11 or 13?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by altecXP, Nov 7, 2011.

  1. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    So I decide to rule out the 13in pro just based on the 1280x800 display.

    So I am down to a loaded 11in or loaded 13in Air. I can get them for only a $47 difference between them from my work discount. $1,550 vs $1,597.

    My only questions are:

    When working on a train will I notice the extra space the 13 needs that much?
    How much easier/harder is it to multitask on the 13in or 11in due to the resolution difference?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I love my 13"
    But then again, I came from a 17" MBP

    You won't regret either I'm sure
  3. Neolithium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    Well I can only speak to the 13". It still has one hell of a respectable footprint. The 11" was a little too small for my eyes, and personal liking, however as I've said in other threads I can easily see the appeal it has for other users. Are you able to get to any kind of a retailer where you can compare them side by side? That would probably be the best option for you.
  4. prvt.donut macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    I really like the 11 inch.

    The 13 inch model seems too big, the 11 inch model fits into more small bags, and is very easy to carry and work mobile on.

    Saying that, I am tempted to give the 13inch model a shot:rolleyes:
  5. altecXP thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009

    I have. I guess my question is more, does anyone have problems with feeling their eyes are straining when looking at either of them? I'll more than likely been using the screen with ours on end with no ability to plug in an external display until I get back home.
  6. Neolithium macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2010
    Wherever the army needs me.
    In the last 6 months I've used a 17" MBP, 15" MPB, 17" Toughbook and a 15" Toughbook (Both of those are for work). Moving to the 13" MBA I don't find myself experiencing any kind of eye strain. It's actually something that somewhat surprised me. 11" res did kind of put me off on it, but that's a personal thing, a lot of users feel comfortable with it, so I'm not going to knock on that little powerhouse.
  7. cedwhatev macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2011
    I went from using a 10" Samsung NB30, to using the MacBook Air 11.6", and it's a huge difference, for me. I find the Air 11.6 to be the perfect size for me, personally. Not too big, not too small - just right. No straining on the eyes, either. It's not really what you'd call a glossy screen.

    But if you're looking for portability, get the 11.6.. if you want something bigger, get the 13. :eek:
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    Did your 13" replace the 17"? If so how have you adjusted to the difference in screen size?
  9. tonie macrumors 6502

    Mar 29, 2008
    I bought the 11" at first but after a month or so I sold it and bought the 13".
    IMO, 11" is just too small and I think it put more strains on your eyes.
  10. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    If you ruled out the 13" mbp based on the screen being 1200x800, why would you think the 11" is more what you're looking for?
  11. aeboi macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    Excellent point.
  12. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030


    Jun 11, 2011
    I have the 13" and love it. I was tempted to get the 11" but I kind ok wanted the sd slot. The 11" is quite a bit more portable though.
  13. tim100 macrumors 65816

    May 25, 2009
    can a air replace a pro?
  14. altecXP, Nov 7, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 7, 2011

    altecXP thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    I guess it's that being 11in the 1366x768 feels like a better size/dimensions match. The Pro makes me feel like they are skimping on the screen when they have a 1440x900 available to them.
  15. BadaBing!! macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2010
    This. And, simply visit an Apple Store (or other retailler) and see for yourself. It's your opinion/feel that counts, not ours.
  16. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    I find the MBA 11" a bit too large but I still like it a lot.
  17. MallCop macrumors 6502

    Jan 7, 2011
    I have a 13 and my brother is getting the 11 for Christmas and honestly I really like both. Only went with the 13 because Im at college and it would be my only computer there with no external monitor. If you have another computer or monitor at home get the 11 if not get the 13.
  18. rosemary1 macrumors regular

    Aug 9, 2011
    I love my 11". It has practically become my main machine, and I do all my work on it now rather than on my desktop (granted, it's old and still on Windows XP). But it goes with me to all my various jobs and it has honestly suited all my needs just perfectly. Screen resolution hasn't bothered me at all.
  19. JudgeKenny macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2011
  20. Pinkstiletto66 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 12, 2010
    New York City.
    That's what I thought.
  21. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
  22. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
  23. JudgeKenny macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2011
    I just think that 11" is already small enough. Would you really want to run OS X on something smaller? I can see how iOS gets away with it, but I'm not sure OS X would even be practical on a 9" or 10" screen. -- Just out of curiosity, what would be your ideal size for an MBA? Personally, I'm about to get rid of my 11" and iMac and transition to an ultimate 13" and make that my sole Mac.

    The confused smileys are there because I thought I was maybe reading a typo.
  24. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009

    A truly mobile laptop IMHO should be one that is compromised in every way possible for the sake of true mobility.

    As a testament to how uncompromised the MBA 11" is designed, I still choose to use the MBA 11" over my MBP 17" even when I'm at home with both machines readily available.

    I'm not certain how small an ultra mobile MBA should be, but I'll know if it I buy it and after using it on the road, am dying to go back to my MBP 17" when I'm at home.

    The current MBA 11" is really just an awesome computer and not compromised enough for mobility IMHO.
  25. JudgeKenny macrumors member

    Oct 7, 2011
    I think the 11-inch MBA is already small and thin enough, but that's just me. Any smaller than that and I think your eyes would begin to hurt. Besides, isn't that compromise already available in the form of an iPad?

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