Macbook Air 11'' vs 13''?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by NbinHD, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. NbinHD macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2012
    Macbook Pro 13'' - Mid 2012 Baseline
    I need some advice from some fellow Apple users. I'm deciding between the baseline Macbook Air 11'' and the baseline Macbook Air 13''. I will use for internet browsing, YouTube, homework (Microsoft Office) and maybe every now and then some gaming - GTA IV and watching Movies on iTunes. Also maybe some Google Sketch-up. What do you guys think? I have a school laptop but would like to buy my own laptop that I can download what I want on it and not stick to the schools rules/regulations/agreement.
  2. JoshMKB24 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2013
    This is like the 50th thread on this right? :D

    I mean if you want to do gaming on it I would suggest the 13" because of the larger screen. I have the 11" since its not my primary computer and I just wanted it for traveling.
  3. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    The 13" give you more screen space and is only marginally bigger, plus it has twice the hard drive space. I vote 13", but it is a matter of preference.

    Can you go to a nearby store to compare them in person? Either machine will be fine for what you want to do with it.
  4. jmoore5196 macrumors 6502a


    May 19, 2009
    Midwest US
    Really? They're putting 1TB SSDs in 13" MBAs now?
  5. JoshMKB24 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 5, 2013
    I don't see where he said anything about that? He was comparing the 11" and 13" MBA not the MBP. I'm pretty sure he meant the difference between 128gb and 256gb available in the 13"
  6. jonfarr macrumors 6502a


    Jun 29, 2012
    The base 13" (128GB) has double the capacity SSD then the base 11" (64GB)
  7. DrumApple macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2009
    Go with the 13" unless you are ONLY going to use it for web browsing and listening to music.

    If you have papers to write for school, trust me, you're going to want the 13".
  8. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    For me personally, this would depend on how I use my computer on a daily basis:

    -If I traveled frequently, didn't need "all-day" computing, but had to use my computer during that time, I would strongly favor the 11". For home though, I would have to buy an external monitor because I wouldn't want to work with the resolution constraints all the time. This goes against my minimalistic philosophy though, so unless my job demanded it, I wouldn't go this route.

    -If I didn't meet the above requirements, or I did travel, but I needed more battery life, I would go with the 13" without a second thought.

    The higher resolution will help with Excel. This might not mean too much now if you're a student though.
  9. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    If you want the best portability, go with the 11" and an external screen for home. If you don't really need the portability and want the screen real estate, then the 13" is for you.
  10. designs216 macrumors 65816


    Oct 26, 2009
    Down the rabbit hole
    To me the Air is all about portability but it still has to be useable, which is why the 11" is something of an oddity. With all the windows most folks have open simultaneously, 11" just isn't practical. Also, save your $ a little longer and bump the specs up -- this baby can't be user upgraded and you want it to last.
  11. Dominus Mortem macrumors regular

    Aug 3, 2011
    If you need to write up papers on the computer or use it for long periods unplugged, you're going to appreciate the 13". If you are just browsing, taking notes and listening to music, the 11" is insanely good for that.
  12. Saturn1217 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2008
    I just bought the 13" MBA in my sig. Coming from a 13" MBP and my goal was to not compromise on my computing experience while at the same time getting the lightest computing package possible (and staying with OSX).

    I really like my 13" MBA BUT it doesn't really feel that different from my MBP. I think if this will be your only computer go 13" or if you need the battery life because the battery life on this computer is fantastic.

    But if you are looking for a truly OMG I can't believe this is a computer kind of lightweight machine then the 13" MBA might disappoint.

    Still it is an excellent machine. I haven't tried the 11" MBA except at the Apple store. The battery life limitations and the fact that I use my laptop as my only computer for both work and play and without the option for an external monitor made me sure I couldn't handle the smaller screen 24/7.
  13. Robyr macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2010
    Battery I can understand, but the 11 is nearly at parity with the 13" as far as performance, and you can totally use it with an external display. Just like the 13. Unless you mean that you don't have one/access to one.
  14. propower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2010
    Coming from 2011 i7 MBP 15"

    DEcided to try the 11" first -- LOVE IT !!!

    Use external monitor 99% of the time (Apple 24" LED) and the speed of the 1.7/i5/128 11" air is great! For everyday tasks no different than my i7. For rendering an imovie it is slower but the catch is... it is also SILENT! THe 2011 MBP would ramp fans up within 30 seconds and was totally annoying! The air gets to ~80degC CPU with fans at minimum and stays there! Perfect!!!!!

    I am going to do a BTO with 8G of ram and the 256G SSD but the proc I am going to leave at the i5. Less heat - no noise. For intensive tasks I have a 2012 i7 2.6 mini (audio production station). For the office the 11 air is killer. And for the dozen times I use it as a laptop it is super light and totally useable.

    I added a $15 usb2/gigabit ethernet and usb3 card reader (mono price) and now have all the connectivity I need. Should Apple (please!!) come out with an updated thunderbolt display (24" I hope) with USB3, TB and Ethernet ports I will get that too...

    To me, the Air and mini are the two best Apple computers. Honorable mention for the Retina 15" for a gorgeous screen + CPU power... for those who work that way!
  15. torana355 macrumors 68030

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    I would go the 13" unless you need ultimate portibility. My 13" MBA is my favorite Mac ever, yep i even use it more then my new 27" iMac lol.

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