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Cecret
Jan 17, 2011, 07:43 PM
I have had the 13" (1.86, 4gb, 128gb) for a week and love it but think the screen res is a little more than I need. I talked to apple and I can exchange it if I want, but can't decide. I mostly use my computer at work where I use it in addition to my windows box for times I want to use osx, and for travel - I have an iMac at home for real osx work in addition to an iPad for couch surfing etc.

My current 13" will be my only portable computer so I can't decide between the larger screen, better battery and processor of the 13" or the portability and sexy form factor of the 11" - the price would be the same as I would get the 11" ultimate. Any thoughts?



2IS
Jan 17, 2011, 08:13 PM
Well, i'm not really sure how anyone but you can answer your question. It's personal preference and I doubt you're going to get a consensus.

darknite38
Jan 17, 2011, 08:36 PM
Don't get the 11 inch, the 13 inch is 1440x900 over 13 inches.

the 11 inch is 1336x768 over 11 inches.

The resolution is smaller but in a smaller screen. Or larger in a larger screen.
I would keep the 13 incher if I were you, better battery, larger screen, same thickness, more storage?, more processor.

You can always change the resolution if you wanted to.

Shasta McNasty
Jan 17, 2011, 08:52 PM
^I totally agree with everything he said!

jamesryanbell
Jan 17, 2011, 09:15 PM
I'd get the 11". Wide screen, smaller foot print, easier to carry, unique.

newdeal
Jan 17, 2011, 09:36 PM
the 11" is clearly the one to get unless you need the battery life. Sure the 13" is better but the macbook pro is better than the air so if you are getting a 13 you may as well get the pro

2IS
Jan 17, 2011, 09:39 PM
the 11" is clearly the one to get unless you need the battery life. Sure the 13" is better but the macbook pro is better than the air so if you are getting a 13 you may as well get the pro

If you're going to get the 11, might as well get the 13. See what I did there?

Shasta McNasty
Jan 17, 2011, 10:22 PM
^I do, and i think its funny all the people who own the 11" say that the 13" air is like the 13" pro, so you should just get that instead...makes no sense. I will admit though, if i had the money for both, i would get them.

Bakari45
Jan 17, 2011, 10:31 PM
I also have the 11 and though sometimes screen real estate is an issue, the smaller form factor of the 11 is super ideal for me. The selling factor of the MBA for me was/is how small and compact it is.

Cecret
Jan 17, 2011, 11:05 PM
Let me put it another way:
Has anyone who owns the 13" regretted it and wished they had the 11" or visa versa?

revelated
Jan 18, 2011, 12:04 AM
I own the 11". I do often regret buying it instead of the ultimate 13". In fact I'd considered selling it and still am.

The 11" has a nice form factor. But it has its limits.

MoreAwesomeDanU
Jan 18, 2011, 12:11 AM
If you're going to get the 11, might as well get the 13. See what I did there?

ehh doesn't really work that way. The 11" can fit in my binder, in my gf's purse, and many other places where a 13" laptop can't. I can use it on a much smaller table/space, or have more paperwork/drawings along side a 11" than a 13" on the same table.

On the other hand, the only difference between the 13" mba and 13" mbp is the weight.

2IS
Jan 18, 2011, 12:17 AM
ehh doesn't really work that way. The 11" can fit in my binder, in my gf's purse, and many other places where a 13" laptop can't. I can use it on a much smaller table, or have more paperwork/drawings along side a 11" than a 13" on the same table.

On the other hand, the only difference between the 13" mba and 13" mbp is the weight.

And the size (thickness) which create enough separation between the products that they aren't exactly interchangeable as was implied.

deadlystriker
Jan 18, 2011, 12:28 AM
Keep the 13 inch.

Aatos.1
Jan 18, 2011, 12:41 AM
My current 13" will be my only portable computer so I can't decide between the larger screen, better battery and processor of the 13" or the portability and sexy form factor of the 11"
The 11" & 13" are exactly the same form factor. Differentiated only by size.

I find women sexy, Apple computers? Oh please!

A cold inanimate object is sexy? Simply sad. Or desperate.

MacQuest
Jan 18, 2011, 01:14 AM
Just wait 10 more hours for the new announcement.

Think about it. It'll be 9am PST on Tuesday morning and the same day that Apple will report quarterly earnings only a few hours later [1:30 PST].

I saw leaked pix of a new 9" and 15" MBA [with discrete NVIDIA Optimus graphics & Core i3 Sandy Bridge!!!] taken inside an elevator...

:eek: ... :p ... ;)

[I know, I know... NVIDIA Optimus is NOT discrete graphics and Core i3 Sandy Bridge has not been announced yet]

leowyatt
Jan 18, 2011, 03:24 AM
Let me put it another way:
Has anyone who owns the 13" regretted it and wished they had the 11" or visa versa?

I have the 13" and have never wished I'd bought the 11". This is my primary machine and the screen resolution and size is perfect for what I needed. I'd have probably found the 11" too small.

Ronnoco
Jan 18, 2011, 04:23 AM
The 11" & 13" are exactly the same form factor. Differentiated only by size.

I find women sexy, Apple computers? Oh please!

A cold inanimate object is sexy? Simply sad. Or desperate.

The 11" has a 16x9 display which I believe would change the form-factor..

robeddie
Jan 18, 2011, 05:28 AM
Well, i'm not really sure how anyone but you can answer your question. It's personal preference and I doubt you're going to get a consensus.

Well said.

And true to form, as you predicted, almost 20 posts later a series of 'get the 11 inch', 'no, keep the 13', 'no the 11 inch is better', 'wrong, the 13 inch rules'.

Honestly, we should all just boycott these 'which macbook air should I get' threads. A full grown adult can look at the spec sheets and decide which one they PREFER.

I almost think people post these questions so they can see us all bicker back and forth for their amusement. So pointless.

MikePA
Jan 18, 2011, 05:54 AM
A full grown adult can look at the spec sheets and decide which one they PREFER.

These threads are not started by 'full grown adults' regardless of their chronological age. They are started by people who can't decide what color socks to put on in the morning which is why their mother lays their clothes out for them. If their mom knew about technology, they wouldn't have to post.

Detlev_73
Jan 18, 2011, 06:22 AM
I haven't missed the 13" MBPro, and I only got that a couple of months before the 11.6". The Air is neat, little laptop! I recently took it and the iPad to Germany, but I never took the iPad out: I did have to write a paper while I was there for school, and didn't feel that the iPad was adequate, but once I'm out of school this quarter, I may revisit that. I have not needed the DVD burner at all; just seems too clunky. I understand how Apple may become the daring pioneer and get rid of optical medial altogether. I know what a lot of you may say, but it's inevitable that it'll happen.

I do like the idea of backing up stuff on DVD, but even then the copy may fail after a few years. I'll take my chances with hard drive backups.

FrancoRumors
Jan 18, 2011, 06:39 AM
MikePA - if you gonna post at least give an opinion relevant to the question in addition to the banter.

I say get the 11 inch - if you have a computer for work at work and a computer for work at home then get the 11 if portability is your main concern. I don't know how often you are using a portable where you don't have a power source so battery life is up to you. I have 17in MBP, 13 in macbook and 11 inch MBA. The diff between the screen on 13 macbook and 11 MBA is surprisingly not to bad (worth it for my needs) My vision is 20-20. I am not sure what your eye sight is like so once again... your decision.

My mom makes sure that all my socks are the same color and neatly wrapped into ball for storage so I have one less choice to make in the morning :eek:

And everyone knows smart people find the right clothes and stick with it :apple:

newdeal
Jan 18, 2011, 06:45 AM
^I do, and i think its funny all the people who own the 11" say that the 13" air is like the 13" pro, so you should just get that instead...makes no sense. I will admit though, if i had the money for both, i would get them.

I had the 13" air and returned it for the 13" pro...very glad I did the air had no advantage other than slight differance in weight and thickness...the pro is pretty thin as it is. Had the 11" had better battery life I would have gotten that...still probobly would have returned that too because I really make use of the backlit keyboard when computing in bed

sarah11918
Jan 18, 2011, 06:47 AM
One reason to seriously consider the 11.6" is if you fly a lot and will use it on airplane tray tables. My 11" is the perfect size for that. I find it the better size for needing to use it while actually traveling (in an airport restaurant, lounge or gate; on a plane; in a hotel lobby/bar). If I were only using it in stationary, dedicated places then I don't think the size would matter as much to me and I'm not sure I'd be second guessing my decision. They're both great machines, and I sure would love an SD card slot! :)

But for the record and since you asked, I have never regretted the smaller size.

bowlerman625
Jan 18, 2011, 11:32 AM
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Go for it! I love my 11" MBA and you will love yours!

markhanna
Jan 18, 2011, 11:41 AM
13" love mine.
11 is too closely related to iPad...

Cecret
Jan 18, 2011, 12:30 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm going to stick with the 13". I just wanted to make sure there were not a lot of people out there who regret their choice of either model and it seems like nobody does. In the end the larger screen and better battery life/performance beat out smaller size.

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 12:34 PM
I went store. 13 too fat. Im gonna by 11.

crazyyankeefan
Jan 18, 2011, 12:40 PM
Let me put it another way:
Has anyone who owns the 13" regretted it and wished they had the 11" or visa versa?

I think I can answer your concern perfectly. I originally bought the 11" one. After a week, I couldn't take it any more. The screen is way to small to do any productivity type of work, namely word processing, spreadsheet, etc. I exchanged for the 13" one and have never been happier.

You said you used it mainly in your office, right? Then 13" is definitely a keeper. Even if you travel sometimes, 13" is not much bigger or heavier than the 11" one anyway.

2IS
Jan 18, 2011, 12:43 PM
I went store. 13 too fat. Im gonna by 11.

Except that they're the same thickness

Nixon Face
Jan 18, 2011, 12:47 PM
Not top fat. Side fat.

Except that they're the same thickness

foiden
Jan 18, 2011, 02:22 PM
The 11" is a beautiful machine. It's not only the aspect of being thin, but it's sized and weighted like it's nothing. Surprisingly, it's pretty capable. The main things that kept me with the 13" was battery life, the SDCard slot (which technically acts as an ability to add fast non-moving SDCards operating at card-slot speeds), and the boosted screen resolution. It's like having a 15" machine without having a 15" machine. Being able to run content that would fill the screen on typical 13" machines, and have room to spare, is really useful.

Oddly enough, if the 11" had similar battery life, I'd probably would've went for the 11". It might have been just enough to tip the balance. However, the 13" MBA has taken more roles in my house than the 11" would've by itself. Partially because of specifics on where it outperforms my 2009 13" MBP, and where the MBP outperforms the MBA. For the most part, heavy lifting and true big projects get done on the MBP. It also is portable enough to where I may need to do that work away from home. (Like a portable studio). The MBA is more for the rest of activities. Browsing, watching vids, some gaming.

gwsat
Jan 18, 2011, 03:40 PM
Thanks for all the replies. I think I'm going to stick with the 13". I just wanted to make sure there were not a lot of people out there who regret their choice of either model and it seems like nobody does. In the end the larger screen and better battery life/performance beat out smaller size.
Both the 11 inch MBA and the 13 inch model are great little machines. No buyer could go wrong with either. Still, I think your decision to keep your 13 inch MBA was a good choice. Generally, our first decision is a better one that later, rethought, ones. As you noted,, if you exchanged your 13 inch model for the 11 inch, you would give up screen size, display resolution and battery life. That, coupled with the hassle of making the exchange would make the decision clear to me, at least. Keep enjoying your 13 inch MBA, I know I have been enjoying mine.

Mac32
Jan 18, 2011, 04:25 PM
As secondary machine: MBA 11'
As primary machine: MBA 13'

Simple as.. :) Preferably the primary machine should have a 15' screen (MBP) if you spend a lot of time in front of your computer. Any less will be annoying in the long run IMO. MBA 11' is the perfect portable computer, much more portable than the 13' (which is still great though).

magbarn
Jan 18, 2011, 04:54 PM
Keep the 13, I hate 16:9 displays like the 11". The day Apple makes the MBP 16:9, will be the day I stop upgrading.

robeddie
Jan 18, 2011, 05:07 PM
Keep the 13, I hate 16:9 displays like the 11". The day Apple makes the MBP 16:9, will be the day I stop upgrading.

I stopped upgrading after they went above 640 by 480 displays. All those annoying pixels and stuff ... The way I see it, I spend a LOT of money on these pixels ... I want to see the damn things!!!!