Should I get an 11" Macbook air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by brendangibson, Feb 28, 2014.

  1. brendangibson macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2012
    Beijing, China
    My 2009 Macbook Pro is on it's last run. I'll be purchasing an iMac later this year but was wondering if I could still get my work done on an 11" Air for a few months before I make my move. I imagine the 2014 Air would run much better than my lower level 2009 Pro. Can you guys give me some advice? Thanks!
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    You don't really delineate what that work is, so its hard to say how the MBA would fit your needs. Given that you're using a 09 iMac the MBA should be ok
  3. NewbieCanada macrumors 68030

    Oct 9, 2007
    It will certainly be powerful enough for whatever you're doing on your old MBP... but will the screen be big enough for you? You might want to spend the extra on a 13 inch. Of course if you're planning to hook it up to an external monitor than the size won't matter.
  4. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    My 2011 Air feels faster than my 2009 Pro. But I'd hate to lose 6" of screen, but spec wise the current air will blow away your older pro.
  5. nefan65 macrumors 65816


    Apr 15, 2009
    I'm in a similar situation. I have a 2010 MBP/13". I like the idea of the 11" MBA for portability to meetings, etc. But I've been using the 13" as my sole desktop at work, and love the minimalist approach of not a lot on my desk. If I go the 11", then I'll need an external display, KB, and trackpad. So still up in the air...No pun intended!

    I contemplated the 13" MBA, but for a few $$$ more I can go the rMBP, and it's not much heavier, and actually has a smaller footprint.

    Decisions Decisions!
  6. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    If you have a 13" Pro, you're looking at a 1280x800 resolution right now. The 11" Air has 1366x768 resolution so you're really gaining a little bit of screen space.

    If you're going from a 13" Air or 15" Pro with a 1440x900 screen, that's where you have to be worried going to the 11".
  7. csixty4 macrumors regular

    Apr 8, 2010
    Somerville, MA
    Unless you need an iMac for something specific, why not pick up an 11 inch MacBook Air and a 27 inch IPS display like they sell at Monoprice? They're several hundred dollars cheaper than a cinema display, and have an almost identical picture quality.

    I do development work on an 11 inch Air all day, and it has plenty of horsepower. When hooked up to a big screen with a keyboard & trackpad, it's just like having an iMac.
  8. brendangibson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2012
    Beijing, China
    Thanks so much, guys. My work involves a lot with Smartsheet, email, and Skype. Not really a big deal. I'd imagine it would be more powerful than this old guy. I'm getting an iMac because I told myself I would get one years ago but then moved to China and traveled around a lot. Hopefully this year I'll be settling down in Beijing and can use an iMac when I work from home and the Air when I go out. I feel like that's a perfect setup.
  9. tentales macrumors 6502a


    Dec 6, 2010
    Define "on it's last run". Anything breaking or
    is the battery just getting old ? SSD envy ?

    Sure, the MBA would run circles around your "old" '09 MBP, but given your App needs, I think you could extend the life of your MBP by popping in a new battery and SSD drive to hold you over until you get your iMac later on.

    Then sell your '09 MBP when you get your iMac with the orig. hard drive and use the SSD to mod your iMac to create a Fusion drive or stick it in an external TB or USB3.0 enclosure and use it as a boot drive.
  10. brendangibson thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2012
    Beijing, China
    Battery life is awful. I use SMC Fan Control and the computer gets way too hot. I sometime do a 12 hour workday and find it getting far too laggy. It's had a really good run and I would say I definitely got my money's worth.My friend got a free computer from work so he sold me this MBP for $700 2 weeks after he bought it new.
  11. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    For portability, nothing beats the 11" MBA; it is a dream to use and will certainly be more powerful than a 2009 MBP.

    The advantages of the 11" are the very good battery life and the extraordinary portability; if you partner that with a different device with a larger screen (as you say you will do when you get an iMac), that seems like an excellent solution.
  12. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    I just went from a 2009 13" MBP to a 2013 11" MBA. The portability and battery life is awesome.
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Personally I think the 11" MacBook is an excellent size for travel, but otherwise it's too small as a sole computer.

    I would get the 13", but I don't recommend the 13" MacBook Air, but rather the 13" Retina MacBook Pro.

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