Register FAQ / Rules Forum Spy Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read
Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:43 AM   #1
jaelee
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Is it better to keep the MacBook Air 11" for travelling?

Hi everyone, new user from Tokyo.

I've purchased the new Macbook retina pro 15" last week for working from home. It has been working great and I've just noticed that I even didn't open up the Macbook air 11" (mid 2011) for one week after I got the new macbook pro.

It seems like I won't use the Macbook air at least at home, so started thinking of selling it for the used item shop near home. But I also concern that I might need the laptop for travelling. I usually travel to other Asian cities and work there for 5-6 days, so I have to bring at least one labtop with me in that case.

I know the macbook pro will be working perfect when working from home, but was wondering if Macbook air will be better considering that's easy to bring around.

Will Macbook pro 15" be really not a good option for travelling? If so would it be keeping the Macbook air 11" (mid 2012) only for travelling?
jaelee is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:53 AM   #2
torana355
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
It depends on your personal needs, if you feel the rMBP is all you need then sell the Air. If you think the rMBP is to big to lug around when traveling then keep the Air. Personally i think having an iMac and MBA is the best combo.
__________________
2012 27" iMac with 680mx | 2011 13" MBA 128gb | iPhone 4 32gb | Nexus 7 16gb | Nexus 4 on Carbon and Trinity.
torana355 is online now   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 01:05 AM   #3
Mrbobb
macrumors 601
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
So YOU are the one overseas, you don't know whether a 15" would be good for travel?

15" OK for First Class, Business Class seats, assuming u don't mind the bulk.

Coach, keep the 11"
__________________
Solution: FREE, Explanation: Is gonna cost ya.
Mrbobb is offline   1 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 02:40 AM   #4
ssmed
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: UK
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaelee View Post
If so would it be keeping the Macbook air 11" (mid 2012) only for travelling?
I had an MBA 11 which is my back up computer for clinics and I would always take it travelling unless I was going to be away from power for a long time. It is a good travelling computer, although I do not like the screen size. I now have a 13 inch rMBP and that serves the purpose pretty well
__________________
Mac owner since 1992. 4D developer. More macs than I want to admit to. Currently 15 inch cMBP and 13 inch rMBP when travelling.

Last edited by ssmed; Jan 20, 2013 at 08:03 AM. Reason: English!
ssmed is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 12:57 PM   #5
Fattytail
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
I used to have an iMac and an MBA until I realized that the MBA could act as my desktop and my portable. So I old my iMac. It just seemed utter overkill to have two computers in the house when one would do the job just fine.
Fattytail is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 01:55 PM   #6
atari1356
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Quote:
Originally Posted by Fattytail View Post
I used to have an iMac and an MBA until I realized that the MBA could act as my desktop and my portable. So I old my iMac. It just seemed utter overkill to have two computers in the house when one would do the job just fine.
I use a MacBook Air as my only computer now as well. When at home, it's connected to a 24" monitor most of the time.

I used to use a 15" MacBook Pro, but carrying that along with some camera equipment got to be too bulky/heavy. I can see why many people would prefer the 15" though... especially if they don't need to carry around much else.

To the original poster: If you don't carry much with you aside from the computer, then take the 15" when traveling... but if you have a lot to carry, you might want to keep the MBA around for it's smaller size/weight.
atari1356 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 05:25 PM   #7
iaymnu
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
I take my rMBP traveling. I travel every 3 months between HK and NYC and the rMBP isn't that much of a hassle. With my MBA i tend to bring MORE unnecessary things because there is more room in the bag.
__________________
rMBP 2.7/16gig/768 [x 2]
2011 MBA 11" & 13" Ultimate
Uni 17" C2D 2.66 ghz Matte
iaymnu is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 20, 2013, 06:58 PM   #8
robvas
macrumors 68000
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: USA
What do you man as far as 'traveling'?

Taking a computer WITH you on a trip or using it while you're on a trip?

If you just travel to another office or use it at the hotel - the 15" is fine. But for using on the train, on the plane, or in cramped restaurants the 11" is much better.
robvas is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:22 PM   #9
entatlrg
macrumors Demi-God
 
entatlrg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
Quote:
Originally Posted by jaelee View Post
Hi everyone, new user from Tokyo.

I've purchased the new Macbook retina pro 15" last week for working from home. It has been working great and I've just noticed that I even didn't open up the Macbook air 11" (mid 2011) for one week after I got the new macbook pro.

It seems like I won't use the Macbook air at least at home, so started thinking of selling it for the used item shop near home. But I also concern that I might need the laptop for travelling. I usually travel to other Asian cities and work there for 5-6 days, so I have to bring at least one labtop with me in that case.

I know the macbook pro will be working perfect when working from home, but was wondering if Macbook air will be better considering that's easy to bring around.

Will Macbook pro 15" be really not a good option for travelling? If so would it be keeping the Macbook air 11" (mid 2012) only for travelling?
When you're working at home with your 15" are you sitting a desk or table or using it on your lap?
entatlrg is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 21, 2013, 10:43 PM   #10
yusukeaoki
macrumors 68030
 
yusukeaoki's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Tokyo, Japan
I really suggest the MBA 11in. EXTREMELY light and easy to carry.
I carried my MBP 17in couple of times and its really a pain.
11in MBA still has greater specs than most eee PC or iPad.

At my home, I dont use the MBA often as well.
I turn it on couple times at home for syncing and doing light work on my bed.
But to me, the lightness and portability is very important.

個人的には17/15inより11inのMBAの方が旅行や仕事用として好きですねw
__________________
17" MacBook Pro (Early 2011), 2.2GHz i7-2720QM, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD+1TB HDD@5400rpm
11" MacBook Air (Mid 2013), 1.7GHz i7-4650U, 8GB RAM, 512GB Flash
HTC J One (White) 32GB
yusukeaoki is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2013, 04:55 AM   #11
iamsen47
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Kobe, Japan
Try commuting for a week with the MBP, even if you don't use it, just keep it around in your bag. If you don't mind the weight, then go ahead and sell the Air.

Personally, the 11" works perfectly even on a somewhat crowded Yamanote. It's also a perfect fit for the counters at McD/MisDo/Doutor/Excelsior, etc. I'd keep it.
iamsen47 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2013, 07:44 AM   #12
xchaotic
macrumors member
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
It really depends on your usage patterns.
I travel very frequently, but for short periods of time (1-2days) across EU, so:
a) I have to work WHILE travelling, so all those cramped spaces like buses, trains, airport lounges etc
b) I work a little in those remote locations. Very often I am allowed to dock to one of their 27" iMacs or screens
c) Still I spend most of the time working at my home office where it is docked to a 27" screen

For me the above is a perfect setup, but it might be different, if for example you travel somewhere, stay there for 3 months and then come back and then go somewhere else for another 3 months - then I'd say 15" MBP is perfect and just sell the MBA.
In any case which ever you decide, I think no single person needs more than one laptop - it's physically impossible to work on the two at the same time so definitely sell at least one. In your position, I'd probably sell the MBA and buy a nice screen to dock the MBP.
xchaotic is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2013, 09:20 AM   #13
A Hebrew
macrumors 6502a
 
A Hebrew's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Minnesota
One Mac is better than 2. Sell the MBA, and then you do not have to worry about syncing and such.
__________________
2012 13" MacBook Air | 2012 27" iMac | iPad 3 | iPhone 5
A Hebrew is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2013, 01:41 AM   #14
jaelee
Thread Starter
macrumors newbie
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Hi

Hi everyone,
Thank you for all your posts and advises.

I've sold my Macbook air, and now only has the Macbook pro retina.

For me, I usually use a laptop at a hotel room, not outside like coffee shops, so I thought that'd be fine to carry it to a hotel during a travel, put it on a desk, then use it for work.

One of my concerns was a weight. So I took a test. I carried the Macbook retina 15" in my backpack, hold in by hands (as you're supposed to do in a crowded Tokyo subway car.) took one hour trip to work and back home at total. It was heavier than holding a messenger back with Macbook air, but it was still okay. I think the weight won't be any problems when having air travelling as well.

Also, Retina display is so awesome especially when reading Japanese and Chinese characters which have a lot of strokes. I couldn't think of other option.

Thanks again everyone, for all your advises. It really helped me a lot when making the decision.

Jae from Tokyo.
jaelee is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2013, 07:19 AM   #15
Bulldog3777
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Mba 11

I have the 13 MBA and the 11 MBA. The 11 inch is so much better for travel because it fits under the seat in front of you in a bag standing straight up which gives you foot room on either side of the bag. The 13 does not. I have to lay it flat down which gives me almost no space for my feet. At least on Delta.
Bulldog3777 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2013, 08:29 AM   #16
JoshMKB24
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Midwest
I had a rMBP and loved it, but like you sort of just used it at home and then decided I wanted to have a larger screen and then the retina part becomes a moot point when I got my new iMac. I like the 11" air for traveling a lot. Its very light and still fully functional
__________________
2012/13 27" iMac, (2013)13" MacBook Air, iPhone 5s, iPad Air, Apple TV
JoshMKB24 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Jan 25, 2013, 09:06 AM   #17
bogatyr
macrumors 65816
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
I have a 15" rMBP and ended up buying an 11" MBA (lowest cost model, 4GB/64GB) for extra portability. I use iCloud, Dropbox and SCP (for sensitive files) to keep them in sync.

My MBP is a powerhouse and runs everything perfectly but when I'm cramped in a datacenter, car, meeting, etc, I need something smaller. Bought the MBA as an open box (for the price of 2010/2011 models used, it wasn't much more for the new proc/gpu/4GB RAM of the 2012) from Best Buy. So far things are working well having both.
bogatyr is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Apple Hardware > Notebooks > MacBook Air

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:30 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC