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2011 Air vs 2013 Air, the 13"

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thadoggfather, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68040


    Just curious,

    I have no interest in upgrading to a 2013 air anyways but I was just wondering how much quicker the 2013 13" base is relative to the 2011 13" base because that's what I have.

    I think battery life is the main difference, and PCIe SSD is supposedly quite a bit faster. But for what I'm doing, not sure I'd notice the difference besides benchmarking.

    I hope to ride my laptop out for a long time.

    Also is it true they aren't as well constructed as before? Thought I read somewhere the shell is thinner to accommodate a slightly thicker battery.
  2. Guest


    Just have someone hand you your old air but tell them to tell you its a 2013. You won't know the difference.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Haha oh yeah?

    I was wondering in quantitative terms,
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Plenty of review sites do benchmark comparisons. Try google.
  5. macrumors regular

    Well, you won't get 12 hour battery. How much are you currently getting?
  6. macrumors member

    Maybe if you only look at the outside or are clueless...

    Here are some numbers between the 2012 and 2013
  7. Guest


    Other than battery life it looks and feels the same.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    You won't see much difference in performance unless you're doing video encoding/decoding tasks due to the hd5000 > hd3000. Otherwise, apps may open 1/2 second faster. Not worth it for me, keeping my 2010 13 Air couple more years at least, until the screen is upgraded to IPS or IGZO.
  9. macrumors member

    And the CPU is more efficient(granted that'll mostly show up in battery life), the SSD is faster, significantly better for light gaming, faster wifi, and the microphone works better.
  10. Guest


    I don't notice a difference. Feels exactly the same, even when encoding video its still as noisy and slow. I still love my air its just other than battery life I see no difference.
  11. macrumors 6502

    I went from a 2011 13" i7/4GB/256 to a 2013 11" i5/8GB/256 and really can't tell the difference in performance at all. Like the others who have responded, I don't do video encoding or anything like that.

    So the real reason to upgrade to 2013 is the battery life, which is really amazing. I can easily get 10+ hours on the 2013 11" and while I was lucky to get 5 on the 2011 13". Battery anxiety is a thing of the past!
  12. macrumors regular

    I know this is an old thread but I feel the only people that should be upgrading are the ones that are often away from an outlet or if you have a 11", because the battery life on the 11" model has sucked since 2011.

    I'm hoping to get a few more years out of my 2011 13", it'll be the first time I haven't changed laptop once a year. Superb machines!

    and I regularly get around 7-8 hours on my 13", but I admit that is not constant use, it'll max out around 5-6 hours if I constantly browse the web. (but that's not an accurate way to gauge it because I'd never do that constantly without any breaks in between)

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