Air: 11" or 13"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by pmontanarella, Feb 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    Hi everyone,

    Recently I asked advice on which laptop to get, and thanks to you guys I've nailed it down to the Air.

    However, I still don't know whether to get the 11" or 13" model?

    I really like that the 13" has the SD Card slot, and longer battery, which for my use is essential. However, my concern is that the 11" is actually a lot more portable?
    I will be using this computer at school (I'm in 10th grade). I will bring it to school each day in my backpack, and i'm not so concerned about weight because I've been using a Late 2008 MacBook (Aluminium) up until now and haven't had any problems weight-wise; however, I will be taking out and back into the bag a lot and I think the 11" would make a big difference because of the weight? Also I'd be using it for the bigger part of the day at school without charging so, as I said the battery is really essential. I hope you guys can help me decide.

    Thanks a lot,
    Pietro
     
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    eric/

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    I say go for the 13inch. I have one, and while I use it for university, I still have to take it out of a bag multiple times throughout the day. I think that the better battery life should be a deciding factor, and it's going to seem like a feather compared to your previous computer.

    If price is at all a concern though nothing is "wrong" with the 11 inch. I just prefer the larger screen and better battery.

    I don't think the SD card really matters that much, I never got why people cared much about it. Just plug your device in by USB if you have to.

    Hope that helps.

    Stay in school.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks,
    I'll probably end up going with that.

    Pietro
     
  4. macrumors 6502

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    Well with the sd card slot I can buy a sd card and leave it in and have it be like another storage location ;) cheap way to upgrade hdd space
     
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    eric/

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    yeah I guess, but then you have an ugly SD card hanging out
     
  6. macrumors regular

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    Look at the size of the desk in your classrooms.
    In some of mine I can barely fit my air.

    But the sd slot is a nice addition especially with the nifty mini drive coming out.

    Also consider what classes you actually need it for
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    A Nifty MiniDrive solves that.

    The 11" seems more inherently special, but the 13" is much more functional in reality. Your mileage may vary though.
     

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