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Eggtastic
Nov 12, 2012, 09:53 PM
Title says it all MBA 11" owners, is this your only set up in terms of a screen.

I have a dell 23" screen and its great, only thing is I have found myself using it less and less. I have a buyer lined up to buy it for $175 (cheap but its off CL and i don't want to bother with ebay)

I have found myself enjoying this machine more and more on the couch, outside, etc. I don't see the point of having an extra screen if I don't use it as much anymore. Plus with the double tap feature on safari, it works wonders.

I don't want to regret selling this dell, but I feel right now this is a great way to make $175 on something I don't use much anymore. I use this basically for internet, music, some photoshop, photo management.

Thoughts, experiences?



daonesteven
Nov 12, 2012, 10:12 PM
If you're finding that you don't really need to be using your computer on a desk, then sell it. Otherwise, keep it.

Fattytail
Nov 12, 2012, 10:44 PM
I'm actually doing the exact opposite and looking to pickup an external monitor. I still find it quite useful for extended working sessions to have a larger monitor. The 11" isn't exactly conducive to good posture!

jbzcar
Nov 13, 2012, 12:55 AM
I have an older Cinema display on my desk, but I hardly ever plug it in anymore. I do better work away from home, and even on my 11" I can easily fit two Word documents side-by-side. Add being able to have multiple full screen Firefox windows just a quick swipe away, it's easy to stay untethered from the desk. :)

rbrian
Nov 13, 2012, 01:45 AM
Really it depends what you do. For most tasks it's fine, but I find myself wishing for more space when I'm working on big spreadsheets or photos. I mostly do the spreadsheets on my hated Toughbook, for compatibility, and work on photos on my iPad, because it's easier and just as good for a rank amateur.

Obi Wan Kenobi
Nov 13, 2012, 02:06 AM
Is your MBA a recent purchase? In my initial enthusiasm I didn't see any need for a larger screen. But I have found again and again that I sometimes need to see more than the 11 inch screen will allow.

My 11 inch MBA is perfect for over 90% (possibly 95%) of the time, but there are times when a bigger screen is required.

Redbull916
Nov 13, 2012, 02:45 AM
I have a 13" and sometimes hook it up to the 42" 1080 TV i have for my Mac Mini. Maybe I'm just getting old and my eyes are going.

comatose81
Nov 13, 2012, 11:38 AM
I have an 11" and don't use any external monitor. I think the screen is great - I zoom in/out as needed if I can't read something.

Psychj0e
Nov 13, 2012, 12:14 PM
If you think you can get by with the 11", you should really consider the iPhone 5/iPod 5 + bt keyboard setup.

Seriously, I'm trying this for the next month, to see if I can get by using it as my main setup :-) I can use it for pretty much everything I need it for - spotify, email, photoshop, ebaying, internet banking, reading newspapers, amazoning, googling, gaming, reading.

I did mention this on another thread btw, but that arrogant troll NutSNGun took it off topic.

Mrbobb
Nov 13, 2012, 12:55 PM
Sell it. Monitors only keep getting cheaper.

Eggtastic
Nov 13, 2012, 05:18 PM
If you think you can get by with the 11", you should really consider the iPhone 5/iPod 5 + bt keyboard setup.

Seriously, I'm trying this for the next month, to see if I can get by using it as my main setup :-) I can use it for pretty much everything I need it for - spotify, email, photoshop, ebaying, internet banking, reading newspapers, amazoning, googling, gaming, reading.

I did mention this on another thread btw, but that arrogant troll NutSNGun took it off topic.

haha that's quite the risk there but if it fits your needs, then go for it. As for now, I have the 11"mba and a samsung galaxy s3. i think its a perfect combo with extra portability.

down the line? maybe when the ipad offers a bit more, ill get a desktop + ipad combo. for now i think ill be selling my dell screen. thanks!

NutsNGum
Nov 13, 2012, 05:46 PM
I did mention this on another thread btw, but that arrogant troll NutSNGun took it off topic.

This is hilarious.

jksu
Nov 13, 2012, 07:31 PM
Title says it all MBA 11" owners, is this your only set up in terms of a screen.

I have a dell 23" screen and its great, only thing is I have found myself using it less and less. I have a buyer lined up to buy it for $175 (cheap but its off CL and i don't want to bother with ebay)

I have found myself enjoying this machine more and more on the couch, outside, etc. I don't see the point of having an extra screen if I don't use it as much anymore. Plus with the double tap feature on safari, it works wonders.

I don't want to regret selling this dell, but I feel right now this is a great way to make $175 on something I don't use much anymore. I use this basically for internet, music, some photoshop, photo management.

Thoughts, experiences?

have a 2010 11" mba. got a 23" asus a couple years back to hook up to it. it sat on my desk collecting dust. i find myself sitting on the couch or in bed typing up papers, preparing powerpoints. the 11" screen is more than adequate for me and i just love the form factor. gave the 23" monitor to a co-worker.

my wife's getting me an ipad mini and if that becomes by default surfing device i may consider a 13" mba next year...