selling a MBP 13" for a MBA 11.6": too small ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macchiato2009, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. macchiato2009 macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    in order to save some money, i'm thinking of replacing my MBP 13" by a MBA 11.6" because the 13" would be too expensive

    but i was wondering...

    is the 11.6" too small ?

    is the screen comfortable or should i really go for the 13" ?
  2. Buck987 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2010
    I doubt you will save much money....unless ur MBP is loaded.
  3. Squadleader macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Avalon Hill
    It wasnt for me...The resolution was so good, it strained my eyes...(Unless I wore reading glass's) The MBP has the same resolution but the screen is 2" bigger, made a major difference for me...
  4. Squadleader macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Avalon Hill
    Quoted the wrong message, but you get the idea.. !!:eek:
  5. oakie macrumors 6502


    Oct 16, 2008
    buying another computer is not "saving money."

    if you want to save money, just keep your current MBP and dont waste your money on buying another computer. sounds like you're confusing "wants" with "needs" and trying to use an internet forum to justify this irrational decision.
  6. koobcamuk macrumors 68040


    Oct 23, 2006
  7. DukeL macrumors member


    Aug 19, 2009
    I have the same problem with the macbook air 11 and 13''. Though I don't think its the actual resolution that hurts my eyes. I think it is the display itself. It kinda has a blurry negative black type effect, I cant really explain it. It might be because the screen is straight lcd in your face and there is no glass over it like with the mbp. It looks so buttery smooth on the mbp with the glass covering the screen. I recently made the switch and I often feel strain on my eyes but its not from the small text its from the screen itself. I love everything else about the macbook air 11.6" the form factor is just incredible.

    I even bought a 13" air to try out but you just cant beat the cool factor of the 11" so I decided to go with the 11" and I also sold my old 13" macbook pro. I'm trying to see if I can adjust to the screen it's not as buttery smooth as the glass covered mbp.
  8. Mac Composer macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2010
  9. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    This is your answer.
  10. sunrisemusic macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2010
    I know what you mean about 'eyestrain' on the 11" and not being due to the size. I think it's also to do with the high contrast (ie between black text and white background for instance). As soon as I have time I'm going to fiddle with that further. I'm comparing it to my white macbook, which is so easy on the eyes and I see the blacks aren't as black and the whites aren't as intense either.

    That being said, I'm not sending the air back :D
  11. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    the 11" is a nice size but definitely will be harder to read as things will be smaller, also the trackpad is significantly smaller and the battery life i far worse. To me those are reasons to stick with the 13
  12. Shasta McNasty macrumors 6502a

    Shasta McNasty

    Jan 5, 2010
    Southern Cali
    I had the 13" macbook pro and am now using an 13" air. Absolutely love it. I actually traded my macbook pro plus $160 for this air im using now. Best money i spent is 2010 :cool:
  13. Andrmgic macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    I personally find the 11.6" air to be one of the most useable notebooks around.. the screen resolution is excellent.. it made me feel like I had real screen space on a very portable machine..

    Since I've been on vacation I've been running it in clamshell mode connected to a 23" monitor and it's been great for that, too.

    I plan to get a 27" cinema display in the next few months for use with the air.. I was able to do some testing at best buy and it seemed to drive that display perfectly.. the SSD and capable integrated gpu make it a joy to use on any screen.
  14. Dammit Cubs macrumors 68000

    Dammit Cubs

    Jul 31, 2007
    Agree with this 100%. It's an amazing machine. and I ask myself why I have two mac's when all i need is this air.
  15. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    To me, 11.6 inch was significantly smaller than 13.3 inch because it has 16:9 display oppose to Apple's traditional 16:10 display.

    Also, 11.6 inch display has only 5 hours of battery life oppose to 13.3 has 7 hours. However, 11.6 inch MBA is more than capable of replacing my MBP and iPad. I actually own iPad and I won't be getting iPad 2 at all. ( Unless iPad 2 gets retina display)

    While I will not be selling iPad, I am going to be buying MBA 11.6 inch this summer. Trying to save some money by getting it with Mac OS lion and hopefully, Apple will update the hardware. Probably... they will.
  16. dgdosen macrumors 65816


    Dec 13, 2003
    Did you need the mini display port dual link adapter - or just the mini displayport to HDMI adapter?
  17. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    I like the 11 incher.

    But I also like the 256GB, which the 11 doesn't have. I can use the space.

    Note: that 256GB SSD is some serious tech. I've never had an SSD that big. It's a desirable option.
  18. Scott6666 macrumors 65816


    Feb 2, 2008
    I don't find the resolution bad at all on my new Air 11 and I was afraid I might.

    I'm 51 and just this year started with reading glasses for everything (not just the Air). I think the Air PPI is just fine.
  19. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    Its not horrible but if you compare 13" to 13" the type on the air is noticably smaller than that on the pro. Advantage of course is you can fit more on the screen. Hasn't been a huge issue for me though because the lower res screen still fits a lot on it. Its certainly not a huge issue anyway you may just end up holding the computer closer to you to make the type look bigger
  20. jace88 macrumors regular


    Jan 3, 2011
    Sydney, Australia

    I'd keep the MBP over the MBA unless you genuinely need it for portability. Realistically you won't be able to get that much cash for selling your MBP and are likely to end up in a negative/loss position as a result.
  21. gentrysama macrumors newbie

    Jan 19, 2006

    I had a 13" pro, sold it to get an ipad, then sold that and decided to wait and probably get a pro again...until the Air came out. I went to the store ready to justify the 11" (my fav computer ever was the Powebook 12"). While it wasn't in any way "disappointing", I left with the 13" Air. The main reasons were:

    Bigger screen, handled photo processing better (I took an SDHC card with me, the apple guy was happy to let me use it), practically just as light and portable.

    The processor made a difference, it was, to me, noticeably better at even just loading (including thumbnail creation and all of that) photos than the 11". I think I could have just dealt with that, but it was obvious the screen size would have made photo editing a pain. Also, the 13" has a better (the last gen 15" screen I believe) screen in general, including wider color gamut, and I could tell. Even then, I was trying to make it work, but what pushed me over the edge was the added SSD capacity. You just get a lot more for the extra money.

    Those are my thoughts on the 13" compared to the 11".

    As far as whether you should keep your MBP, I would suggest it depends on how often/far you carry it around on your person. If you have to be mobile and need your computer with you, if you bike around with it on your back a lot, and/or if you're a student, there's no question: get the 13" Air. If your computer lies around the house or you drive most everywhere, keep the MBP and save money. I LOVED my MBP. I just couldn't carry it around on my back all day any more, along with a bunch of books. Hope that helps!

    p.s. Keep in mind i REALLy wanted to justify getting the 11". It was the 12" powerbook I had been waiting for. Having said that, from day 1 I've been supremely happy with my choice, and feel I would have regretted the 11".
  22. Andrmgic macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    Neither.. this was the Apple LED Cinema Display 27".. it has a mini-displayport input, built-in camera, speakers and a charging port.

    I use a mini-DP to HDMI adapter with audio support for my 23" at home.. works great. Not sure who makes it.. but I found it at my local apple reseller..
  23. WardC macrumors 68030


    Oct 17, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX

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