I think I know why the Air 11 sports a 16:9 screen ratio.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by wdaleherring, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2011
    I think if it would have been a 16:10 screen then the size of the machine would have fallen a bit too short to support a full keyboard.

  2. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
  3. macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    That's a theory I heard recently. Either way, I'm glad it is because it's why I went with the 11.
  4. macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    If it was a 16:10 screen with a full keyboard, it would be a 12" MBA. By making a 16:9 they can reduce the size and call it an 11", it is really 11.6"
  5. macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    11.6" 16x9 LCDs are a fairly common LCD size, even before the MBA was released. It's probably also a manufacturing/parts supply decision as well.
  6. macrumors regular

    MTD's Mac

    Mar 18, 2010
    Los Angeles
    I agree, it's to differentiate it from the "13" which is actually only 1.7 inches bigger. I'm amazed anybody ever gets anything done on such a short screen.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the 11 inch. I've written pages and pages of things on it. Prefer it over the 13 inch. The 13 inch, to me, is just another macbook or macbook pro. The 11 inch...that's the WOW factor one...that's the one that truly feels like air. A++++++!
  8. macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    It was the pixel resolution (in addition to storage) which steered me away from the 11-inch in the first place - it has only 768 pixels in vertical direction, whereas in comparison, 800 pixels (of the MB and MBP 13) was already a bit too little for me. I'd have to keep the dock on the side of the screen then, in the very least.

    It has to be mentioned, though, that I'm using the Air as my primary computer. I suppose most of the 11-inch-users already have an iMac, Mac mini or Mac Pro as well.
  9. macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    You are easily amazed.
  10. CHSeifert, Jul 22, 2011
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 24, 2011

    macrumors 6502


    Dec 28, 2010
    Copenhagen, Denmark - Scandinavia
    I contemplate the MBA 11 Ultimate - and have a maxed out iMac 27 SSD with extra (soon to be Thunderbolt) ACD 27 LED.

    Only battery life steers me away from the 11 and towards the 13. I need 4 hours a day, no less than that using Pages, Numbers, iPhoto and Safari/Chrome.
  11. macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    I don't understand. If it is 16:10, wouldn't it have 10% more height? So how can that be too short for a full keyboard? It is adding more space if anything.
  12. macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    I think he meant changing to 16:10 while keeping the height constant. That would reduce the width and the space altogether.
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    The 12" iBook G4 (what i upgraded from) has a slightly narrower footprint than the 11" MBA, even though the keyboards are the same width. The keyboard of the 12" goes almost all the way to the edge, whilst that of the 11" has like half an inch of 'keyboard bezel'. Maybe the MBA is thin enough that things like USB ports can't fit underneath the keys, requiring the extra case width.
  14. thread starter macrumors member

    Jul 19, 2011
    (Per Display Wars)



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