11" Ultimate vs 13" Ultimate - Tiny Price Differential

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by johnhackworth, Aug 8, 2011.

  1. johnhackworth macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    In the UK the 11" ultimate is £1399 and the 13" ultimate is £1449.

    This makes the 11" approx only 3.5% cheaper than the 13". Even if the 11" fits your needs better it seems to me that it is very poor value compared to the 13".
  2. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    In the Netherlands it's even worse: 11" ulti costs €1599
    the 13" ulti costs €1598,99
    So an 13" costs 0,01 less...

    But otoh, you'll get the same computer with the same processor, memory and ssd, but it will be about 10% smaller. And sometimes smaller is more expensive. Or at least smaller doesn't need to be cheaper.

    Just compare it to a jar of peanut butter, if you buy a small jar, you'll pay more per pound than if you buy a larger jar.
  3. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
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    I don't see how price has anything to do with it. IMO, they should be the same price if the basic hardware specs are the same.

    I didn't get the 11" MBA because it was cheaper. I bought it because it's the one I want.
  4. johnhackworth thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    I'd expected the materials cost to be reflected in the price to a greater extent. Bigger battery, bigger screen, more aluminium etc. I guess there's a trade-off between paying for higher materials costs and paying a premium for miniaturisation...
  5. urkel, Aug 8, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2011

    urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    If "Price" is affecting which Apple product someone is purchasing then they're doing it wrong.

    Its always odd when someone buys an iPhone 3G or an 11" Air due to it being cheaper because, especially with Apple products, your purchase decision should be based on needs rather than saving a few bucks.
  6. johnhackworth thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    I'm sorry but that's just absurd. Most people choose products based (partially at least) on what they can afford. If more people only spent what they could afford the West would not be in such a bad economic place.
  7. LeakedDave macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2011
    LOL there's a lot of truth to that last sentence in regards to myself ;P
  8. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    I would imagine they make a lot more 13" models, too. That would make them cheaper.
  9. flynz4 macrumors 68040

    Aug 9, 2009
    Portland, OR
    For my usage, the small size & light weight are the key features of the MBA. I would pay a premium for the 11" over the 13" because the 11" is the superior product for my needs

  10. YEEZY macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    Wow, never knew the differences were so small, but I don't regret the 13 at all. It's been nice to me and the screen is perfect (although it gets really dirty easily)
  11. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    Its not absurd at all. Apple is a premium product so its customers choose them because they can afford to, not because they NEED to.

    If someone is in an economic crunch then why buy this years shiny Apple product over a cheaper Windows machine or even an Apple refurb? Its not like theres secret doors in the internet that only Mac users can access or that owning a Mac raises you a letter grade. Computers are a necessity, Macs are not.
  12. Esquire1 macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2010
    Same. I don't use laptops bigger than 11". Portability and a small footprint is the most important thing to me when purchasing a laptop.
  13. bigp9998 macrumors regular

    Dec 21, 2007
    Manufacturers of Windows computers have charged a premium for smaller machines for years. The 15 inch computers have always been the best values, and you would pay extra if you wanted a 13 inch or a 17 inch. Apple, on the other hand, makes you pay for the extra screen real estate even if it costs them more money to put smaller parts inside.

    And its ridiculous to suggest that money should not pay a role in any Apple buyer's purchase. If it didn't, we would all be buying new computers every time a new one came out. Some people on this forum do, but many people, especially students, hope to buy a Mac once for just over $1000 and use it for 4+ years.
  14. Bottomsup macrumors regular

    May 10, 2011

    The OP Presumes the 13" is better. It is for some but I wanted the 11" after having the older 11".
  15. iPhysicist macrumors 65816


    Nov 9, 2009
    You should always buy what you need. Not what you can afford. Yes Apple is more expensive then others. But there is no way around it and that is why you again only buy what (Apple product) you need. I would not buy the 11" ultimate because i would not need it. For me it would be the bas 13" because its the least expensive choice for a MB* suiting my needs. Sometimes we break the "need rule" but you should not break the "afford rule". Greece, listen! ;)
  16. Geetarpicker macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    In the USA the price difference is $50. I guess one way to look at is on the 11" you are paying a premium for miniaturization. That said, I first bought an 11" ulimate but simply felt too cramped on the short screen. I returned it, paid the extra $50 and went home with the 13"
  17. adnoh macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2010
    If you're looking for good value for money then dont buy apple.

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