Does anyone here run 2 windows side by side on the 13 inch?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by thetruth1985, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. thetruth1985 macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    I have a 2010 17 inch MBP that I am considering to trade to a guy on craigslist for his 2011 MBA 13 inch. My 17 inch may be worth a couple hundred more than his air since I also have 8gb ram and a 128gb ssd. I am willing to give up this power in order to get a smaller machine that is easier to transport back and forth to class. I think I am ready to trade but one of the questions I have is if it is possible to comfortably view 2 safari pages or 2 MS word docs side by side. One of the things that is good about the 17 inch is because of the resolution, I can watch 2 windows side by side. For example, I may watch a youtube video on the left side while searching google on the right without straining my eyes. I want to know if I have to give up this capability when using a smaller machine.
  2. scarred macrumors 6502a

    Jul 24, 2011
    Do you have good eyesight? I just did a test. I opened MS Word, set to Print View Layout, and zoom at 100%. This screen fits quite perfectly on half the screen. But the font is quite small.

    I personally don't think you'd be very happy using it that way. I usually run things in full screen mode and leverage Mission Control, Launchpad, and three finger swipe a lot.
  3. thetruth1985 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 17, 2010
    Ok thanks for doing the test. I guess this is sort of a dealbreaker for me since it's something I'm so used to lol. My eyesight is perfect but I still prefer not to squint while at the computer.
  4. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    Just pop into an Apple Store/Reseller and have a go yourself. You'll therefore know if its good enough for you or not...

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