Thinking of buying an 11'' Air for school

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by as11ley, Feb 8, 2015.

  1. as11ley macrumors 6502

    as11ley

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    Hey guys.. hows it going?

    Firstly, I already own a late 2013 iMac at home for light gaming and garageband, fantastic machine!

    I have always considered getting a MBA for College work to do my essays and to be able to use while I am in lessons. I am an IT student so I spend most of my time on computers, and I have had enough of the constant crashes with their PC's.

    My question is, do you think I should go for the 11inch or the 13inch? As I am a student, I can get up to £160 off a new Mac. Plus I would be upping the RAM for the standard 4gb to 8gb.

    Also, is their any way I can downgrade for Yosemite to Mavericks? I already have the Mavericks install USB on hand, so would I just be able to downgrade?

    Thank you for your time! :cool:
     
  2. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    Test drive them both and make an informed decision. I did so and ended up with a fully loaded 13".
     
  3. joshlalonde macrumors 6502

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    If you only need it for essays and such, I'd actually suggest the Chromebook if you'd like to save money. But, since you're in IT, I'll assume you know the many reasons why you may NOT want one. I fancied buying one myself, but as a programmer and light gamer, the MBA was the better option.

    But if you get a MBA, you'll love it. good luck man!

    Oh, and as for downgrading, it's not worth it nor necessary. Yosemite isn't the buggy piece of software people make it out to be. If you're buying brand new, you'll be free of any Wi-Fi bugs that people were plagued with in the past. Especially since the updates are out to fix it.

    Even then, it's even possible that the MBA might still be on Mavericks if its older stock. Don't quote me on that. You can confirm by going to :apple: > About This Mac
     
  4. SFStateStudent macrumors 604

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    I got the MBA 13" and had the first MBA 13" in 2008 for Graduate School and it was awesome, but heat issues sent my MBA back to Apple. ZERO heating issues now. Perfect fit for college 110%...:cool:
     
  5. vertisync macrumors newbie

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    Since you already have a 2013 iMac, I agree with the guy who says to save your money and buy a Chromebook for taking to class. Everything will be stored in Google's cloud so it will be backed up for you and it will be easy to work on from the iMac at home.

    If you are dead set on wanting a MBA, I would go with the 11". It's more portable, and the screen size isn't as much of an issue if you are going to be using the iMac at home most of the time.
     
  6. imaccooper macrumors regular

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    I have done the same and concluded the same. I really liked the 11" but I felt it was just a hair too small for a couple of programs I would be running. As far as purely typing documents and the like, I really liked it especially for its size and portability but the 13" won out for me.
     
  7. vertisync macrumors newbie

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    I went with a 13" as well. I thought the 11" display was just too small. But it turns out that the 13" display is way too small as well, so I connected it to an external monitor. Now that I have the big monitor that I use 90% of the time, I wish I got the 11" MBA for the extra portability :D
     
  8. imaccooper macrumors regular

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    Yeah I don't think I could stay with just the 13" if it was my only computer. That 27" iMac on my desk is quite nice for most everything I do.
     

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