From 15 inch MBP to 11 inch MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by youngmac, Feb 11, 2013.

  1. youngmac macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    I know few people went that route. any regrets?
    anybody misses their 15 inch mbp? have you adjusted to the smaller screen?
    I have tried the 11 inch at the store, i like it specially the ultra portability, screen is nice. but i feel i won't adjust to the smaller screen in the long term.

    I know that 11 mba is faster than my late 2008 mbp. I have 21' screen 1080p to attach it at home. i want to go for the 11 inch because i don't wanna have ipad as well. i would like to take my mac more often which is not the case now. 15 inch mbp screen is easier on the eye, but feels big and heavy next to the air.

    Please let me know your thoughts.
  2. jjhoekstra macrumors regular

    Apr 23, 2009
    I use a 15 rMBP and my wife uses a 11 MBA, both 2012. I love my MBP, but the MBA is so very portable that I find myself using it more often than my own MBP. The small screen is no real problem in my experience, but the limited battery life is somewhat annoying. The 13 MBA is also worth considering. Still very portable but more useable.
  3. FuNGi macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2010
    I have a 15" MBP and 13" MBA. My wife has the 11". Personally, there is no way I could be as productive using the 11". If I were you, teetering between keeping your 15" and going 11", I would consider the 13" as the best of both worlds - portability yet usability when you travel, and a workstation when home with your monitor.

    Get a maxed out refurb and sell your 15".
  4. youngmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    Thanks guys for your input.

    Maybe should i upgrade my 15 mbp to ssd and 8 gb ram, i have changed the battery already. even though is old, it is quick for what i do.
    But i don't like to take with me most of the time because of the size and weight. i was thinking selling and buy ultra portable mac.
  5. fyrefly macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2004
    What do you use your 15" MBP for? It's worth noting that the current 13" MBA has the same resolution as your 15" '08 MPB. 1440x900. So if you went 13" MBA you'd have the same workspace but in a smaller form factor (and less than 1/2 the weight).

    Re: 11" MBA, I think it's an awesome little machine, but hard to do any long-term work on 'cause the super-high PPI ratio, which makes the text really small, IMOH.
  6. youngmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    i use it for web surfing, hd movies, word processing, email and little bit of video editing and photo editing.

    i love the 15 inch but never leave home now. I was thinking 11 because it can fit in my small backpack and i also travel often. i am used the 15 inch screen the last 4 years. i know there is the 13 inch but i was thinking why not just go for the smallest ultra portable mac. i have seen a friend who had it and it looks nice and weight is next to nothing and you can fit more stuff in your bag.

    and maybe i am going to get used to the size or use the external screen as main.
  7. travis.jennings macrumors newbie

    Jan 29, 2013
    Depends on what you want to do with it

    I have a 2011 15" MBP at work and I got myself a 2012 11" Air. I have an external monitor at work I use with the 15".

    Just for an experiment, I closed the 15 and used the 11 air all day at work just to test. Yes I had the external plugged in. I do software development, lots of windows and stuff.

    The air kept up fine, and the keyboard was just fine. The keyboard was my biggest concern, as my fingers have far too much muscle memory with the 15" MBP keyboard.

    When not using the external, and doing portable stuff, the Air really shines. My girls 15" Dell PC feels a 1982 Buick by comparison, just the weight and handiness.

    Since I been using the air, the 15" just seems to have gained 5lbs. I still bring the air to work often. Makes meetings in the conference room passable. And yes, everyone envies the air.

    I thought about a 13" air, but the pure size and portability makes the 11" hard to beat.

    Often in my house, watching TV, we have a stack: 15" MBP from work, my girl has a 13" MBP, and my 11" air. But the air gets the most use. Its that handy.
  8. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    I went from an MBP 15" to an MBA 11" last year, I don't regret it at all. I was going to keep the Pro as a pseudo-desktop machine but I got rid of it a month after buying the Air. I'm using the Air for web design (plugged into an external monitor) and dev work. The size of the Air makes it extremely flexible. It's great for carrying around as it's only marginally heavier than an iPad.
  9. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    If you're used to the screen on your 15, I'd probably get the 13 inch MBA if I were you, because it has the exact same screen resolution even though the screen is smaller. Also the 13 is still very portable and light, so IMO its the best of both worlds.

    That said, I love my 11 inch, but I came from a 13 inch MacBook, so it's actually a step up for me because the 11 actually has a higher resolution than the 13.
  10. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    The small size of the 11" is nice. If you do most of your work at a desk and connect to a larger monitor, go for it.
  11. mono1980 macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2005
    Lansing, MI
    I really like the 11" in full screen mode. As soon as you start dealing with smaller windows though, it feels a bit cramped. So it would depend on your work habits I guess.
  12. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    768 pixels is tough to work with. Multiple desktops/spaces really helps though.
  13. youngmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    11 higher res than 13?
    to be honest 11 inch feels very small for me, it is maybe the fact that i used 15 inch for the last 4 years.

    but whenever i see somebody with 11 inch i envy them, because it looks so nice, weighs practically nothing, very convenient when you don't have that much space. 5 hours battery is let down though.
  14. Drew017 macrumors 65816


    May 29, 2011
    East coast, USA
    Yep- the white MacBook and the 13 inch MacBook pro (non retina) have a resolution of 1280 by 800 and the 11 inch MBA has a resolution of 1366 by 768 (a few more pixels if you do the math)

    I didn't mean to confuse :p
  15. youngmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    off topic, do you know how much i can sell my mbp (see signature) for?
    would it be easy to sell?
  16. racer1441 macrumors 68000

    Jul 3, 2009
    Your brain will eventually adjust.

    If you are really worried, just get the 13 inch air. Better specs, fast SSD, and the same resolution on the screen.
  17. JeffiJers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2012
    I went from a MBA13 to Pro15.. No way i personally could use a 11inch. I would have a hard time adjusting to the 13 again. My gf has a 13 and it is so small. (to me)

    I too recommend a MBA13 if you are coming from the 15
  18. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    The 13" MBA is a kind of "sweet spot" between two extremes.

    I have an early 2011 15" MBP to which I've added a Toshiba SSD and upgraded the RAM. It's more or less permanently tethered to a Thunderbolt Display.

    I have a mid-2012 11" MBA - i7, 8GB, 256SSD - that I take with me almost everywhere I go.

    If I try to revert to the MBP, I feel as if I'm toting a boat anchor. But my eyes are aging (along with the rest of me) and the 11" screen can be a strain. For full-screen, it's fine. Ordinary use is becoming more difficult as time goes by.

    The 13" MBA has come to represent something akin to the best of both worlds - all the screen res and speed of the larger and heavier MBP, but portable enough to take with me without really noticing the extra bulk.

    Or maybe I just miss the SD slot!
  19. Malizzar macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2011
    Actually I would like to think I have the best of both. I have a 2011 mbp 17 I use for home and 2012 mba I use for travel.
  20. youngmac thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2010
    mba 13 get the votes as i can see. battery life will be better as well, bigger screen and the sd card slot...
  21. Kendo macrumors 68000

    Apr 4, 2011
    If you look at the tech specs, the size of the 13" rMBP is right dab in the middle of the 11" MBA and the 13" MBA. One would think the 13" rMBP would be the same size as the 13" MBA but it is actually smaller because the screen bezel is a lot thinner on the rMBP.

    Just a thought in case you want to upgrade to something more compact but still have a decent sized screen.

    The 11" MBA is 11.8" wide, the 13" rMBP is 12.35" wide, and the 13" MBA is 12.8" wide.
  22. petsk macrumors 6502


    Oct 13, 2009
    Northern Europe
    I went from a 15" high res MBP i5 to a 11" MBA half year ago. The only thing I miss from the MBP is the screen quality (viewing angles, saturation etc), the MBA screen really sucks in comparison.
  23. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    It may have "a few more pixels" but they're no in the direction you need them to get anything done.

    The 11" screen is way to short and wide - it's fine for playing movies, but for getting work done the 16x10 aspect on the MBPs and the 13" MBA is far better.
  24. Suraj R. macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2013
    I'm debating between the 13 and 15 inch rMBPs, the 13 inch form factor is nice but the lack of quad core sets me back...

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