MacBook Air buying advice (11' vs 13')

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  1. mcdonoughdr macrumors member

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    Hey everyone!
    I am in the market for a new MacBook Air and I was wondering your guys thoughts on the options below. I receive a government discount from Apple. I mainly want the MBA for word processing and web browsing, as well as editing video in iMovie while on the road.

    Choice 1: Stock from Apple ($1,049)
    11-inch : 128GB
    1.7GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz
    4GB memory
    128GB flash storage
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    Choice 2: Apple Certified Refurbished ($999)
    Originally released June 2012
    13-inch : 128GB
    1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
    4GB memory
    128GB flash storage
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
     
  2. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    well - which do you want, a big one or a small one?

    best advice would be to go to the fruitstand and try them. both fine computers but the 13" didn't seem as light to me as i expected so i chose the 11" because that was my priority: small and ultraportable.

    but i went into the store expecting to prefer the 13 so you never know until you play with them.
     
  3. Heater macrumors member

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    I thought I would want the 13 also and left with the 11. IMHO the MBA is for portability so.... 11 > 13.
     
  4. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

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    I have both. the 13" is much easier on the eyes, battery life is greater and I have a 512 GB SSD in it vs the 256GB drive in my 11". If I had but one it would be the 13"
     
  5. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    If you plan to take your MBA everywhere you should probably get the 11. If you don't need that type of portability, get the 13 inch.
     
  6. stchman macrumors 6502a

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    If price is not as big a concern, I would get one with 8GB of RAM. IMO 4GB is too little. I would also personally get the i7 and a larger SSD, but that's me.
     
  7. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    So, you were wondering what 'your guys' thought, eh? I think you need to find an 11 and a 13 configured the same. Until then, it's hardly an 11 vs 13 comparison.

    Five responses;

    • Two recommended the 11
    • One recommended the 13
    • One stated the obvious
    • One didn't answer your question.

    So, what are you going to do, count the votes and get an 11?
     
  8. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Dang Stchman, stole the thoughts right out of my post:eek:
     
  9. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    I believe the Air line of laptop, IMO, are :apple: top sellers. Wicked fast, Ultra light,, choose the one that best fits your style, wait for the Haswells and jump in!
    Probably, all 80% of users need. We have 3 2010 11" refurbs that came with a 64 GB SSD, now have 512 OWC SSD's. If the specs on the new ones are to my liking, I'm in, our current three will be repurposed for Grandaughters :cool:
     
  10. maxosx macrumors 68020

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    I have both.

    The big problem with the 11" is its small 16:9 display. So much more scrolling required compared to the taller (when open) 16:10 display of the 13".

    There's barely 0.5 lb. difference, not enough to notice, at least for me.

    It's personal preference.
     
  11. Micky Do macrumors 68000

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    I have never been one for taking a computer (therefore work) around with me. Better to leave all that on my desk, so a Mac Mini has served my needs just fine. However with a more itinerant phase in my life coming up I have been looking at the Macbook Air too.

    If I was thirty years younger, with sharp eyesight, the slightly more svelte 11" would be favourite. But now middle-aged eyes make the slightly more readable screen of the 13" the better choice.
     
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  13. scalia4114 macrumors newbie

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    I have the 11 inch from 2011. It's great for travel and usage of the apps you mentioned. If at home, I have it hooked to a 25 inch monitor with a bluetooth keyboard and trackpad.

    I use 64 G. All of my storage is cloud based, so the hard drive space is not an issue for me (yet).

    It likely has the power you need.

    Depends on how portable your use case is and if you need ultra portability, can you afford to or do you have a set up at home that minimizes the 11 inch weakness?
     
  14. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    If you plan to take your MBA everywhere....and have access to a way to keep it charged, i would say.

    The 13" has a longer battery life - just so you know.
    :D
     
  15. Drew017 macrumors 65816

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    This is very true :rolleyes: :p but the 11 inch is a very nice portable laptop.
     
  16. fullauto macrumors 6502a

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    13" all the way. Just love mine. You won't regret it :p
     
  17. sakau2007 macrumors 6502

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    i went with the 11. portability was my biggest concern, as i use it in college classrooms with pretty small desks.
     
  18. blakek macrumors member

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    11 is too small after looking at my 13

    glad it'll work for you though!
     
  19. sk2sep2304 macrumors regular

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    If its going to be your and only mb, go with the 13.
     
  20. mcdonoughdr thread starter macrumors member

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    MBP buying advice...

    Hey Everyone!
    I want to buy my very first Mac notebook tomorrow. Right now I have a mid 2011 iMac and I am looking for something to use on the road. I am looking at either a base 13" MacBook air or a base 13" MacBook Pro. I have also considered a refurbished MacBook Pro Retina. my main uses for the computer are Mic Office and web browsing, as well as some basic Final Cut Pro while on the road. Any thoughts or suggestions?

    MacBook Air:
    1.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor
    Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
    4GB memory
    128GB flash storage1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000

    Macbook Pro:
    2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5
    Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz
    4GB 1600MHz memory
    500GB 5400-rpm hard drive1
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Built-in battery (7 hours)2

    Retina MacBook Pro:
    Refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Pro 2.5GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5 with Retina Display
    Originally released October 2012
    13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch
    8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM
    128GB Flash Storage
    
720p FaceTime HD Camera
    
Intel HD Graphics 4000
     
  21. simsaladimbamba

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    All three will suffice, but the ones with Flash storage (MBA and MacBook Pro with Retina Display) will feel faster to lower waiting times.

    I personally would go with the base MacBook Pro with Retina Display, as you can get more screen real estate with that than with a MacBook Air.
     
  22. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    questions:

    1) how much? the rmbp can be had for much less than on apple store usually
    2) I wouldnt get the mbp 13, I would either go for the mba or the rmbp
     
  23. mcdonoughdr thread starter macrumors member

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    RMBP is 1,269
     
  24. Mr MM macrumors 65816

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    if you can find the 256gb model I would go for it, but thats an awesome price
     
  25. owensky macrumors member

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    Hello,

    I would go for the rMBP. I got the base line with a 256GB refurb and I love it. Super fast while still being light and portable.

    Good luck with your choice!
     

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