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Dornblaser
Nov 20, 2011, 11:43 AM
The recent articles about a 15" MBA almost making it to the market have been interesting reads. I was wondering how many folks would have opted for the 15" MBA if it were currently offered or might pick one up when it is introduced in '12?



boy-better-know
Nov 20, 2011, 11:49 AM
I had a really hard time choosing between the 11" and the 13" because I wanted portability (got the 13 in the end), If the 15" was available, it would never of even been an option. I want my desktop to have a large screen, not my laptop.

SDColorado
Nov 20, 2011, 12:06 PM
I chose the 13" as I thought it was the perfect blend of portability and screen size. Though I did give a *lot* of consideration to the 11" and spent many hours over 4 or 5 visits to the Apple store debating the two. The 15", had it been available, wouldn't have interested me for a couple of reasons. First, I already have a 17" MBP, and to me it simply wouldn't have been enough of a reduction in size to warrant having both. Secondly, I really wanted to go small. If I honestly thought I could have gotten away with the 11", I would have gone that route for sure. I spent the 14 days of the return period wondering if I could have gotten away with the 11" instead, and maybe I could have. But I have really come to love this 13" and think overall it was the best choice for me.

Maybe if you don't have another laptop or you are looking for a "desktop replacement," that is lightweight and thin, the 15" may make sense. But I still feel the overall sweet spots for the MBA are in the 11" and 13" models. But that is only my opinion, for whatever that is worth :)

Xikum
Nov 20, 2011, 12:25 PM
I wouldn't see the point in a 15" Air. If you want a 15" laptop, then you should be either getting a 15" Pro or a a Windows equivalent if you want. A 15" laptop really isnt portable (at least in my opinion) due to its size; it simply just won't fit in a normal sized bag, which means it doesn't matter how thin or light it is.

The MacBook Air also isnt the best for ventilation/cooling, as it only has one small slit in the back. To me, a 15" laptop is a desktop replacement, and therefore you would expect to be doing some more hardcore tasks on it; I wouldn't want to let my MacBook Air get THAT hot due to its poor cooling.

Dornblaser
Nov 20, 2011, 12:47 PM
I had the 15" MBP vs. iMac decision last year. A 15" Ivy MBA with 8 GB Ram and a 512 SSD might cause me to revisit the issue in '12.

DouchGod
Nov 20, 2011, 12:55 PM
I was considering getting a MacBook Air but I'm gonna hang around until march and see if these rumours are true.

vitzr
Nov 20, 2011, 01:03 PM
Just for fun I'll buy one no matter what it's called or how it's specked.

I'm taking Apple with a grain of salt until some of the old "Jobs Reality Distortion Field" fades away and I can be sure that Tim Cook is truly in control.

Whenever any company experiences a turnover of CEO's the dividing line between the two is blurred during the transitional phase.

After all the blah, blah, blah about Jobs leaving a future plan, I'm staying away from any serious decisions when it comes to my upgrade path.

ZBoater
Nov 20, 2011, 01:36 PM
I want the biggest, baddest screen on my laptop that not a chore to carry. A 15" MBA would be amazing. Thin to carry everywhere but an awesome large screen to work/view comfortably. I'm getting one!

TheJing
Nov 20, 2011, 01:37 PM
I bought an Air because I wanted true portability. A 15" wouldn't give me that.

johnhurley
Nov 20, 2011, 01:49 PM
A 15" Ivy MBA with 8 GB Ram and a 512 SSD might cause me to revisit the issue in '12.

Oooh la la ... a lot of people will be re-visiting if a 15 inch air with 8 gb of ram hits the streets!

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I want the biggest, baddest screen on my laptop that not a chore to carry. A 15" MBA would be amazing. Thin to carry everywhere but an awesome large screen to work/view comfortably. I'm getting one!

It will be tempting enough with 4 gb of ram. With 8 gb of ram it becomes unavoidable.