11" 128GB MBA Vs 13" 256GB MBA

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  1. jalyst, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013

    jalyst macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hoping someone else has already looked into all this very closely.
    What are all the differences between the 11" 128GB MBA Vs 13" 256GB MBA?
    Doing some quick research for an aunty who wants to buy a gift for my mother.
    Alas I don't have the time to painstakingly look into all of this...
    Is the only the difference display size & SSD capacity, or are there some other subtle (yet potentially significant) differences to be noted?

    Any well-informed advice greatly appreciated. Thank-you!
  2. bravenewmac macrumors member

    May 19, 2010
    the 13" has a sd card slot - thats it with the differences
  3. jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    That's "literally" it?
    Not battery capacity differences or anything else?
    (e.g. subtle differences in panel tech used etc)
    You absolutely sure?

    Thanks again.
  4. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2013
    Toledo, Ohio
    13 has a bigger battery
  5. MacAndMic macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2009
    Goto apples site. They have a side by side comparison.
  6. jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Also, does the top-end of the 4x units have more choice into terms of tweaking the overall configuration, or is it exactly the same as the bottom end unit?


    Ah, bingo, can you elaborate? TY.


    The main one I suspect you're referring to is shizer'.
    Unless you're referring to something else..?
  7. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    11in is said to have 9hrs in battery and 13in have 12hrs.
    From my testing, 11in has around 6.5hrs and 13in has around 9hrs.
  8. iterva macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    This is as clear as it gets...You get side by side comparison of the specs. :rolleyes:

    13" = Bigger screen(1440x900 res), SD card slot and larger battery. (Since 13" is larger/has more space than 11" it gives more room for battery, Hence the extended battery life compared to the 11")
    11" = Smaller screen(1366x768 res), NO SD card slot and smaller battery.
  9. jalyst, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2013

    jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Indeed, that seems pretty informative... ;)
    Just to be a bit more anally retentive though, aside from reading that, I currently have all 4x pricing pages open & am comparing side-by side.
    (so far, it's looking exactly the same as this other page you linked to)

    Thanks for the input thus far everyone.


    Is 128GB okay or is it getting a bit too tight, how much room left after default install?
    It's for a basic user, not a great deal of media use or content creation...


    Given the same CPU/GPU config. options are available to all four models, that means the 11" units can pump out similar res.* to the 13" units maximum res. with no more resource usage. Meaning they'd have substantively higher PPI, anyone already done the math? (ofc, given the slightly smaller battery capacity, they'd chew through the battery even quicker than they do on stock config).

    And at the stock res, how does the PPI compare between the 11" & 13" units?

    *slightly diff. in order to facilitate their diff. aspect ratios ofc
  10. Tarrou8 macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2013
    128GB is enough if they don't have a large music/video collection (or if they plan to keep most of it on an external hard-drive). Will have around 100GB free after OSX and basic applications. Since it sounds like this is for someone older, I would recommend getting the 13" Air because of the larger screen real estate (especially if this will be their primary machine).
    The 13" base model Air with 8GB RAM upgrade and Applecare is the sweet spot for pricing and should be a terrific computer for your mom for at least the next 5 years, and will likely last much much longer.
  11. jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Yep, that's what is looking the most enticing, that or the one bumped to 256GB.
    What is the performance delta in RWT between the two CPU config options, any practical_examples/usage_scenarios folks can give?



    Looking at all that indicated no difference on all four config. pages other than...
    If one choose the 256GB option for the 11/13" models, one is also given the option to upgrade further to 512GB.
    (pretty sure I haven't forgotten anything, but 4am here, sleep deprived, bed time)

    The other page linked to earlier beautifully explains all the other subtle differences.
    No doubt there's others, but that's getting into the realm pedantism, & that's usually reserved for my own gear ;)
  12. cedwhatev macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    You said this is for your Mom, right?
  13. jalyst, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

    jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Mostly, but she has one other younger son (postgrad. at Uni) who may use it just as much.
  14. jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Just *bumping* these 2 points, everything else is cleared-up now, thank-you.

  15. AXs macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    the only difference she will notice is the screen size, and perhaps the difference in 3 hours of battery life.
  16. jalyst thread starter macrumors 6502

    Aug 17, 2009
    Ofc, that much is obvious, as mentioned it's not just being used by a simplistic user.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    [MOD NOTE]
    Lets stay on topic, its about choosing which MBA, nothing else.

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