MBA 11" as your only set up (e.g. no external monitor)

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  1. macrumors regular

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    Title says it all MBA 11" owners, is this your only set up in terms of a screen.

    I have a dell 23" screen and its great, only thing is I have found myself using it less and less. I have a buyer lined up to buy it for $175 (cheap but its off CL and i don't want to bother with ebay)

    I have found myself enjoying this machine more and more on the couch, outside, etc. I don't see the point of having an extra screen if I don't use it as much anymore. Plus with the double tap feature on safari, it works wonders.

    I don't want to regret selling this dell, but I feel right now this is a great way to make $175 on something I don't use much anymore. I use this basically for internet, music, some photoshop, photo management.

    Thoughts, experiences?
     
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    If you're finding that you don't really need to be using your computer on a desk, then sell it. Otherwise, keep it.
     
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    I'm actually doing the exact opposite and looking to pickup an external monitor. I still find it quite useful for extended working sessions to have a larger monitor. The 11" isn't exactly conducive to good posture!
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I have an older Cinema display on my desk, but I hardly ever plug it in anymore. I do better work away from home, and even on my 11" I can easily fit two Word documents side-by-side. Add being able to have multiple full screen Firefox windows just a quick swipe away, it's easy to stay untethered from the desk. :)
     
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    rbrian

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    Really it depends what you do. For most tasks it's fine, but I find myself wishing for more space when I'm working on big spreadsheets or photos. I mostly do the spreadsheets on my hated Toughbook, for compatibility, and work on photos on my iPad, because it's easier and just as good for a rank amateur.
     
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    Obi Wan Kenobi

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    Is your MBA a recent purchase? In my initial enthusiasm I didn't see any need for a larger screen. But I have found again and again that I sometimes need to see more than the 11 inch screen will allow.

    My 11 inch MBA is perfect for over 90% (possibly 95%) of the time, but there are times when a bigger screen is required.
     
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    Redbull916

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    I have a 13" and sometimes hook it up to the 42" 1080 TV i have for my Mac Mini. Maybe I'm just getting old and my eyes are going.
     
  8. macrumors 6502a

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    I have an 11" and don't use any external monitor. I think the screen is great - I zoom in/out as needed if I can't read something.
     
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    If you think you can get by with the 11", you should really consider the iPhone 5/iPod 5 + bt keyboard setup.

    Seriously, I'm trying this for the next month, to see if I can get by using it as my main setup :) I can use it for pretty much everything I need it for - spotify, email, photoshop, ebaying, internet banking, reading newspapers, amazoning, googling, gaming, reading.

    I did mention this on another thread btw, but that arrogant troll NutSNGun took it off topic.
     
  10. macrumors 601

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    Sell it. Monitors only keep getting cheaper.
     
  11. thread starter macrumors regular

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    haha that's quite the risk there but if it fits your needs, then go for it. As for now, I have the 11"mba and a samsung galaxy s3. i think its a perfect combo with extra portability.

    down the line? maybe when the ipad offers a bit more, ill get a desktop + ipad combo. for now i think ill be selling my dell screen. thanks!
     
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    NutsNGum

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    This is hilarious.
     
  13. macrumors regular

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    have a 2010 11" mba. got a 23" asus a couple years back to hook up to it. it sat on my desk collecting dust. i find myself sitting on the couch or in bed typing up papers, preparing powerpoints. the 11" screen is more than adequate for me and i just love the form factor. gave the 23" monitor to a co-worker.

    my wife's getting me an ipad mini and if that becomes by default surfing device i may consider a 13" mba next year...
     

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