/08/2019 12:53

Even the MacBook 12” that this basically superseded started at 256GB, l …Even the MacBook 12” that this basically superseded started at 256GB, let’s face it, it’s price gouging by Apple. Flash memory is at an all time low price. Lovely machine but built in a way that makes it disposable when things need upgrading or go wrong.


All machines are heading this way. My Surface Book is the same.
Graham_Morrison25/08/2019 12:54

All machines are heading this way. My Surface Book is the same.


Yes I know. Apple and Microsoft are the worst for it (though I think Microsoft’s devices still use a standard SSD). Dell and HP business machines especially at least try and have modular components - and I’m pretty sure they will retain modular disk drives for business data purposes. Thing is, Apple will say what they want to get you to buy it but their repair costs are insane and they are anti-consumer - no-one ever asked them to make a given device this thin and sacrifice any kind of repairability.
The recent deal for the 256GB 12" macbook for £799 is also worth considering. You can always add extra store via usb stick if needed on the device and do not want to use cloud storage. What I like is that you can also use bootcamp to partition the drive so that you can run Windows 10 as well, so while I use Mac OS my partner uses Windows on the same laptop. Win win!
£840 and that's a reduction for a machine with about £300 worth of spec. Classic.
vulcanproject25/08/2019 13:19

£840 and that's a reduction for a machine with about £300 worth of spec. C …£840 and that's a reduction for a machine with about £300 worth of spec. Classic.



but it's an apple. I bet most apple users have a dyson.
Graham_Morrison25/08/2019 10:25

And for people who don't need lots of storage as all/most of their data is …And for people who don't need lots of storage as all/most of their data is hosted on a cloud? Nice not to have to buy more storage than you need.


There's still no excuse to include such a small amount of storage when SSD storage is so cheap nowadays. Especially in a supposedly £1100 laptop, but it's classic Apple I suppose.
pet200025/08/2019 13:24

but it's an apple. I bet most apple users have a dyson.


Die-son? I have only seen these fabled products lined up majestically in bone yards and scrap yards. One day I'll maybe see one functioning. I doubt it.
neebsk25/08/2019 12:47

You can't upgrade storage



Correct, I can't upgrade storage. But, perhaps Louis could. Put Louslis Rossmann into YouTube
Edited by: "fish323" 25th Aug
vulcanproject25/08/2019 13:27

Die-son? I have only seen these fabled products lined up majestically in …Die-son? I have only seen these fabled products lined up majestically in bone yards and scrap yards. One day I'll maybe see one functioning. I doubt it.


We have Dyson’s when they work, they work well, though the Lithium Manganese battery randomly died after not a lot of use and a replacement seems to cost more than a mid-range vacuum cleaner...

robertr25/08/2019 13:14

The recent deal for the 256GB 12" macbook for £799 is also worth …The recent deal for the 256GB 12" macbook for £799 is also worth considering. You can always add extra store via usb stick if needed on the device and do not want to use cloud storage. What I like is that you can also use bootcamp to partition the drive so that you can run Windows 10 as well, so while I use Mac OS my partner uses Windows on the same laptop. Win win!


Both this and the MacBook 12” have hobbled low wattage Y-series CPUs, fine for many but they’re substantially slower than U or H series. USB-C sticks don’t sit flush to the Mac so it’s not so much about expansion, more why is there no SD slot or modular SSD drive - if that thing dies what happens to your data? Also Windows on a Mac just doesn’t run well, everything you like about slickness on a MacBook disappears when you run Windows on it, even the touchpad becomes amazingly average.
fish32325/08/2019 13:40

Correct, I can't upgrade storage. But, perhaps Louis could. Put Louslis …Correct, I can't upgrade storage. But, perhaps Louis could. Put Louslis Rossmann into YouTube


You'd have to get the SSD off a donor board not worth the hassle just buy one with a bigger SSD.
plewis0025/08/2019 13:49

Both this and the MacBook 12” have hobbled low wattage Y-series CPUs, fine …Both this and the MacBook 12” have hobbled low wattage Y-series CPUs, fine for many but they’re substantially slower than U or H series. USB-C sticks don’t sit flush to the Mac so it’s not so much about expansion, more why is there no SD slot or modular SSD drive - if that thing dies what happens to your data? Also Windows on a Mac just doesn’t run well, everything you like about slickness on a MacBook disappears when you run Windows on it, even the touchpad becomes amazingly average.


I can live with a micro usb stick jutting out a few millimetres if really needed. I'm running Windows 10 on it without any problems, super quick and trackpad working fine, although I do obviously prefer using Mac OS.
robertr25/08/2019 14:25

I can live with a micro usb stick jutting out a few millimetres if really …I can live with a micro usb stick jutting out a few millimetres if really needed. I'm running Windows 10 on it without any problems, super quick and trackpad working fine, although I do obviously prefer using Mac OS.


Well it won't be micro-USB will it? And it won't be a few millimetres either, that's what I was getting at. Just seems as though things they could have added to make peoples' lives easier they just didn't bother - even a micro SD slot would have been great.
For me it would be quite wasting of money limiting yourself to only 128GB. Despite discount, Mac’s shall start from 256gb as hearing complains from user that they running out of space in laptop for £1k is quite annoying.
fish32325/08/2019 11:41

I think these have soldered in storage making it very difficult to bump it …I think these have soldered in storage making it very difficult to bump it up later.


Agree should have minimum 256gb.
however I upgraded my 2015 MacBook with a larger hard drive.
slot in job, use the original one for external storage now.
works fine.
Elephant_Boy25/08/2019 15:44

Agree should have minimum 256gb.however I upgraded my 2015 MacBook with a …Agree should have minimum 256gb.however I upgraded my 2015 MacBook with a larger hard drive.slot in job, use the original one for external storage now.works fine.


Yours was the last model that had a modular SSD. Apple has integrated it to the main logic board now in the interests of stitching customers up for more money - sorry, I mean, ‘making it really thin’
Not voting cold but this is an awful laptop to be avoided at all costs.

Garbage specs for the price, garbage design with a garbage faulty keyboard. The only half decent MacBooks to be had are non-butterfly keyboard models (like the pre-retina MacBook Airs or pre-2015 Pros).
plewis0025/08/2019 13:49

We have Dyson’s when they work, they work well, though the Lithium M …We have Dyson’s when they work, they work well, though the Lithium Manganese battery randomly died after not a lot of use and a replacement seems to cost more than a mid-range vacuum cleaner... Both this and the MacBook 12” have hobbled low wattage Y-series CPUs, fine for many but they’re substantially slower than U or H series. USB-C sticks don’t sit flush to the Mac so it’s not so much about expansion, more why is there no SD slot or modular SSD drive - if that thing dies what happens to your data? Also Windows on a Mac just doesn’t run well, everything you like about slickness on a MacBook disappears when you run Windows on it, even the touchpad becomes amazingly average.


Couldn’t disagree more about bootcamp and running Windows. I’ve done it on both a macbook pro 15 and the 12“ macbook and it was perfect on both. I use it as the main OS on the macbook 12.
I just came here for the apple hate. As usual it is strong.

To to be fair though 256 should be the minimum.
Sp0oner25/08/2019 20:34

Couldn’t disagree more about bootcamp and running Windows. I’ve done it on …Couldn’t disagree more about bootcamp and running Windows. I’ve done it on both a macbook pro 15 and the 12“ macbook and it was perfect on both. I use it as the main OS on the macbook 12.


That’s great for you. I’ve done it and while it worked, battery life is reduced and the experience is poor enough that if I’m mostly going to use Windows, I’m better off getting a high-end Windows machine. Most people with Macs just use Parallels and virtualise rather than Boot Camp and the forums have many complaints about it. It does work but it’s less than optimal and negates many of the benefits of the Mac in the first place.
plewis0025/08/2019 22:51

That’s great for you. I’ve done it and while it worked, battery life is red …That’s great for you. I’ve done it and while it worked, battery life is reduced and the experience is poor enough that if I’m mostly going to use Windows, I’m better off getting a high-end Windows machine. Most people with Macs just use Parallels and virtualise rather than Boot Camp and the forums have many complaints about it. It does work but it’s less than optimal and negates many of the benefits of the Mac in the first place.


I don't get that at all. I have a high end Windows PC and laptop (Dell XPS 15) and the Macbook 12 runs Windows 10 faultlessly and have never had any issues and neither did I encounter issues with the Macbook Pro 15 years ago which was Windows 7 back then.

It might be less battery life than if you were booted into Mac OS however it's still more than most Windows laptops.

Virtualisation takes a decent spec and unless done on a very powerful machine I would never choose that over running the OS natively in dual boot if you want use that OS extensively. On a macbook 12 virtualisation would be a waste of time where as bootcamp is flawless.
Sp0oner26/08/2019 00:04

I don't get that at all. I have a high end Windows PC and laptop (Dell XPS …I don't get that at all. I have a high end Windows PC and laptop (Dell XPS 15) and the Macbook 12 runs Windows 10 faultlessly and have never had any issues and neither did I encounter issues with the Macbook Pro 15 years ago which was Windows 7 back then.It might be less battery life than if you were booted into Mac OS however it's still more than most Windows laptops.Virtualisation takes a decent spec and unless done on a very powerful machine I would never choose that over running the OS natively in dual boot if you want use that OS extensively. On a macbook 12 virtualisation would be a waste of time where as bootcamp is flawless.


The MacBook 12 is only a Core M of some sort, it'll run fine but they make poor Windows machines in terms of value so if someone is going to spend less time in Mac OS and more time in Windows, then it's not a Mac they want.

You're wrong about virtualisation: it's done in hardware these days with Intel VT-x and has direct access to the hardware, that's why people usually recommend you run Parallels not fiddle around with Boot Camp. It also runs fine on a MacBook 12 which has VT-x, for the few apps I wanted to run in Windows, Parallels was a much better option. If you scour the forums you'll see most people recommending Parallels over Boot Camp - it does all the hard work for you.
t002225/08/2019 10:06

I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product …I dont get these laptops with such small storage, this is premium product but with as much storage as some cheap phones


They can charge for extra. But also people aren't using this to store files, they're using it for work
plewis0025/08/2019 18:46

Yours was the last model that had a modular SSD. Apple has integrated it …Yours was the last model that had a modular SSD. Apple has integrated it to the main logic board now in the interests of stitching customers up for more money - sorry, I mean, ‘making it really thin’


That is naughty. I love Apples notice ease of use v Windows, but agree, they don't help themselves with this type of thing.
herrbz26/08/2019 01:14

They can charge for extra. But also people aren't using this to store …They can charge for extra. But also people aren't using this to store files, they're using it for work


But typically the files you use for work take up space too... and if you're cloud-based so you don't need lots of storage then a Chromebook or similar will suit you better. Then on-top of that Apple gave the less-powerful MacBook 12", a 256GB base storage option, which suggests they can easily offer this. As the Air is positioned as the 12" successor why halve the storage and charge more?

Elephant_Boy27/08/2019 16:29

That is naughty. I love Apples notice ease of use v Windows, but agree, …That is naughty. I love Apples notice ease of use v Windows, but agree, they don't help themselves with this type of thing.


It was in the quest for thinness but the older Air and MacBook Pros are hardly thick. The worst bit is if you have a device failure, many businesses and protective users will want to take their SSD out of a machine before disposal or sending it for repair - good luck doing that when it's soldered onto the logic board. Just another in a long line of anti-consumer practices like nixing the headphone jack on the iPhones - I haven't missed it as much as I thought I might but occasionally I don't have any wireless headphones nearby and plugging some into it solves that problem.
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