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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 2:44 PM (in response to timrie)I just moved my Media and Photo's to a network drive and access the data via my wireless network.
(Obviously, this doesn't help when I'm on the road).
In a year or so when the prices on the SSD's drop, I plan on upgrading to 256g or more.MacBook Air 11" / MacBook / Mac mini /, Mac OS X (10.6.6), / Windows xp (Boot Camp)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 3:28 PM (in response to timrie)I recently got the 11" MBA, switching down from a 13" Macbook Pro. I don't regret a thing! I may not be the best one to advise on this, however, seeing as I'm in no danger of filling up my 128gb hard drive (all music, photos, etc. take up a mere 40gb), and seeing as I do have an iMac at home. But, really, the iMac is for storage. I use my little 11" almost exclusively. It is my primary computer and if the iMac vanished, I probably wouldn't notice.
I really think you'll be surprised at how little hard drive you actually require. Obviously, when you need something you need it, and it's nice to be able to access it instantly. But there are so many options for that now--wireless connection to other computers (like school computers), to a cloud or other on-line storage, portable disk drives, USB drives. Obviously, these options are not foolproof. If there's no wireless, and/or you forget or lose the portable drive, you're out of luck. But the question really comes down to how likely you'll be in a position where you need that "elsewhere" data, but can't get to it. If that scenario isn't all that likely, then by all means. Go for the 11".
It's a little hard to get rid of the mentality we've maintained for so long that we need to lug all our music, photos, videos along with us because there's no other way to get at them when we need them. But the plain fact is, with wireless and portable drives, we can keep the bare minimum on our laptops (thus keeping them light and slim) and put all that extra stuff in "storage" for when we want it. We don't have to lug it all around with us all the time "in case."
And if you make sure that your 11" is backing up (vis Time Machine), then if anything should happen to it, you can resurrect it just as it was, nothing lost. Just do make sure to go for 4gb RAM. If it's going to be your only computer, make it top-of-the-line.MBA 11.6, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 3:41 PM (in response to timrie)No. I bought the MacBook Air 11 for the wife. We have two MacBook Pros 17-inch. The Air is obviously lighter and more fun to use. We use the Pros as mini-desktops. The wife loves her Air. The end.
zoziMac 27" i7, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro (2), IPhone 3GS, Mac OS X (10.6.6), God bless Basset Hounds!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 3:45 PM (in response to timrie)I was going to buy a 11" but after looking at both the 13" and the 11" . I decided the limits with storage and no SD card slot actually convinced me to buy the 13". But my wife also said the high resolution and the small screen really makes everything so small.MacBook Air/ Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 4:29 PM (in response to timrie)I got the "bare bones" $999 11", and I have absolutely no regrets. I'm not using the MBA as my primary Mac, though. I have an iMac that stores all of my music, photos, etc, that I just access wirelessly when I'm at home. If I'm going on a trip, I put just the stuff I need on the MBA temporarily (a couple movies, documents, etc). My music isn't a concern since I also travel with an iPod that holds all of my music anyway.
It sounds like HD space is really your main concern at this point, and as other people have pointed out, that can be worked around. Enjoy, whichever you decide!iMac 24" (Early 2009) | MacBook Air (Late 2010) 11", Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPod Touch 2G
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 6:02 PM (in response to timrie)I wanted the "pretty and portable" and got the 11" and regretted it and took it back. I even paid the restocking fee .... but luckily, when the Apple retail store got the 'ultimate 13"" in stock and I bought it, they credited the restock fee to the price of the 13" MBA. I have been quite happy. No compromises....! I have the requisite 4GB RAM to operate everything I want at the same time, I have the CPU speed necessary for some of the programs (non-apple) that I run, and I have the internal flash drive volume that I require now and in the future.
Why limit yourself and have to carry an external usb drive when you can have everything that you need in the one beautiful computer that gives you the battery longevity of 7 hours, the SD card slot for additional storage, the 4 GB RAM and 256 GBflash storage space all in one?.... oh, and the big beautiful 13" led display 1440x900 non-squished visible display.
No compromises here.
OH,... and I don't have the ridiculous unnecessary weight of an MBP but have all the advantages of a light weight, beautiful computer without the compromises of the 11" MBA.
Can you tell that I love my 13" new MBA???
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Message was edited by: RhydMBA 13" 4/2.13/256 (2010), 2.53 13"MBP, MBA1.6HHD MBP 2.4 SR LED, 8G iPhone, Mac OS X (10.6.4), MBA MBP + PPC Mac notebooks, towers, and desktops now back to System 7.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 7:39 PM (in response to timrie)I wanted the 11" MBA also, but the screen was just too small. Looked very "netbooky" to me also. I bought the 13"and am in love with it.
You will love either machine.
SlyiOS 4, iPhone 4, iPad 16GB wifi, MBA 13"
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 8:10 PM (in response to timrie)Thanks for your help guys. I eventually decided on the 11" for its looks and portability. I just bought it - so excited!
I figured the space issue was resolved by my portable 1TB hard drive. I also thought that if I went with the 13" Air, this would be a silly purchase, as I may as well just go for the slightly thicker 13" macbook pro instead, as it is cheaper and has better specs.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 9:15 PM (in response to Carly Pederson)
Carly Pederson wrote:
I got the "bare bones" $999 11", and I have absolutely no regrets. I'm not using the MBA as my primary Mac, though.
Same here, and the MacBook Air 11" is my only Mac (but I also have an iPad). The screen is (relatively to an iMac) small but that's what I wanted because I mainly use the Air to write poetry and the small screen is more "intimate" and I can work anywhere. No regrets!iPad · iPhone · iPod touch · MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 2, 2011 9:28 PM (in response to Gilles H.)I ditched my 15" MBP for an 11" MBA Ultimate. I have no regrets. The 11" is an amazing computer. When I need more screen I plug into a 24" Apple Display. Less is best.MacBook Air 11.6/1.6GHZ/4GB/128GB, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 24" LED ACD, 1TB Time Capsule (late 2009), IOS ATV, 16GB iPhone 4
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2011 11:12 AM (in response to timrie)Less is best I agree. 11" all the way I have owned a 15" and 13", 11" inch is portable and solid the way a laptop should be.20 " Imac Intel/MacBook Pro 15"/iPhone 3G-4G/MacBook Air 13" /MacBook Air 11", Mac OS X (10.0.x)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2011 2:12 PM (in response to timrie)I got a 11"MBA recently, I specifically wanted the 11", over the 13" - as I wanted that 'netbook' size and portability. I have a 15" MBP, which I thought I would use as a desk top kinda deal from now on, but since I got the Air I haven't really used the MBP at all. Which is a bit unexpected. I did get a completely maxed out Air though, top of the range processor and RAM. That helps heaps.
My wife is talking about chopping her MBP in for a 13" Air now and possibly getting an external monitor for when she is at her desk. You won't be sorry which one you buy, as both are excellent, it's just that the 11" is SOOOOOOOOO portable, you'll actually forget you have it in your bag at times, which is nuts - I take mine with me everywhere, just like an ipad, but way better and much more useful.15" MBP 2.2 Santa Rosa +11" MBA, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone 4 16GB + NANO 6G + 4G
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2011 2:13 PM (in response to timrie)Nope not at all, I just got my 11" about 3 weeks ago after selling my 13" MBP. Everyday I use the 11" the more I like the little guy.
I share my music, movie and photography libraries on an external HD I have connected to my iMac. If the 128GB is bothering you there are alternatives, a travel external HD or OWC's larger SSD's.
Frankly though if you want everything in one package then I'd take a look at the 13 MacBook Pro's and then upgrade the HD to a 500GB Hybrid HD.
RogeriMac 6 GB RAM, MacBook Air 4GB, 128GB SSD, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iPhone 3GS Airport Extreme Airport Express
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 3, 2011 4:04 PM (in response to timrie)It's actually fun reading all of the stories on here, and comparing everyone likes/dislikes. Looks like we all want/need something different. My MBA 13 is currently 'in the shop' for a problem it's experiencing, so I'm back on my Windows 13" HP for the next few days.
Besides the heavier Windows hardware and slower Windows 7 OS, it's clear that what's important to me cements my love for the MBA 13. Screen ratio. This HP is a 13" Wide screen 16:9, much like the 11" 16:9 on the the 11" MBA (same ratio). I sure miss that 10:16 13" MBA. Just too much scrolling for me on the 16:9 screens. (example this page has 2 large white bars on the sides where the page can't be sized to the widescreen. This a major reason why I chose the 13 over the 11. Love the speed also.
Anxious to get my baby back.
Cheers!iPad WiFi/3G, MBA 13" (2010), Mac OS X (10.6.6)