Smaller cursor keys on 11", problem with heavy use?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by GekkePrutser, Mar 23, 2011.

  1. GekkePrutser macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    I noticed in the shop when comparing the 2 models that the 11" has not only a smaller function key row, but also a smaller bottom (space bar) row. This is only as high as a normal key row, whereas on the 13" (and every other MacBook and Apple keyboard) it is a bit higher.

    Therefore the arrow keys are smaller, because they fit in this space. Especially the up and down arrow keys are very close together.

    I tried using them for a bit to see if there was a difference but the only local reseller has them bolted to some kind of stand tilted downwards, which is terribly awkward to use, so I can't really compare them.

    I was just wondering how people find this on the 11" with long-term real life use. I do a lot of console/terminal stuff, especially using SSH to connect to remote Linux boxes so I use the cursor keys an awful lot.
  2. anand.rohira macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    Go for 13 inch

    if its an issue you noticed so early, u did probably hv trouble using in the long run.

    rather than having a buyers remorse, just go for the 13 MBA.

    whn MBA was launched in oct. i had my mind sent on 11 MBA for months,

    but after arnd 5 visits to the local apple stores and sitting on MBA (both sizes) for abt an hour, i found 13 inch one to be better for long term usability !

    hence got a 13 MBA.
    no complaints here ...
    difenatly wud hv regretted the 11 mba
  3. GekkePrutser thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 18, 2005
    Well it wasn't so much that I noticed it as an 'issue', but more that I noticed it as a difference when I was comparing the two models. It's only several millimetres.

    But like I said the local reseller (PC World) has the 11" bolted to an awkward stand that shows the keyboard at an angle pointing down, so I can't actually use it to see what it feels like. Even so I think it's something that only shows when you use it a lot.

    I agree that the 13" would be better keyboard-wise, but it is more expensive (I'd go for the 64GB) and I travel a lot so I could really use the extra portability of the 11". Even the 300 grams difference is great as I travel a lot on budget airlines with hand luggage only so that's another 300g I can use for clothes. It feels like the 13" is not too much of an improvement in portability over my old pro which I sold recently.

    That's why I wondered especially about heavy terminal/ssh users, how they're managing with the 11".
  4. st0p. macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2011
    I do a TON of writing on my 11' Air (blogging, writing novels AND essays/school assignments), and I absolutely love the keyboard. I was concerned too, since it is such a small computer and I have very large hands, but it took me less than half an hour to feel totally at home on it, and that is coming from a PC non-chicklet keyboard.

    Obviously, it's worth giving it a closer look, but I have been ecstatic so far.
  5. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    You're right that they are slightly smaller, but I can't say I'd really noticed until you mentioned it: I haven't found the slightly smaller keys to be a problem at all TBH

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