Isn’t the battery life on the 13” model significantly longer? I’ve never seen the 11” Air in person but it just appeals to me for some reason.Both fully spec'd MBAs are good computers. I suppose it depends on how you will use the computer. The only difference besides the size of the display (obviously) is that the 13inch MBA has an SD card reader slot and the 11inch MBA does not so I suppose if you don't need the SD card reader and are okay with the smaller sized laptop then the 11inch MBA is the way to go otherwise get the 13inch MBA
Yes the battery life on the 13inch MBA averages between 13-15 hrs on a charge but that also depends on how old the battery is and how many charge cycles are on it.Isn’t the battery life on the 13” model significantly longer? I’ve never seen the 11” Air in person but it just appeals to me for some reason.
Thanks for the info. I don’t mind the 12” screen on the retina MacBook at all. However, that might be due to it having a higher resolution retina screen and the more traditional aspect ratio. I don’t know if the 11” Air’s display size would be an issue with me or not since it does have a lower resolution and different aspect ratio. When you use your 11”, are you typically using the macbooks display or an external monitor?I choose the 11" about 2 years ago. I'm glad I purchased this before Apple dropped the whole 11" line. I have the i7, 8GB, 256GB version. I'm going to upgrade to a 512 ssd soon too.
The i7 11" is a great machine, but it's also very niche. So if it's for you, it's amazing... but to others the screen/battery life is just too low. For me it's just about perfect.
It's about the same power as a 2015 MacBook Pro in a size more similar to the Retina MacBook than anything else. You know the screen is already the most compromised part of the thing, so not having retina isn't a big deal.
To me the 13" Air and Pro overlap too much for me to make the 13" Air a perfect choice. Also there are lots of great 13" laptops out there. But at the 11" Air size there isn't really anything else that is this powerful/useful.
I primarily use it's built in display. But I do hook it up from time to time, about 80/20 split.When you use your 11”, are you typically using the macbooks display or an external monitor?
That is just your personal opinion. You will find many fans of the 11" MBA here, and I'm one of them. I had a top spec 2011 13" MBA and switched to a top spec 2013 11" MBA which I still use daily. I like the 11" MBA much, much more. And, of course that is also just my personal opinion. This topic has been beaten to death over the years in this forum and the only answer is that you must decide this for yourself... it shouldn't "take a village" to choose a computer for your personal use.The 11.6" is just too small for everyday work (excellent for travel though).
I totally agree here. Well said!... the only answer is that you must decide this for yourself... it shouldn't "take a village" to choose a computer for your personal use.