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Old Aug 6, 2013, 06:50 AM   #76
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thomas 99 wrote earlier today:

"The 13 is a better full sized computer but the 11 is a great toy."

I strongly disagree with you, after many hours of serious computer work on an 11,6 inches screen over several years now, and with the very noticeable difference (for me) regarding both size and weight (portability) in the 11-Air's favor.

And on a purely personal level: IMO the rectangular form of the 11 (which is of course different from the rectangular form of the 13) has a much more aesthetically appealing form to me; I have never liked the height of the 13 and similar other screens form (for instance many of the Lenovo's): They are for me far too "box-like". This is 100 per cent subjective, of course.
Just to compare size I booted my girlfriends 13 inch HP Ultrabook (im not sure what model but its under 12 months old) and loaded up two websites and amazingly the 11 inch air and 13" HP displayed identical amounts of website. I compared on a few sites and they had the same amount of the page up each.
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Old Aug 6, 2013, 07:48 AM   #77
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I went for the 11"
-has very good battery
-ultra portable and enough power for me.

11" or 13" -> they have booth a small screensize/resolution
when i need a bigger screen i attach my Cinema Display.
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Old Aug 6, 2013, 09:19 AM   #78
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I had a 2011 13" 4gb/256gb i5 for about two years and loved it. Last week I sold it to a European friend as a "sweetheart deal" . She travels a lot and it's a huge upgrade from her terrible Windows netbook.

I have started doing video again and wanted to upgrade to 8gb and 512gb. But I agonized a bit over the 11" vs 13" dilemma. At home, it's always plugged into a big monitor and external keyboard, so size doesn't matter there. But when travelling, I have wished I had the 11". For me, the screen size trade-off is reasonable on the road. If I was using it every day away from home, I might feel differently.

Cutting to the chase, I ended up getting the 11" i7 8gb/512gb model from B&H since I was staying in NYC for awhile. It was almost up to a coin-toss, but decided that saving $100 was a good thing.

On paper, the weight difference doesn't seem that great, but it sure feels a lot lighter. I can carry it around all day and not even realize it's there. Those fonts do look mighty small though - but my eyes are old and I need some new glasses.

The greater runtime on the 13" was tempting, but I was able to get through a long day with my 2011 13" MBA. Apple rated the 2011 machine at 7 hours and the 2013 11" MBA at 9 hours. I definitely notice the additional runtime on the new machine, so it's still a nice upgrade for me.

I'm very happy with my choice after about a week. And my friend just loves the 2011 13" MBA. Life is good. Just returned home from NYC and spent a little while last night messing with drivers, etc to get everything working under 10.8. Migration asst really took care of almost everything though. The only thing I don't like is iTunes 11 - but that's a topic for another forum.

If you're on the fence regarding 11" vs 13", I suggest you spend awhile in a store playing with both. For me, it's just cool to have such a powerful computer in such a tiny package. Last time I felt this way was when I got my Powerbook Duo... when was that? 1995 maybe?
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