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MacBook air 11 or 13 inch?

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Aug 28, 2012 5:17 AM

From a purely practical use standpoint which size MacBook air ia best for day to day use?

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  • captfred Level 7 Level 7 (26,225 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 6:07 AM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    The 13" screen.  The extra 2 inches makes a big difference.

  • SP Forsythe Level 5 Level 5 (5,200 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 6:34 AM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    If the 11" were something that would be right for you, you would already know it. Otherwise, opt for the 13".

     

    I have both, and the 11" is only for very specific purposes, not for daily use.

  • orfew Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 6:44 AM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    I use the 11". I do a fair amount of travelling for work and it is perfect for that.

  • dwb Level 6 Level 6 (19,705 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 9:38 AM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    There's really only one way to know if the 11" is right for you - find one and use it. Less than 5 minutes with the 11" clearly told me I needed the 13" model.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 9:52 AM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    The 11" is small but for email, web browsing, non-development stuff it serves it's purpose. It's the ultimate in portability.

  • rvaro2 Level 2 Level 2 (310 points)
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    Aug 28, 2012 10:41 AM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    I have and love the 13"... one of the key features I loved was that the resolution was that of a 15" screen.

    I remotely log into other computers for work and I don't have to do any unnecessary scrolling.

     

    Just my two cents.

  • RockStarInLife Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:06 PM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    If you plan on traveling go with the 11" (this is what I use and love it)

     

    If you will only use it around the house or office, go with the 13"

     

    Remember that even if you go with an 11" or 13" you can still keep an external monitor at your home and or office and just plug it in when you need a bigger screen. This is what I did for years with my macbook pro.

     

    Even with my 27" iMac I use dual screens.

  • MacroStuff Calculating status...
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    Jan 20, 2013 12:30 PM (in response to 2Rileigh)

    While I currently own a 13", I have extensively used the 11 inch in the past and it is more than enough real estate for me even to photo and video edit as well as use the Internet extensively and accomplish every day tasks.

  • jolejniczak Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:09 PM (in response to RockStarInLife)

    When you say you use the 11" for travel...do you take only this laptop, or is this a secondary machine?

  • orfew Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 5:33 PM (in response to jolejniczak)

    Hi, I take my Macbook Air and an IPAD everywhere I go. The IPAD is for entertainment and the laptop is so I can get work done. The 11" air does everything I need and is my main machine for all of my work. It just so happens it also travels really well. It fits on the try table on a airplane, and that is a plus for me.

  • RockStarInLife Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 10:12 PM (in response to jolejniczak)

    I use my 27" iMac at home (home office) for work while I am at my desk etc.

     

    I use my 11" MBA for when I am doing stuff on the couch and when traveling. I do bring my iPad Mini with me while traveling. But I use the iPad Mini mainly for wathing movies and doing some light web browsing etc.

     

    Bottom Line:

     

    iMac when at home 90% of the time

     

    11" MBA while traveling. I have an i7 and this thing is powerful.

     

    I just bought my wife the 13" MBA and I am so glad I went with the 11" cause its so much smaller and easier to travel with.

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