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jp700p
Jul 23, 2011, 01:49 PM
http://i.imgur.com/yMU4d.jpg

I didn't know which one to buy. The smaller size was ideal. But when I went to BestBuy and stacked them on top of each other, I was surprised the 11" isn't that much smaller than the 13".

Also included with the 13" is:
- SD card slot
- Better battery life
- More screen real estate (16:10 ratio vs 16:9 ratio on the 11")
- Slightly faster CPU
- Larger trackpad
- Improved resolution over the MacBook Pro 13" (1440x900 MBA vs 1280x800 on the MBP)
- Plus its a very competent work horse http://www.macworld.com/article/157893/2011/02/2011macbookpro_benchmarks.html
- And great for gaming as well http://www.appleownz.com/2011/07/21/2011-macbook-air-13-benchmarks/



scenemissing
Jul 23, 2011, 01:57 PM
For me it was the vertical resolution and the aspect ratio. I think I could have made the 11" work if it was a 16x10 screen, but 768 vertical pixels at that size was a little harsh for my day to day use.

onthecouchagain
Jul 23, 2011, 02:02 PM
I personally wouldn't be able to work on the 11". It's just too small for me. Everything looks and feels cramped. This is not to knock on anyone who's gotten the 11". It certainly has its benefits.

I'm amazed at the screen real estate on the 13". It doesn't feel the slightest bit cramped, unlike the 13" Pro.

jp700p
Jul 23, 2011, 02:02 PM
For me it was the vertical resolution and the aspect ratio. I think I could have made the 11" work if it was a 16x10 screen, but 768 vertical pixels at that size was a little harsh for my day to day use.

Very true. Its like 16:10 and 16:9 LCD monitors. When I went from a 24" 16:10 to a 24" 16:9, you can tell the difference easily and wish you had the extra pixels.

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 02:03 PM
The 11" also feels heavier in a way if that makes sense. The 13" has more surface to distribute the internal weight.

MattZani
Jul 23, 2011, 02:03 PM
Better Processor was a bonus, but the resolution being the same as my 08 MBP was the deal maker for me. I originally planned to get the next MBP refresh, and would only get the higher resolution, so I couldn't go down could I!

bobr1952
Jul 23, 2011, 02:05 PM
Good thread for a lot of us who are leaning towards the 13--I'm pretty sure that's the one I'll go for. :)

kimbermatic
Jul 23, 2011, 02:08 PM
I went for the 13" for those very reasons also.

However I really, really wanted the 11" mainly for work. When I am meetings all day and it gets crowded I thought it would be easier to manage.

Also for traveling it would be easier.

Now I may get an 11" 2010 model since they are coming down in price.

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 02:10 PM
The 13" has a larger trackpad. The 11" is somewhat limiting for those with big hands.

vty
Jul 23, 2011, 02:11 PM
That's a very big difference when it comes to just grabbing the laptop and walking out the door and through the airport, IMO.

Obi Wan Kenobi
Jul 23, 2011, 02:13 PM
The 11" also feels heavier in a way if that makes sense. The 13" has more surface to distribute the internal weight.

That doesn't make sense. Mathematically, taking into account the size of the machines, the 11" MBA is lighter in comparison to its size.

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 02:13 PM
That's a very big difference when it comes to just grabbing the laptop and walking out the door and through the airport, IMO.

Very big difference? For dwarfs maybe.

UniPro
Jul 23, 2011, 02:15 PM
The 13" has a larger trackpad. The 11" is somewhat limiting for those with big hands.

You must have never used a PC laptop then, the trackpad on the 11" is huge compared to 99% of what much large PC laptops have.

I really don't understand how anyone could consider it too small to use.

mscofield
Jul 23, 2011, 02:16 PM
Well, how much of a difference did you really expect of 2"?
I'll give you the SD slot and battery life, but specs can be even out.

I still don't really understand the bigger screen real estate on the 13"
Why not say the 13" has less horizontal space, instead of more vertical?
You could say 16:10 vs 16:9, but how about a 14,4:9 vs 16:9 ratio?

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 02:42 PM
You must have never used a PC laptop then, the trackpad on the 11" is huge compared to 99% of what much large PC laptops have.

I really don't understand how anyone could consider it too small to use.

I'm not comparing it to PC laptops, why would I? For me, the 13" trackpad is easier to use.

norsemen
Jul 23, 2011, 02:51 PM
Better Processor was a bonus, but the resolution being the same as my 08 MBP was the deal maker for me. I originally planned to get the next MBP refresh, and would only get the higher resolution, so I couldn't go down could I!

Could someone please enlighten me. I thought both 11" and 13" had the same CPU options (incl. BTO)?

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 02:53 PM
Could someone please enlighten me. I thought both 11" and 13" had the same CPU options (incl. BTO)?

1.6 vs 1.7, BTO is 1.8 for both.

Fernandez21
Jul 23, 2011, 03:03 PM
Right, and the difference in size of the htc evo and apple iPhone is even less than that, but people still harp that the evo is just too big and the iPhone is just right.

There is no right or wrong, what seems like a small difference to you is a big difference to me, just get what feels best for you.

clyde2801
Jul 23, 2011, 03:14 PM
The 11" isn't a bad little machine. If you can take the lack of depth, I think its a sharper display, the extra pixels per inch really show.

I went with 13" because of the longer lasting battery, sd card height, increased screen space (duh) for multitasking, and the fact that it's only $50 bucks more over the ultimate 11".

s.hasan546
Jul 23, 2011, 03:15 PM
I didn't know which one to buy. The smaller size was ideal. But when I went to BestBuy and stacked them on top of each other, I was surprised the 11" isn't that much smaller than the 13".

Also included with the 13" is:
- SD card slot
- Better battery life
- More screen real estate (16:10 ratio vs 16:9 ratio on the 11")
- Slightly faster CPU
- Larger trackpad
- Improved resolution over the MacBook Pro 13" (1440x900 MBA vs 1280x800 on the MBP)
- Plus its a very competent work horse http://www.macworld.com/article/157893/2011/02/2011macbookpro_benchmarks.html
- And great for gaming as well http://www.appleownz.com/2011/07/21/2011-macbook-air-13-benchmarks/

IMHO that's a HUGE difference. esp. for someone like me who flys every month and commutes 2 hours a day on the train.
Resolution is technically better but i remember reading the 11" dpi was actually higher. The 11" is just as competent of a work horse and same in gaming.

Also for people who need a "work Horse" and they are at a desk all day they should have a multi-monitor setup anyway. I have 2 22" monitors for when im at my desk (most of the day)

The 11" also feels heavier in a way if that makes sense. The 13" has more surface to distribute the internal weight.

I have no clue what you mean and how it even makes sense. The 11" feels more portable, lighter, and much more easy to throw around with one hand than the 13" anyday.

Very big difference? For dwarfs maybe.

So almost 30% lighter and smaller isn't a big difference :rolleyes:

sillyrabbitt
Jul 23, 2011, 03:19 PM
argh a thread like this making rethink the white vs black ipad dilemma i had with myself. it drives me crazy when i start to second guess myself

i went white ipad and 11" mba and i am happy but its good to know all the things to consider any how.

thanks for the info and analysis

coolbreeze
Jul 23, 2011, 03:23 PM
IMHO that's a HUGE difference. esp. for someone like me who flys every month and commutes 2 hours a day on the train.


I fly every week (Platinum on Delta) and chose the 13"

I carry my iPad 2, Kindle 3, MBA and a Lenovo T400 in my Tom Bihn bag.

The difference in the 11 and 13" is such a drop in the bucket, it just doesn't matter.

I guess if ounces are critical to you, then it makes sense. Otherwise, the benefits the 13" offers over the netbook 11"'r are just a no-brainer.

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 03:32 PM
IMHO that's a HUGE difference. esp. for someone like me who flys every month and commutes 2 hours a day on the train.
Resolution is technically better but i remember reading the 11" dpi was actually higher. The 11" is just as competent of a work horse and same in gaming.

Also for people who need a "work Horse" and they are at a desk all day they should have a multi-monitor setup anyway. I have 2 22" monitors for when im at my desk (most of the day)



I have no clue what you mean and how it even makes sense. The 11" feels more portable, lighter, and much more easy to throw around with one hand than the 13" anyday.



So almost 30% lighter and smaller isn't a big difference :rolleyes:

I used an 11" MBA since Wed. and returned it this morning and now on a 13" MBA. There isn't much difference to me as far as portability. The 13" is so easy to carry.

s.hasan546
Jul 23, 2011, 04:01 PM
I fly every week (Platinum on Delta) and chose the 13"

I carry my iPad 2, Kindle 3, MBA and a Lenovo T400 in my Tom Bihn bag.

The difference in the 11 and 13" is such a drop in the bucket, it just doesn't matter.

I guess if ounces are critical to you, then it makes sense. Otherwise, the benefits the 13" offers over the netbook 11"'r are just a no-brainer.

Nice. im diamond on Cathay Pacific. Even tho business class has plenty of room the train sux, laptop has to stay on my lap the whole time....

the difference in weight is almost 25%-30%. thats substantial to me.

Also i understand everyone thinks the screen hurts to do work on for extended periods of time which i might agree to an extent. I do have 2 22" monitors for externals on my work desk (where i use it the majority of the time) so i guess my view isn't the same as someone who has the mba 11" only.

s.hasan546
Jul 23, 2011, 04:03 PM
I used an 11" MBA since Wed. and returned it this morning and now on a 13" MBA. There isn't much difference to me as far as portability. The 13" is so easy to carry.

agree to disagree than? to me and many others it's a substantial difference. For me the portability difference is substantial enough since screen size doesn't matter to me since a majority of the time i have my laptop hooked up to 2 external monitors.

Obscurelight
Jul 23, 2011, 04:05 PM
I already have an iPad so I'm going for the 13 as 11'" seems to be barely any bigger than iPads.

KPOM
Jul 23, 2011, 04:18 PM
One potentially significant reason to go with the 11" is that it's the cheapest way to get the Core i7, since it's available on the 128GB model, while on the 13", it's available only on the 256GB model. $1349 list for a Core i7 MacBook Air is nice.

Gemütlichkeit
Jul 23, 2011, 04:39 PM
sounds ridiculous but the SD slot was a huge selling point for me

Obscurelight
Jul 23, 2011, 04:46 PM
sounds ridiculous but the SD slot was a huge selling point for me

Not at all, many professionals in various fields tend to use SD cards and the convenience is appreciated even among consumers who uses electronics like digital cameras. Of course there is always the option to buy the adapters but I tend to lose small things or other people tend to lose it for me when they clean.

yakapo
Jul 23, 2011, 04:46 PM
I'm trying to decide between the 13" and the 11". Here's the biggest factors for me...

1. I want the lowest dpi. That's right, the lowest. I need the text to be as large as possible. I looked at both at the mac store but its hard to make a decision in 30 min. standing there. I'm 36 and even with glasses on, I would never be able to use the 27" imac. The mac store employees showed me the magnification feature which will be useful in a pinch but not ideal.

2. Will 2gb of ram be enough? This is my first apple laptop purchase (although I've had several iphones and I have an ipad). It seemed just fine at the store but I wonder what it would be like after a year.

3. is 64 gig of ssd enough if I ever decide to install Win7? I wonder how much room osx + ilife + win 7 takes?

4. Instead of paying $200 for the 11" upgrade (assuming I need the ram + ssd space) I'd rather get the 13".

Thanks!

ghsNick
Jul 23, 2011, 04:46 PM
The 11" also feels heavier in a way if that makes sense. The 13" has more surface to distribute the internal weight.

That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
I'm loving my 11". It felt like a feather compared to the 13".

So trying to say it's "evenly" distributed just sounds retarded.

Obscurelight
Jul 23, 2011, 04:49 PM
So trying to say it's "evenly" distributed just sounds retarded.

Maybe "dense" would be a better description than evenly distributed. Of course not the dumb dense but density

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 04:53 PM
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
I'm loving my 11". It felt like a feather compared to the 13".

So trying to say it's "evenly" distributed just sounds retarded.

I didn't mean the 13" is literally lighter than the 11". The weight difference is barely over half a pound. I can hardly feel a difference in the weight and since the 13" is bigger it's easier for me to handle and not feel like I'll crush it.

If the 11" felt like a feather compared to the 13", might need to eat your Wheaties.

iNeedToDoHw
Jul 23, 2011, 04:54 PM
Nice. im diamond on Cathay Pacific. Even tho business class has plenty of room the train sux, laptop has to stay on my lap the whole time....

the difference in weight is almost 25%-30%. thats substantial to me.

Also i understand everyone thinks the screen hurts to do work on for extended periods of time which i might agree to an extent. I do have 2 22" monitors for externals on my work desk (where i use it the majority of the time) so i guess my view isn't the same as someone who has the mba 11" only.

lol expensive bag

yakapo
Jul 23, 2011, 04:55 PM
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
I'm loving my 11". It felt like a feather compared to the 13".

So trying to say it's "evenly" distributed just sounds retarded.

did you get the cheaper one? Is the ram enough for you? I'm a light user. The heaviest use for me would be the ilife video editing (very rare occasion).

I agree that it feels noticeably lighter.

ghsNick
Jul 23, 2011, 04:56 PM
Maybe "dense" would be a better description than evenly distributed. Of course not the dumb dense but density

The way the 13" is wider was a deal breaker for me. Not to mention the viewing angles/resolution is better on the 11".

To each their own...but I have an iMac and was debating between iPad and Air...the Air suits my needs.

But I hate it when people try and say the 13" is better because of "reasons" (like density) that make no sense.

The larger trackpad, battery life, SD card, and screen real estate are better on the 13".

But the portability, price, pixel density, and resolution/viewing angles are better on the 11".

There is no "perfect" choice lol.

ghsNick
Jul 23, 2011, 04:58 PM
did you get the cheaper one? Is the ram enough for you? I'm a light user. The heaviest use for me would be the ilife video editing (very rare occasion).

I agree that it feels noticeably lighter.

I spent the extra $100 because I would never pay $1000 for only 64GBs. So I have 128GB and 4GB of RAM. I even talked a lady (who wasn't a heavy user) to the higher 11".

2GB of RAM is a joke in the low end...Lion requires 2 GB. And I'm trying to hold onto this thing for 3 years. So 4 GB of RAM will be worth it in the long run.

ghsNick
Jul 23, 2011, 05:01 PM
I didn't mean the 13" is literally lighter than the 11". The weight difference is barely over half a pound. I can hardly feel a difference in the weight and since the 13" is bigger it's easier for me to handle and not feel like I'll crush it.

If the 11" felt like a feather compared to the 13", might need to eat your Wheaties.

Haha making fun...I don't want to sound like a jerk bragging or whatever. But I'm 155lbs and can bench 235lbs. I'm pretty strong for my size...and if you grab one in each hand and kind of compare the two...the 11in feels a lot lighter than the 13 because the 13 is distributed over a larger amount of space. If the 11 weighed the same as the 13 I still wouldn't mind...I just don't like how it's distributed over a larger amount of space.

AbeFroman77
Jul 23, 2011, 05:08 PM
Haha making fun...I don't want to sound like a jerk bragging or whatever. But I'm 155lbs and can bench 235lbs. I'm pretty strong for my size...and if you grab one in each hand and kind of compare the two...the 11in feels a lot lighter than the 13 because the 13 is distributed over a larger amount of space. If the 11 weighed the same as the 13 I still wouldn't mind...I just don't like how it's distributed over a larger amount of space.

How many reps? :p

Just saying, the size and weight difference isn't as big, to me at least.

ghsNick
Jul 23, 2011, 05:10 PM
How many reps? :p

Just saying, the size and weight difference isn't as big, to me at least.

Lol that's my Max. But for weighing 155 I feel pretty darn good about it.
I do a lot of cardio (running/pushups) but I've been trying to bulk up so I've been pushing heavier weight with less reps.

And sorry for taking this thread off topic lol.

newdeal
Jul 23, 2011, 05:16 PM
I looked at the 11" today. I love the idea of the 11" but its just too small. Even if you put the dock on the right side of the screen everything is cramped. Forget about using the dock at the bottom it cuts off like 15% of the vertical. The 13" is great to me but unfortunately as good as the 13" is its hard to justify over the pro

Enthios
Jul 23, 2011, 05:17 PM
When I'm at home, I never use my laptop open; it's always in clamshell mode and connected to my 26" monitor. Given that (and the added convenience of the 11" for traveling), is there a reason to have the 13" version?

s.hasan546
Jul 23, 2011, 05:23 PM
When I'm at home, I never use my laptop open; it's always in clamshell mode and connected to my 26" monitor. Given that (and the added convenience of the 11" for traveling), is there a reason to have the 13" version?

exactly. To me there is no reason for the 13". 90% of the time i have my laptop connected to my 2 x 22" multi-monitor setup. The only other times i use the laptop is on the train or plane, which the 11" is better suited for IMHO.

Toonbay
Jul 23, 2011, 05:28 PM
I looked at the 11" today. I love the idea of the 11" but its just too small. Even if you put the dock on the right side of the screen everything is cramped. Forget about using the dock at the bottom it cuts off like 15% of the vertical. The 13" is great to me but unfortunately as good as the 13" is its hard to justify over the pro

sorry have to disagree here, dock is fine at bottom, hardly takes any room up and just use auto hide so it disappears??

Nit picking here

ender21
Jul 23, 2011, 05:39 PM
I fly every week (Platinum on Delta) and chose the 13"

I carry my iPad 2, Kindle 3, MBA and a Lenovo T400 in my Tom Bihn bag.

The difference in the 11 and 13" is such a drop in the bucket, it just doesn't matter.

I guess if ounces are critical to you, then it makes sense. Otherwise, the benefits the 13" offers over the netbook 11"'r are just a no-brainer.

Holy Moses, that's a lotta gear! Percentage-wise, you're right. Not a big difference given your particular load.

Just out of curiosity, have you considered virtualizing the T400 onto your MBA? *That* wouldn't be a drop in the bucket. I just put the finishing touches on VM'ing my wife's Lenovo XP Pro machine onto her new MBA 11" and now she only needs one machine.

ender21
Jul 23, 2011, 05:47 PM
I'm trying to decide between the 13" and the 11". Here's the biggest factors for me...

1. I want the lowest dpi. That's right, the lowest. I need the text to be as large as possible. I looked at both at the mac store but its hard to make a decision in 30 min. standing there. I'm 36 and even with glasses on, I would never be able to use the 27" imac. The mac store employees showed me the magnification feature which will be useful in a pinch but not ideal.

How about the 13" MBP? That's only 1280 pixels wide. But if you're sticking with the MBA 13 vs MBA 11 dilemma, then the 13 has lower DPI.



2. Will 2gb of ram be enough? This is my first apple laptop purchase (although I've had several iphones and I have an ipad). It seemed just fine at the store but I wonder what it would be like after a year.

My opinion, NO. Bump up to 4. Especially since it's permanent. THere's no going back and deciding to upgrade later if your needs change.



3. is 64 gig of ssd enough if I ever decide to install Win7? I wonder how much room osx + ilife + win 7 takes?

No. When I bootcamped a barebones Win7 HP setup on my old MBA, I want to say it took up anywhere from 11 to 16GB before installing any apps. That's a significant chunk of a 64GB SSD.


4. Instead of paying $200 for the 11" upgrade (assuming I need the ram + ssd space) I'd rather get the 13".

Personal choice. I went with the 13 but got my wife an 11. I find the 11 surprisingly easy to work on for mundane tasks, but when I start doing any photo or video work I'm going to want the 13.

h00ligan
Jul 23, 2011, 05:48 PM
I wouldn't get carried away with the great for gaming line.

ender21
Jul 23, 2011, 05:48 PM
That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
I'm loving my 11". It felt like a feather compared to the 13".

So trying to say it's "evenly" distributed just sounds retarded.

I got what he said. My wife's 11" feels denser than my own 13", despite it still feeling like a feather.

EDIT: How do I delete a post? I just realized I should be posting my consecutive posts in just ONE post but don't find an easy DELETE key. Mods, my apologies!

misterneums
Jul 23, 2011, 05:51 PM
I fly every week (Platinum on Delta) and chose the 13"

I carry my iPad 2, Kindle 3, MBA and a Lenovo T400 in my Tom Bihn bag.


What Tom Bihn bag, if I may ask? (I probably know you from their forums if you're active there.)

urkel
Jul 23, 2011, 06:04 PM
I wanted an 11" but Went with the 13 because this will be my primary computer and since I go dual screen a lot (which means I sit further back from the air) the 11" screen is too difficult to use for me.

One thing Id really like to see Apple do is cut down on the 11" bezel. With a screen that small then the bezel looks huge. I know it's more for sturdiness because they didn't want to glass like on the Pro, but if I had a choice then Id much rather have it be slightly thicker than have a larger footprint.

berkleeboy210
Jul 23, 2011, 06:23 PM
I sold my 2010 11"MBA and got the 2011 13" MBA :)

Fernandez21
Jul 23, 2011, 06:33 PM
1. I want the lowest dpi. That's right, the lowest. I need the text to be as large as possible. I looked at both at the mac store but its hard to make a decision in 30 min. standing there. I'm 36 and even with glasses on, I would never be able to use the 27" imac. The mac store employees showed me the magnification feature which will be useful in a pinch but not ideal.


That doesnt make any sense, the higher the dpi, the EASIER it is to read text as the letters appear clearer and crisper. If its because of the size of the font on the screen, you can change that in the settings menu, or at least you can in windows (I dont have a mac yet)

InfernoZeus
Jul 23, 2011, 06:46 PM
That doesnt make any sense, the higher the dpi, the EASIER it is to read text as the letters appear clearer and crisper. If its because of the size of the font on the screen, you can change that in the settings menu, or at least you can in windows (I dont have a mac yet)

The crucial factor is what screen size the OS is set to. If you have a really high density screen, at a low resolution, it'll still seem clearer than a low density screen, at the same resolution.

yakapo
Jul 23, 2011, 11:11 PM
That doesnt make any sense, the higher the dpi, the EASIER it is to read text as the letters appear clearer and crisper. If its because of the size of the font on the screen, you can change that in the settings menu, or at least you can in windows (I dont have a mac yet)

That's just the issue... you can't change the global font size on a mac. I don't care how crisp it is. I just want it to be as large as possible. Today I went to the mac store and pulled up a stool in front of the 13" and 11". The fonts are a tiny bit bigger on the 13". For example when you pull up itunes the fonts are pretty small. On the calendar you can make the fonts bigger and you can easily make things bigger in safari. Check out this thread.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=352057

yakapo
Jul 23, 2011, 11:12 PM
How about the 13" MBP? That's only 1280 pixels wide. But if you're sticking with the MBA 13 vs MBA 11 dilemma, then the 13 has lower DPI.



My opinion, NO. Bump up to 4. Especially since it's permanent. THere's no going back and deciding to upgrade later if your needs change.



No. When I bootcamped a barebones Win7 HP setup on my old MBA, I want to say it took up anywhere from 11 to 16GB before installing any apps. That's a significant chunk of a 64GB SSD.



Personal choice. I went with the 13 but got my wife an 11. I find the 11 surprisingly easy to work on for mundane tasks, but when I start doing any photo or video work I'm going to want the 13.

Thank you! I'm going with the 13".

coolbreeze
Jul 23, 2011, 11:17 PM
What Tom Bihn bag, if I may ask? (I probably know you from their forums if you're active there.)
Empire builder. Don't use any sleeves...just have my T400 in a neoprene case and the Air in a small padded case. Plenty of room.

As for their forums, I posted there years ago (can't remember my username) but haven't been back since.

nvcplus
Jul 23, 2011, 11:39 PM
the difference in weight is almost 25%-30%. thats substantial to me.


It is 19% actually. 20-30% sounds a lot larger out of context. But we are talking about OUNCES here.

Literally 2.38 compared to 2.96. Just over a half a pound more.

I have both 11 and 13. It is not that it is heavier in any way, really. Now if you want to talk about actual physical size, yes, it can be annoying in certain situations.

Still highly prefer the 13 though :)

kis
Jul 23, 2011, 11:49 PM
I spend about 12 hours on trains every week and for me, the decision was a no-brainer: I went with the 13" without ever considering the 11", TBH.

The bigger screen makes all the difference for me. I don't really want to go into the "higher pixel density" discussion as it's irrelevant for me - I simply don't like sitting in front of a tiny (IMO) 11" screen. For me, watching movies on a train is more relaxing on a bigger screen, and so is doing work on it.

13" have always been the minimum for me - I tried smaller (PC) notebooks but have come back to that form factor every time.

As fars as weight goes: it's heavier than an iPad, but it's not much heavier than an iPad + keyboard.

nyererei
Jul 24, 2011, 12:08 AM
I went with the 13" MBA for two reasons really.

1) Screen size: Working for long hours staring at a screen day in and day out, the 13 inch would be more easier on my eyes over the long run. I've used an HP netbook before with a 10.1 inch screen size and while extremely portable, the lack of screen real estate really dampened my experiences in certain programs.

2) Battery life. The stated 7 hrs (probably more like 5-6hrs real time) is enough to get me through a work day without the constant fear of having to find an outlet.

Aside from those two issues, I'd be happy with either MBA versions.

Fernandez21
Jul 24, 2011, 01:20 AM
That's just the issue... you can't change the global font size on a mac. I don't care how crisp it is. I just want it to be as large as possible. Today I went to the mac store and pulled up a stool in front of the 13" and 11". The fonts are a tiny bit bigger on the 13". For example when you pull up itunes the fonts are pretty small. On the calendar you can make the fonts bigger and you can easily make things bigger in safari. Check out this thread.

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=352057

Oh, wow, that sucks. I didn't know you couldn't that. In that case I take back my previous statement if the font size is too small for you. Amazing how a small feature like that is omitted from OSx.

VMMan
Jul 24, 2011, 02:47 AM
Coke vs Pepsi
Tastes better vs Less Filling
New Coke vs Coke [classic]
McDonald's vs Burger King
Thin or Thick Crust

All tough decisions and basically totally personal.

I didn't need another portable laptop or desktop since I use a MBP 17", so I opted for a more mobile MBA 11".

But, if I didn't have a MBP 17, then I would... hmmm... I still would have chosen the MBA 11" but probably also an iMac 27" perhaps.

I need 1 of each: phone, tablet, mobile laptop, desktop/big laptop