Is it better to keep the MacBook Air 11" for travelling?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jaelee, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. jaelee macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2013
    Hi everyone, new user from Tokyo.

    I've purchased the new Macbook retina pro 15" last week for working from home. It has been working great and I've just noticed that I even didn't open up the Macbook air 11" (mid 2011) for one week after I got the new macbook pro.

    It seems like I won't use the Macbook air at least at home, so started thinking of selling it for the used item shop near home. But I also concern that I might need the laptop for travelling. I usually travel to other Asian cities and work there for 5-6 days, so I have to bring at least one labtop with me in that case.

    I know the macbook pro will be working perfect when working from home, but was wondering if Macbook air will be better considering that's easy to bring around.

    Will Macbook pro 15" be really not a good option for travelling? If so would it be keeping the Macbook air 11" (mid 2012) only for travelling?
  2. torana355 macrumors 68030

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    It depends on your personal needs, if you feel the rMBP is all you need then sell the Air. If you think the rMBP is to big to lug around when traveling then keep the Air. Personally i think having an iMac and MBA is the best combo.
  3. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    So YOU are the one overseas, you don't know whether a 15" would be good for travel?

    15" OK for First Class, Business Class seats, assuming u don't mind the bulk.

    Coach, keep the 11"
  4. ssmed, Jan 20, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2013

    ssmed macrumors 6502


    Sep 28, 2009
    I had an MBA 11 which is my back up computer for clinics and I would always take it travelling unless I was going to be away from power for a long time. It is a good travelling computer, although I do not like the screen size. I now have a 13 inch rMBP and that serves the purpose pretty well
  5. Fattytail macrumors 6502a

    Apr 11, 2012
    I used to have an iMac and an MBA until I realized that the MBA could act as my desktop and my portable. So I old my iMac. It just seemed utter overkill to have two computers in the house when one would do the job just fine.
  6. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    I use a MacBook Air as my only computer now as well. When at home, it's connected to a 24" monitor most of the time.

    I used to use a 15" MacBook Pro, but carrying that along with some camera equipment got to be too bulky/heavy. I can see why many people would prefer the 15" though... especially if they don't need to carry around much else.

    To the original poster: If you don't carry much with you aside from the computer, then take the 15" when traveling... but if you have a lot to carry, you might want to keep the MBA around for it's smaller size/weight.
  7. iaymnu macrumors 6502

    Mar 23, 2007
    I take my rMBP traveling. I travel every 3 months between HK and NYC and the rMBP isn't that much of a hassle. With my MBA i tend to bring MORE unnecessary things because there is more room in the bag. :p
  8. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    What do you man as far as 'traveling'?

    Taking a computer WITH you on a trip or using it while you're on a trip?

    If you just travel to another office or use it at the hotel - the 15" is fine. But for using on the train, on the plane, or in cramped restaurants the 11" is much better.
  9. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    When you're working at home with your 15" are you sitting a desk or table or using it on your lap?
  10. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
    I really suggest the MBA 11in. EXTREMELY light and easy to carry.
    I carried my MBP 17in couple of times and its really a pain.
    11in MBA still has greater specs than most eee PC or iPad.

    At my home, I dont use the MBA often as well.
    I turn it on couple times at home for syncing and doing light work on my bed.
    But to me, the lightness and portability is very important.

  11. iamsen47 macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2012
    Kobe, Japan
    Try commuting for a week with the MBP, even if you don't use it, just keep it around in your bag. If you don't mind the weight, then go ahead and sell the Air.

    Personally, the 11" works perfectly even on a somewhat crowded Yamanote. It's also a perfect fit for the counters at McD/MisDo/Doutor/Excelsior, etc. I'd keep it.
  12. xchaotic macrumors member

    Jan 14, 2008
    It really depends on your usage patterns.
    I travel very frequently, but for short periods of time (1-2days) across EU, so:
    a) I have to work WHILE travelling, so all those cramped spaces like buses, trains, airport lounges etc
    b) I work a little in those remote locations. Very often I am allowed to dock to one of their 27" iMacs or screens
    c) Still I spend most of the time working at my home office where it is docked to a 27" screen

    For me the above is a perfect setup, but it might be different, if for example you travel somewhere, stay there for 3 months and then come back and then go somewhere else for another 3 months - then I'd say 15" MBP is perfect and just sell the MBA.
    In any case which ever you decide, I think no single person needs more than one laptop - it's physically impossible to work on the two at the same time so definitely sell at least one. In your position, I'd probably sell the MBA and buy a nice screen to dock the MBP.
  13. A Hebrew macrumors 6502a

    A Hebrew

    Jan 7, 2012
    One Mac is better than 2. Sell the MBA, and then you do not have to worry about syncing and such.
  14. jaelee thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2013

    Hi everyone,
    Thank you for all your posts and advises.

    I've sold my Macbook air, and now only has the Macbook pro retina.

    For me, I usually use a laptop at a hotel room, not outside like coffee shops, so I thought that'd be fine to carry it to a hotel during a travel, put it on a desk, then use it for work.

    One of my concerns was a weight. So I took a test. I carried the Macbook retina 15" in my backpack, hold in by hands (as you're supposed to do in a crowded Tokyo subway car.) took one hour trip to work and back home at total. It was heavier than holding a messenger back with Macbook air, but it was still okay. I think the weight won't be any problems when having air travelling as well.

    Also, Retina display is so awesome especially when reading Japanese and Chinese characters which have a lot of strokes. I couldn't think of other option.

    Thanks again everyone, for all your advises. It really helped me a lot when making the decision.

    Jae from Tokyo.
  15. Bulldog3777 macrumors 6502

    Apr 2, 2009
    Mba 11

    I have the 13 MBA and the 11 MBA. The 11 inch is so much better for travel because it fits under the seat in front of you in a bag standing straight up which gives you foot room on either side of the bag. The 13 does not. I have to lay it flat down which gives me almost no space for my feet. At least on Delta.
  16. JoshMKB24 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2013
    I had a rMBP and loved it, but like you sort of just used it at home and then decided I wanted to have a larger screen and then the retina part becomes a moot point when I got my new iMac. I like the 11" air for traveling a lot. Its very light and still fully functional
  17. bogatyr macrumors 65816

    Mar 13, 2012
    I have a 15" rMBP and ended up buying an 11" MBA (lowest cost model, 4GB/64GB) for extra portability. I use iCloud, Dropbox and SCP (for sensitive files) to keep them in sync.

    My MBP is a powerhouse and runs everything perfectly but when I'm cramped in a datacenter, car, meeting, etc, I need something smaller. Bought the MBA as an open box (for the price of 2010/2011 models used, it wasn't much more for the new proc/gpu/4GB RAM of the 2012) from Best Buy. So far things are working well having both.

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