11 or 13 in Macbook Air

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  1. dondon4720 macrumors member

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    So I am looking to get a new Macbook Air for use at college because I am tired of carrying around my 10 lb monster gaming laptop to college everyday plus the battery life on my gaming laptop sucks.

    So anyway, I am going into graphic design but I don't want to get the macbook pro because most of the design projects will be handled by my iMac, I mainly will use it for light Photoshop work, and web browsing and video watching. Want to get 8 GB of RAM but would 4 GB be enough to get through?
    With the education discount it would be $949 for the 13" and $849 for the 11". :apple::apple:

    Should I go with the 11 or the 13? what are the pros and cons of each?

    Thanks :)
     
  2. dwojo macrumors newbie

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    Well as of today only through best buy you can stack your student discount with there discount on the 11 inch air base model and get $250 off. Its $200 off as there daily deal and an extra $50 with edu email.. That's under $700 out the door for everything for a very capable laptop. It is a definite steal in my opinion. I might just pick one up myself today even though I already have a 13 inch that I absolutely love, the 11 inch is that much better for lugging around form factor wise IMO.
     
  3. dondon4720 thread starter macrumors member

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    Is it just on sale today?? That is a really good deal. :D Only thing is, it is for the last generation with the HD 5000 not the new spec update. http://www.bestbuy.com/site/apple-m...lver/2711892.p?id=1219076160044&skuId=2711892
     
  4. sracer macrumors 603

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    You are correct. That appears to be for the 2014 model. $700 before any discounts is an excellent deal IMO... one that we haven't see in about 8 months or so.

    I purchased my 2014 11" MBA from Best Buy last June/July, discounted price was $650 and after additional incentives, walked out the door at $450 (tax included).

    Since it is marked as "Clearance" this will probably be the last time to be able to get the 2014 models at these prices.
     
  5. AWgamer macrumors newbie

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    I went to see the 11" in person and was not happy with the screen size. Tried it at apple store and decided the 13" was good enough for me and worth a little more money.
     
  6. dondon4720, Apr 2, 2015
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  7. SmOgER macrumors 6502a

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    Ehm... Why do the on-topic posts got deleted? Not feeling like writing the same thing twice.
     
  8. sracer macrumors 603

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    I've had no problems working with large (upwards of 75MB) images in Pixelmator on my MBA w/4GB.
     
  9. AFEPPL macrumors 68030

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    12" rMP lighter, better battery life, better screen and the performance is more than enough
     
  10. Cheffy Dave, Apr 2, 2015
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    Well, this has been beat to death here, do a MR search, to my mind,(this is my view) the 11" is the best computer :apple: ever made, for $100 get the 8 GB RAM:cool:

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    then, thats it ,do it!
     
  11. dondon4720 thread starter macrumors member

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    It was too good of a deal to pass up int the end I got the MacBook Air daily deal and ended up saving even more with the educational discount, this is my first Mac ever and so excited thank you dwojo for the daily deal at bestbuy, with it I got trend micro Internet security ( meh ) and Microsoft office 365 for 1 year for free (also kind of meh) but I ended up saving about 350 dollars when it was all said and done :D:apple::apple:
     
  12. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

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    I have a 2011 MBA and it's been so comfortable to use as my daily pc. It's time to upgrade. I'm just not sure between a new MBA or rMB.
     
  13. Airboy1466 macrumors regular

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    What was the out the door price for the macbook ?
     
  14. sracer macrumors 603

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    Congratulations! Enjoy!

    Did you get the 11" ?

    If you did, here are some of the things that I've found helpful in using an 11"MBA:
    • Set the dock to autohide
    • Set the dock to the side (rather than bottom)
    • Make use of fullscreen mode and use multitouch gestures to switch between apps
    • Consider buying a Sandisk Cruzer nano USB "nub" (64GB). It is the lowest profile USB thumbdrive that can under most conditions remain installed.
     
  15. dwojo macrumors newbie

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    Glad to hear, I actually picked one up yesterday for my girlfriend as well as she was in need of a new laptop. Yea i wouldn't recommend using the internet security, heard it can bog it down. I haven't used any security on any of my previous macs and have had no issue. Glad you were able to save some money. Cheers

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    I believe it was about $675 with tax and everything for me including a year of office for free
     
  16. dondon4720 thread starter macrumors member

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    For me it was $649 for me with my education discount, also I got a blu ray movie on sale and a 1TB external hard drive for my Xbox One for under the price of the initial MacBook Air, At the bottom of the receipt it said I saved $342, the best buy guy said it was the cheapest MacBook he sold. :)
     

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