Would it be redundant owning a 13" air and a 11"?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Jacoblee23, Apr 22, 2015.

  1. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012
  2. Le Big Mac macrumors 68030

    Le Big Mac

    Jan 7, 2003
    Washington, DC
    They don't seem sufficiently different to have it make sense to own both - if you want a bigger screen sell the 11" (or v.v.).
  3. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    Id think so. I always found the 11" in store to be "tool small" especially next to the footprint of the 13" on display next to it. But after i got a 11" at home, its VERY nice to use on the couch and in bed, and I'm a bigger guy.

    And... If you want the extra screen real-estate i just connect it to my 27" ASUS monitor or my 65" TV on the wall for MEGA space :D

    I still get stuck between if i like the 13" better because of more wrist rest room for my big hands. But i would think owning both would be redundant.

    I still LOVE the 13" i only went 11" because i picked up a 2013 in great condition used for $450 the other day. Really solid deal.
  4. MacBoook160 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2011
    I'm curious why you'd want both? If you can come up with a reason that makes you happy, do it.
  5. Hieveryone macrumors 68040

    Apr 11, 2014
    Dude yes. Just pick one or spend all that cash on MBPr. Or just average to the sizes and buy 12" rMB
  6. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014

    That is a pretty solid answer, i must say. :cool:
  7. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Yes. As others mentioned, the 11" and 13" are so similar that owning both would be redundant, unless there's a specific scenario that justifies it.
  8. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    The reason i voted yes is because if you need screen real estate you can plug either into a larger external monitor to really maximize your room. Now if you will be on it constantly on the go. You have to juggle between the 11" being more portable. But the 13" having a little better battery life and little bit bigger of a screen.
  9. Dweez macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2011
    Down by the river
    It seems redundant to me, but if you want them both and have the means to acquire them both, why not?
  10. kamalds macrumors regular

    Dec 16, 2010

    No both are different machines for different uses. The 11 incher is much more portable than 13". It is amazing how much difference just 2 inches can make!
  11. SusanK macrumors 68000

    Oct 9, 2012

  12. RUGGLES99 macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2015
    we happen to have both the 2014 11 and 13, the latter my wife's, the former mine. it would be redundant for one person to have both. i also have a mbp 15. that combo, 11 and 15 is not redundant.
  13. LittleLuth macrumors member

    Oct 27, 2014
    +1 to RUGGLES99

    rMBP 15 is an awesome machine, not great portability. I have a 13" Air, only because I bought it long before the rMBP. Had I bought it after or at the same time, I'd have gotten an 11" or MAYBE the new 12" rMB. You could also get the 11" with an iMac or Mac Mini set-up as well. With a Mini you could run the same display as the Air. I don't see a point in having a 13" and 11" Air - for about the same money or just a little more you could have way more powerful and versatile combinations.
  14. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    I have an 11" MBA and a Mac Mini.

    I've been thinking about getting rid of the Mini and just using the MBA.

    These laptops are pretty easy to "dock." Just plug in power, monitor, and a USB hub with all your peripherals.
  15. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    You could always repurpose the mini. I've been looking for a cheap older model to set up for the purposes of CrashPlan backups and iTunes home sharing server. There are plenty of other things you can also do with a mini.

    Thunderbolt is a great solution for docking but most docks are too expensive. I'm excited to think about a future docking solution with USB-C (with it's ability to carry power). It can truly be a 1-cable dock.
  16. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    Yeah, thunderbolt hubs are expensive and the ones I've seen don't have nearly enough ports for my purposes.

    Right now I have a 7-port USB hub with a keyboard, mouse, printer, speakers, external hard drive, and cable for my phone. So basically it's already almost full with semi-permanent stuff. The TB hubs I've seen only have 2 or maybe 4 USB ports.

    So I save some money, and get all the ports I want, although I have to plug in 3 things instead of just 2.
  17. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Hey, if you've got money to burn, knock yourself out. Why not throw in the 12" Retina Macbook for days when you feel like something in between? Maybe get one in each colour so you don't get bored.

    To answer the question more seriously, YES, I personally think it's redundant and pointless to buy two such similar laptops. Especially when these aren't just little budget netbooks/chrombooks. But who cares what I or anyone else thinks? It's your money and your life. If you want them both buy them both. You're the only one who knows how you feel and you're the only one who is affected by the decision.
  18. Scepticalscribe Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    The Far Horizon
    Well, reading this thread I am struck by the tone as much as by the replies. How the OP - or anyone chooses to spend their money is their affair. Personally, I think that the feeding frenzy surrounding the launch of a certain Timepiece With Extras is completely bonkers, but, again, each to their own.

    Now, to the question asked: No, is the short answer, and 'it depends' is the slightly longer response.

    As it happens, I have both. And I find both superb. Initially, I hadn't planned it that way.

    In the summer of 2013, I was working abroad, and my 2010 MBA (which was 13") was in its third year of life, and third year of Applecare, hence it was time to buy a new one.

    I ordered a CTO 13" MBA while I was home on leave - 8 GB RAM, 512 SSD, Core i7, and so on - but, because I was informed that it wouldn't be ready before I had to return to central Asia, - and my brother had been given my old MBA as a birthday present - I bought - as an emergency stop-gap - a 2012 11" with 256 SSD and 8 GB RAM.

    I was amazed at how good and fast the 11" was; above all, I was amazed at how superbly and wonderfully utterly portable it was.

    While the 13" was ready when I next returned on leave - a few months later - I was impressed by the 11". A colleague - spotting it - had offered to buy it as a gift for his ex-wife, - it was an amicable divorce - so I sold it to him when I next returned to work, bringing both computers with me.

    However, subsequently, while I missed the stunning portability of the 11", I did notice a surprising difference in the screen size, and found that the 13' seemed considerably larger, and easier to work with over a long period of time. The only drawback of the 2012 11" (the one I sold) was the less than optimal battery life - but this has since been addressed in the 2013 and subsequent models.

    Thus, last summer, I decided to order a second 11" - this time a CTO - built to the same spec as the 13". For travel (and I travel a lot), nothing touches it. Yet, for more 'heavy duty' writing, I prefer the 13" and use it - for now - as a desk top, although it is superbly functional also as a robust travelling laptop.

    So, the upshot is I have both, and use both.

    For now, the new 12" MB is an underpowered computer, with limited specifications, irrespective of the attractions of the retina screen, and, as such, it offers nothing worth looking at for me; it is a glorified iPad - designed for consumption of, rather than creation of, data, and, as such, it doesn't tempt me in the slightest. Over time, the specifications offered may well improve.

    For anyone who commutes regularly, or travels regularly, one or other of the MBAs is undoubtedly the way to go.

    Now, I will be honest and say that I don't expect this star of affairs to be indefinite. If I were to have a permanent base - which I haven't had for nearly a decade - I would contemplate a combination of - possibly a 15" MBP with a serious SSD drive, retina screen, massive RAM, etc, etc., plus possibly, an 11" MBA CTO. But, for now, I don''t need it, and in my current circumstances, wouldn't use it as it is far too heavy and large to lug around comfortably.

    That is the thing with the MBA; either computer is a fast, powerful, and supremely portable - which is what is key when considering the MBA - machine.
  19. Mal67 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2006
    West Oz
    A Mini and an Air I think make a pretty good combination especially if you've got a mini with 8 or 16 gig of memory. And neither really take up a lot of room. This is the combination I use :)
  20. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    I looked into getting a newer mini from BB as they were on sale a a bit ago. But thank god i researched that they made the new models NOT very upgrade friendly. Which sucks, that was the beauty of them before.

    I picked up a 2015 Macbook Air 13" for $720 from BB as they are on sale this weekend for $200 off the 2015 models :eek:. Plus a 10% movers coupon. This guy will hold me over until they make a 14" MBR or a MBA WITH Retina display. I just love the industrial feel of the Air. The bezels don't bother me at all. It seems more "manly" to me compared to the VERY slimmed down MBR. Plus I'm a bigger guy with large hands so i need the extra wrist space.

    Cool thing about the 2015 MBA are they can output 4k at 60z on a external monitor. :D
  21. motrek macrumors 68020

    Sep 14, 2012
    It's good. The main reason why I would switch to just using the Air is so that all my files/data would all be on one computer.

    Right now I have to transfer some stuff back and forth when I want to use my laptop. This is done easily enough with AirDrop but it could be just a little bit easier. 1st world problems.
  22. torana355 Suspended

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    I love my 13" MBA so much i would buy an 11" model aswell if i could afford it :p
  23. qcmacmini macrumors 6502

    Oct 26, 2014
    The Netherlands
    I personally have the 11" and love it, but it's my 2nd computer. I don't think it makes sense to have both.

    OT - Nice username :) Do you have a Torana with a stroker in it?

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