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TheJing
Oct 17, 2011, 01:01 PM
Just curious to know.

I'm so used to saying Pro and not Air but you guys are not stupid so you get it, I guess.



jamesryanbell
Oct 17, 2011, 01:07 PM
I sold an iPad for my 11", and it's the best move I've ever made. LOVE my 11" MBA.

NutsNGum
Oct 17, 2011, 01:36 PM
They're great, but screen was too small for me. Upgraded to the 13".

IngerMan
Oct 17, 2011, 01:40 PM
I traded in my 2010 13" MBA for the new 11". Very happy with my decision.

impulse462
Oct 17, 2011, 02:06 PM
I actually gave my Late 2010 11" Macbook Air to my mom after using it for around 9 months. I really loved it, but the 13" with the Sandy Bridge gave me a lot more power and battery life so I opted for that.

c613m
Oct 17, 2011, 02:40 PM
Heck yes I'm happy and satisfied with the Air 11", probably one of the best computers I've ever owned.

komoornik
Oct 17, 2011, 03:25 PM
Yupp, the 11" Macbook Pro is really Pro.

TheJing
Oct 17, 2011, 03:32 PM
Yupp, the 11" Macbook Pro is really Pro.

That was almost funny.

bwhinnen
Oct 17, 2011, 04:19 PM
Very happy with my MacBook Air 11". I'd like to see the MacBook Pro 11" though :)

Nioxic
Oct 17, 2011, 04:22 PM
i'm happy with my air..

even though its not called pro, its easily the best laptop i've owned :p

also its the 3rd laptop i've owned and the first mac :p soo.... :D

GekkePrutser
Oct 17, 2011, 05:43 PM
Very happy with my MacBook Air 11". I'd like to see the MacBook Pro 11" though :)

It would probably look very similar to a unibodyfied widescreen PowerBook 12". Kinda defeats the purpose if it's so small in footprint but yet as thick and heavy as a pro. The PowerBook 12" was nice for its time but that form factor is on its way out.

By the way, I voted 'no', because I did wish I hadn't ordered mine and was able to return it. The screen was too small for me too, and the DPI too high. I think I'll go for the 13" now, not 100% sure yet because its DPI is also pretty high.

DieterRams
Oct 17, 2011, 06:19 PM
I owned both and switched from 11" to 13". In a nutshell, the trackpad and palm rest were too short for comfort.

yetieater
Oct 17, 2011, 07:04 PM
My favorite machine so far. If I had to complain... it would be the battery that's weighing me down!

case2001
Oct 17, 2011, 08:13 PM
I love my MacBook Air. It is by far the best portable machine I have owned. I t filled exactly the niche I was looking for. I am an old Dos/windows pc guy and this was my first Mac! I love my iPhone for short emails and quick look ups, but I had to have a keyboard and larger screen for word, excel and more lengthy emails. It had to be small with long battery life because I change office locations across town everyday. It is built like a tank, works all day long without a charge, has a fantastic screen which is balanced with an outstanding keyboard. What is not to like? I have the 64g base model but that is plenty big enough. My 32gig iPhone carries all my media when I am on the road. I synch th iPhone with the air when home. At home, I have a network drive for media that the air accesses. Ok I will shut up now. :)

summitRun
Oct 17, 2011, 08:47 PM
Other than the crappy keyboard, it's awesome. Provided my eyes hold out I cant imagine owning anything else...11.6 is the perfect mobile form factor.

nebulos
Oct 17, 2011, 09:17 PM
i returned an 11". most people who got the 11" and didn't like it probably did the same, so I wouldn't read much from the poll numbers. (not being an 11" owner anymore, i wouldn't vote.) however, the comments seem helpful.

i really wanted the 11" and i really wanted to ignore what was, for me, the practical superiority of the 13". i liked the 11" but i got over it and decided the 13" was the better choice (for me!).

IngerMan
Oct 17, 2011, 09:25 PM
i returned an 11". most people who got the 11" and didn't like it probably did the same, so I wouldn't read much from the poll numbers. (not being an 11" owner anymore, i wouldn't vote.) however, the comments seem helpful.

i really wanted the 11" and i really wanted to ignore what was, for me, the practical superiority of the 13". i liked the 11" but i got over it and decided the 13" was the better choice (for me!).

Did you really get over it, you do not sound convincing...:p

VMMan
Oct 17, 2011, 11:47 PM
I like my MBA 11" so much that when I have to use my MBP 17", I connect it to an external 11" display.

zap2
Oct 18, 2011, 12:39 AM
Yes, a fantastic warrior which I can bring with me almost everywhere. The only thing I wish was different was i7, a 256GB SSD and Thunderbolt port, but I can wait to upgrade until the hardware is clearly better then the C2D w/ 320M GeForce.

vitzr
Oct 18, 2011, 12:46 AM
They're great, but screen was too small for me. Upgraded to the 13".
I couldn't decide so I bought both.

After a fair test of six weeks, I too got rid of the 11". I still voted that I liked it because it's just a matter of personal preference.

If you don't need much of a display, the 11" will suffice.

Conversely if you plan on using it frequently the 13" is a truly great laptop.

case2001
Oct 18, 2011, 05:47 AM
Other than the crappy keyboard, it's awesome. Provided my eyes hold out I cant imagine owning anything else...11.6 is the perfect mobile form factor.

I love the keyboard. I was used to the older IBM
long throw keyboards and thought I would hate these. However, I enjoy this keyboard so much I bought an Apple keyboard for my window 7 system!

jabbawok
Oct 18, 2011, 06:22 AM
I had a 15" pro before this air and I can honestly say the air is the best laptop I have ever used. Portability, battery performance and power are in perfect balance. I'd like the i7 one mostly because of the backlit keyboard but the core2duo never feels sluggish. I'll most certainly be nutting the hex generation 11" air.

Jezak
Oct 18, 2011, 10:05 AM
I had a 13 inch and decided to go 11 inch when the summer refresh hit. I haven't regretted the size difference. Lion and its fullscreen features, removed any screen fears I had. I do wish the battery were a bit better, but not enough to go with the 13.

QuaziModo
Oct 18, 2011, 10:39 AM
For shear wow factor at the time my Sony TZ was the golden child but to be honest the strength and portability of this desktop replacement, IMHO, which we call the MBA 11" is the first laptop to hit the mark.

I rely on being able to use large graphs so having a machine like this which can drive my 30" Dell is gold! Also SSD in these is superb!

SSD is the single most important current upgrade for any user I think now.

TheJing
Oct 19, 2011, 08:50 AM
My favorite machine so far. If I had to complain... it would be the battery that's weighing me down!

Yea the battery isn't good on this thing.

mds
Oct 19, 2011, 12:30 PM
The 11inch is great. It is so light and small I take it everywhere. I travel a LOT (touring musician) and having this little guy with me is great. There are some times when a bigger screen would be nice, but 90% of the time the 11 inch is totally fine.

KylePowers
Oct 19, 2011, 02:24 PM
I love it. Sold my iPad 2 to buy it. I do have some complaints, however. Vertical resolution is sort of annoying, but not a huge deal. Keyboard is also kind of weird. And the battery life isn't very good (though easily double my last laptop). I also wish the screen could tilt back a tad more.

I always carry it around with me when I have my backpack. Barely notice it.

Surklyn
Oct 19, 2011, 02:31 PM
I sold an iPad for my 11", and it's the best move I've ever made. LOVE my 11" MBA.

I did the exact same thing!! The only thing I miss is reading my books on the iPad. I love this computer!

VMMan
Oct 20, 2011, 01:56 AM
Yes, it's as satisfying as a hair transplant

alecgold
Oct 20, 2011, 02:35 AM
Yes, it's as satisfying as a hair transplant

Hmm, dunno about that, but I really do like my 11" with thunderbolt display.
The display at the office saves my life when working with multiple large excel files, the 11" is all I need when I'm on the road. Battery time isn't that bad for me, and I have a car charger as well, so I could recharge it in between clients if I ever needed to do so.

Cheffy Dave
Oct 20, 2011, 03:02 AM
The MBA is a simply amazing Laptop, over the top for 98% of us:cool:

TheJing
Oct 20, 2011, 12:52 PM
The MBA is a simply amazing Laptop, over the top for 98% of us:cool:

Agree.

risc
Oct 23, 2011, 01:39 AM
I love my 11" i7.

The only things I'd change (if I could - which I can't) would be much better battery life, real video, and 3G. Maybe a better quality screen too. Hey if I'm going to dream, I may as well dream BIG.

As it is though, it's my favourite notebook ever. With the changes above it would be my favourite machine ever.

Quackington
Oct 23, 2011, 09:44 AM
I was seriously considering a Macbook Pro, but ended up getting the 11" MBA this year to replace my on-its-last-legs 12" PowerBook.

I was a bit apprehensive about getting a laptop without a disc drive, but I don't regret it for a moment!

joejoejoe
Oct 23, 2011, 12:10 PM
Not 100% happy but definitely not regretting the purchase. Like most people have already said it's the best laptop i've ever owned (had a 15 MBP before). This is faster, runs cooler, and is so much lighter, and the high res screen + full screen apps negate any cons of the size of the screen.

Only main issue is graphics performance. When streaming a film the frame rate drops so low I can't watch the movie anymore and the computer gets insanely hot.

That and the mediocre battery are my only complaints.

Is anyone else having the same graphics issue?

TheJing
Oct 23, 2011, 12:22 PM
Not 100% happy but definitely not regretting the purchase. Like most people have already said it's the best laptop i've ever owned (had a 15 MBP before). This is faster, runs cooler, and is so much lighter, and the high res screen + full screen apps negate any cons of the size of the screen.

Only main issue is graphics performance. When streaming a film the frame rate drops so low I can't watch the movie anymore and the computer gets insanely hot.

That and the mediocre battery are my only complaints.

Is anyone else having the same graphics issue?

I've never watched a movie on it but I've watched 1080p Youtube videos that are like an hour long and I didn't notice any heat or lags or anything.

Retops
Oct 23, 2011, 01:26 PM
Through the years I've searched for a capable small machine that would not weigh me down as I moved from job location to location. I had the Toshiba Libretto, the smallest Sony, and the original MBA as well as a Lenovo netbook. Only the original MBA met my needs.

I grabbed an 11 inch MBA the first day they were sold and I have never looked back. It disappears in my briefcase, handles my work requirements perfectly, can be hooked to an external display or to a projector, and goes everywhere I go. Perfect for me.

What could make it better? Well, I'd love to move my unlimited data plan from my Ipad to an 11 inch laptop. An MBA with built in cellular wireless would be my ideal.

zap2
Oct 23, 2011, 04:10 PM
I couldn't like it more...it's perfect, super small form factor, it replaced a 15" MBP, which I don't miss in the slightest. I greatly prefer the Air+Display or Air+Desktop(in my case a Mac mini), it does a better job of having speed when I need it and portability when I need that. Plus more pixels to work with.

jacob.schmidt
Oct 23, 2011, 05:52 PM
Going to buy the low end 13" MacBook air this week! I'm was torn between the MPB and MBA 13", but gonna pick the air.. The 13" Pro is way too outdated, and Air is just a smooth operator! :D

xraydoc
Oct 24, 2011, 08:37 PM
I've got the 11" i7 Air, my wife has the 13" i7 Air. Whenever I use hers, I find it too big and not portable enough.

For me, the 11" is the ultimate in portability, but it's not my only machine (see sig). My wife, on the other hand, uses her Air as her only machine, so I think she appreciates the 1440x900 13" screen.

mcagayat
Oct 25, 2011, 07:06 AM
I am amazed everytime I take it out of its sleeve! Its probably because this is my first mac, but still! I'm one of those people that wish I bought into apple sooner! I could've used this in university!

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TheJing
Oct 25, 2011, 07:20 AM
I am amazed everytime I take it out of its sleeve! Its probably because this is my first mac, but still! I'm one of those people that wish I bought into apple sooner! I could've used this in university!

Sent from my BlackBerry 9900 using Tapatalk

Yea I understand what you're saying. I wish I bought Apple sooner too.

I used to buy Sony laptops that cost like 1500 bucks anyway.

slpslee
Oct 25, 2011, 08:51 AM
I love my 11" MBA so much, I'm seriously thinking of getting one of the new Thunderbolt displays so I can plug it in at home and then giving my grandchildren my 27" iMac. I store all my files and libraries externally, so, really, the 256GB SSD drive is more than ample for system files. I have a great 15" i7 MBP, but it just seems big and clunky to me now. I liked the 13" Air; it just wasn't different enough from what I already owned. At first I wasn't really keen on Lion, but I'm getting used to it now.

French River
Oct 25, 2011, 08:57 AM
After using my 2011 ultimate 11" MBA for a few days, I thought, "Finally--this is what a notebook computer should be."

I started way back with a Bondi Blue iMac; moved to a 17" MBP; downsized to a 15" MBP; then on to a 13" MacBook, then to the 2010 13" MBA; and now this.

I think I finally got it right. The screen real estate occassionally feels a bit cramped, and who doesn't wish for more battery life, but the light weight and trim dimensions of the 11" MBA easily outweigh all downsides for me.

This is my only computer. I hook it up to a Cinema Display while at home, but use it on the road 40 to 50 percent of the time. The most challenging task I've encountered is publishing layout using InDesign CS5 on the 11" screen. But it's actually doable, much to my surprise.

LordVic
Oct 25, 2011, 09:13 AM
I'm happy with it. not 100% OMG WOW THIS IS AWESOMESAUCE happy, but definitely don't regret my decision

Let me I guess Predicate by saying, I would not have bought a Mac in the first place if i didnt have 1/2 the thing paid for by Gift Card. That weighs heavily on my decision. I was only out of pocket for $300.

That said. This is the best physical hardware I have ever had. Ever. I've gone through about 10 laptops (or more) over the course of the last 15 years. some excellent machines, some not so excellent machines. This by far has been the best built, and the nicest looking machine I have ever owned.

My only Caveats: OSx. It's beautiful and amazing to navigate. But i still feel like i'm in a closed playground and can only use the toys Apple wants me to. For the most part I haven't ran into anything i can't do, But OSx feels like 1/2 an OS to me. I can't really explain it better than that.

I kind of wish I went 13". and 4gb ram and perhaps 128gb hard drive. Nothing wrong with the 64gb version. it runs OSx flawlessly. No slowdowns ever, and I don't keep media on the machine so 64gb is enough. I just wish I had more. after 2 Months of use, I'm missing windows. but to dualboot OSx and Windows, 64gb isn't enough. I might blow away OSx and go only windows (if i can figure out how)

Lack of USB3 support doesn't bother me. But lack of any real consumer level TB devices (besides apple display) bothers me. Right now i have a wasted port on my device. I only use it for video dongle once in a blue moon. Apple really REALLY needs to push Thunderbolt device expansion or else a lot of Apple users are going to start questioning this port. I was fully expecting to see doc expandibility come out, similar to what Sony has one with Lightpeak allowing for better external graphic and other performance features for docking at home.

So, am I happy with it? Yes. I love it. But if i didnt have the gift card, I'd have waited for one fo the other Ultra books to come out instead