Just pulled the trigger and ordered 11" Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MarvinHC, Jul 16, 2014.

  1. MarvinHC macrumors 6502a

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    Just wanted to share my excitement. After a lot of considerations I have finally ordered a refurb 11" Air (2013 model, 4/256, i5). Can't wait to get it into my hands.

    I will travel a lot for my job in the future and in addition to my professional laptop I want to bring my own one, hence the need for something very small. I have a cMBP 13" which is great but quite heavy, so this one will stay at home in the future or I might eventually sell it if I really like the Air enough. Until the last minute I was hesitating between 11" and 13" having played with both of them instore a couple of times. As I think many others are in the same position I want to share my thoughts and why I went for the 11" in the end:

    Advantage 11":
    - really small and light, hardly bigger than an iPad
    - slightly cheaper

    Advantage 13""
    - bigger screen (obviously)
    - SD card reader (annoys me that the 11" does not have it)
    - longer battery life

    My biggest challenge was however, every time I was thinking about going for the 13" Air I started comparing it to the retina MBP 13" and starting wondering what the point of the Air is - very similar size and weight, not much of a price difference but the retina screen on the Pro with a somewhat reduced battery life...

    Anyway, will get my 11" on Monday and will later on write, how I like it. And if not.... well I won't lose too much money on it, great prices in the refurb shop, I paid the equivalent of about 860 USD.
     
  2. yosemit macrumors regular

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    Congrats on the new Air!

    Yes, I agree to your opinion about Air 11" vs. rMBP 13". A 12" retina MBA would be perfect, but it's hard to say when it will come.

     
  3. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Congrats! The 11 MBA is a great machine! Let us know how you like it.
     
  4. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Of course now that I have ordered, today the news are out that Broadwell might after all still come this year... oh well...
     
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    Where do you see that?
     
  7. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Some other thread(s) in this forum. Not sure if it is correct though.
     
  8. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    I wouldn't worry about it. It is all speculation at this point, and it could very well just be referring to the Broadwell M chips. Enjoy your new machine, and if for some reason you have to have it when it comes out, just sell your current machine and buy one:)
     
  9. DmbShn41 macrumors 6502

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    Thats awesome :) You have a job in the future?? Damn, I don't even know what I'm doing tomorrow....
     
  10. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I even have a job right now..... but in the future I will be a lot more on the road hence the need for something very portable.
     
  11. nexus4life macrumors regular

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    This.

    That was also a big reason for me to make a macbook air (11" 2014, 128/8) my next machine- resale value. It seems that you can get at least half of what you paid 2-3 years out, more if you sell sooner. That is really fantastic.
     
  12. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I am in an even better position. I ended up paying the equivalent of about 630 Euros for my refurbished. The exact same machine is on sale in Europe where I am originally from today for 1200 Euros. So when I want to sell it in a year or so, there is a good chance not losing much money at all :)
     
  13. maflynn Moderator

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    Congrats on your new machine and saving money (which is always nice) :)
     
  14. Dekard macrumors 6502

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    I just pulled the trigger on the 11' MBA refurbished as well. I got it for on the road and at home, I have a rMBP at work and use it at home but gets kinda cumbersome on the couch
     
  15. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Um no!
    Though the 12-inch MacBook is delayed, a separate report from Economic Daily News [Google Translate], suggests new 11 and 13-inch MacBook Air models are set to enter production next month with new processors, chassis, screen, and other components.
    Hopefully with AMOLED Screens!
     
  16. yosemit macrumors regular

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    NO, NO AMOLED, and NO PenTile.

     
  17. MarvinHC thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Finally got it in my hands!

    It looks 100% perfect cosmetically, cannot see any fault, scratch or usage. Battery cycle count is at 3 so also no issues there.
    Unfortunately no 'free upgrade' as I have read sometimes happens. I got what I paid for 4 GB RAM, 256 SSD. Speaking of which: Looks like I got a Sandisk (SD0256F) which from what I can gather here is the slower one? Oh well, can't have it all :)

    Interestingly the screen size is almost identical with my work Lenovo X220 (which is a 12.5" screen - the height of the screen is almost exactly the same, the Lenovo is a bit wider though). I had not seen the two directly next to each other before and I am positively surprised. I have been using the X220 for years without an external screen and found the size to be sufficient. Luckily the air is a lot less high which will make using it on a plane in economy a lot easier.
     
  18. capathy21 macrumors 65816

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    Great news! Glad to hear you like it:)
     

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