How did you decide which size Air you went for?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Martylaa, Sep 1, 2012.

  1. Martylaa macrumors member

    May 30, 2011
    I am torn between the 11" and the 13" MacBook Air, I want it for travelling, work emails, Internet browsing, games and FaceTime.
    How did you decide on a size?
  2. kierennyc macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    After reading through 99% of the million threads about this very subject on here, I ended up tossing a coin and got an 11'.
  3. dbdynsty25 macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    I went with the 11" last year and regretted it almost the entire time after the newness and novelty of such a small/powerful laptop wore off. Wished I had gotten the 13" from that point forward. Sold it a few weeks ago and got a rMBP but am having second thoughts about the size again. I really think 13" is the sweet spot w/ laptops.

    I had my 2008 Unibody 13" for 3 years and only wanted to update it when it got a bit slow. So lesson learned. I'm still in the 14 day window on my 15" rMBP, so I may return it and just get a 13" Air. It really is the idea size as far as I'm concerned.
  4. Mike in Kansas, Sep 1, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 1, 2012

    Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I knew from experience with other laptops that the size I prefer the MOST is a 15", and that an 11" would have been too small of a display, so I went with a 13". I also wanted the SD slot and better battery life. Finally, I have been going to the Apple Store for quite a while, playing with both MBPs and MBAs, and when the time came to actually purchase one I pretty much already had it figured out.
  5. Barna Biro macrumors 6502a

    Barna Biro

    Sep 25, 2011
    Zug, Switzerland
    I've been kinda' only using 15" models for the past N years... I know for sure that a 11" notebook would be too small for my needs but at the same time, I know that I don't want another 15" model cause it's just not comfortable enough to keep on your lap while sitting on the couch, laying in bed, etc. I clearly need something slightly bigger than the 11" model and smaller / more flexibly than the 15" model... what's left? YOU'RE CORRECT! :cool:

    PS: ... just that it's most likely gonna be a rMBP and not an Air ( weight doesn't bother me... sliver bezels on the other hand do :) ). This year, next year... don't really care, but it won't have a tick silver bezel!
  6. Alameda macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2012
    The threads I've read here are definitely mixed -- there are strong fans of both the 11" and 13". So you will not find a definitive answer here.

    If it's your only computer, especially if you don't have an external display, 11" is pretty small. Personally, the 13" is fine for me. 11" is very small.

    Best thing is to go to an Apple Store and try both.
  7. plucky duck macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2012
    I brought home both a 13" and a 11" and evaluated both within my 14 day return period. The 13", while I like the battery, was the only thing I liked about it. It felt big, despite it's thinness, the footprint was definitely bigger than I'd like for travel. The 11", while the battery was less desirable @ 5hrs, it felt like what an Air stood for, ultraportable, tiny footprint, very lightweight, 16:9 display was nice and didn't feel small after spending some time with it, it's the ultimate grab and go device for me.

    I'm always near a power plug, so while battery life was less than ideal for me, it wasn't a deal breaker. The 11" Air is the little engine that could. I can deal with the battery, but I can't deal with a larger footprint Air as it goes against what it stood for in my eyes.

    13" = portable
    11" = ultraportable

    Price was not a deciding factor at all. I went with a 11" 2011 model over a 2012 13" model, gaining an extra 128GB SSD storage while giving up Ivy Bridge, USB 3.0, and HD4000 at the same $1080 price point. Internal storage and form factor were my top priorities.
  8. tdhurst macrumors 68040


    Dec 27, 2003
    Phoenix, AZ
    My reasons

    1. My favorite computer ever was the last 12" powerbook.
    2. I wanted a computer that had a bag that fit in my scooter.
    3. I wanted to force myself to single task when I'm away from my desk.
    4. I have an external monitor.
    5. IT'S SO LIGHT.
  9. WesCole macrumors 6502a

    Jul 1, 2010
    Screen real estate and battery life. I had a netbook with an 11" screen a long time ago and it was brutal trying to code on it. 13" is about the perfect size with regards to portability/productivity...for me, anyway.
  10. MaulRx Suspended

    Aug 27, 2012
    Price and weight. I knew I would only want to use it when I was out and about so it made sense to go with the cheapest I could get since there is a higher risk of it being broken\stolen\etc. As for weight, an extra 1/2 pound doesn't seem like much on paper but is noticeable after a long day.

    The 11" is completely usable. Screen doesn't seem that small once you have it for a few hours.
  11. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    This is completely personal. You would know if this wasn't your first portable because you would have a very personal opinion on the last portable that you had to lug around.

    If you can borrow one and use it for a month, u will have a pretty good idea. Failing that, I will go into a big box store and play with it. Is OK, they don't kick you out.

    Failing all of that, get the 13" Just because having toys is almost always be the biggest, fastest baddest! ;)

    Frankly I dunno how those people walk around with their 17" 10-commandment tablets!
  12. daveishere macrumors 6502a


    Dec 2, 2008
    That's what turned me off buying an 11", very nice for travelling but I felt the size would negatively impact usability over time so thought the 13" was the best all rounder.
  13. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    Size. I bought the highest spec machine I could get in an 11-inch size. Portability is the most important for me.

    This is my second 11-inch. Before that I had a 13 and I much prefer the smaller size.

    No matter the size of my laptop, I plug it into an external monitor when I am able... but I travel a lot and love having a laptop I can stick anywhere.
  14. SuperJudge macrumors 6502


    Apr 2, 2008
    The Triangle, NC
    Mostly the screen resolution, actually.

    I had a ThinkPad X100e. It was an 11.6" notebook with a 1366x768 resolution. There just weren't enough vertical pixels. It was a decent form factor, but only having 768 vertical pixels felt so 20th century to me. I just couldn't deal with it. I had been using 17" PowerBook G4s and 15" MBPs for the longest time so 1440x900 feels minimally acceptable to me.
  15. K0BI macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2012
    For me, the whole point of the MBA was size. So I bought an 11. Based on your intended use, I would think about the battery life as being the deciding factor.
  16. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    The 13 Inch will always be the best size. 11 Inch is for those who wants it cheaper.

    There's nothing wrong with the 11. It's not small, you'll adapt to it.
  17. StevenT42 macrumors 6502

    Jun 9, 2010
    Screen size is what mattered to my eyes. I went with the 13-inch.
  18. justreason macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2010
  19. m00min macrumors 6502

    Jul 17, 2012
    I bought the 11 inch, maxed out everything bar the SSD (got a 256gb). Price didn't enter into it. I don't find the screen size inhibitive, I find I use the full screen option in apps, I could never see the point of them on a 15 inch screen, too much like wasting space.
  20. LYFK macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2007
    I chose the 13" because I found myself leaning too far forward when working on the 11". The bigger screen allows me to relax my posture and work longer with less strain.
  21. kierennyc macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008

    Thats a ridiculous statement. My spec'd 11" was almost $2k.

    I bought the 11" because I wanted an ultra-portable and I'm sure thats the case for 99% of 11" owners. If you cant afford another $100 for a 13" and thats really the deciding factor, you probably shouldn't be buying a mac period.
  22. jbzcar macrumors regular

    May 11, 2012
    I did very similar. I went with a new maxed mid-2011 11" Air. Got it for less than $1,000. :)
  23. Blackberryroid macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2012
    Have you ever wondered why people are debating on Best 11 Inch vs Standard 13?
  24. 2IS macrumors 68030

    Jan 9, 2011
    For me it wasn't a tough choice at all. I kenw 11" was just way to small. Besides, if I wanted a snappy 11" I'd by a $300 netbook and toss a $150 SSD in it. It wouldn't be a Mac, but I can do the work I need to do just as easily on either platform.
  25. kierennyc macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    No I havent.

    other than the footprint (screen size), battery and SD card slot they're identical performance wise.

    So no, I don't know why you'd compare a 'best' 11" with the 'standard' 13".

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