As I mentioned a day or so ago, I’m testing out the 11-inch Macbook Air so as to see if it’s worth it to make a switch when all of my current functional needs are satisfied via my current 13-inch (which I adore).

I spent some time doing some speed and performance tests on the two systems and here are some of the results:

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Macbook 13-inch Disk Speed Test

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Macbook 11-inch Disk Speed Test

As you can see the 11-inch disk speed test annihilated my current solution’s speed.

The question, of course, is whether or not it’s actually noticeable from my own perspective and that’s an easy answer to give: Yes, without question, the 11-inch feels incredibly zippy. Backed by 8GB of RAM (as compared to the 4GB with my 13-inch) I was able to manage many more applications at the same time.

Ok, on to the Geekbench Test:

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You can see both of the scores (available here and here) that again the 11-inch outperforms the 13-inch. No surprise given the technical components.

But the bottom-line is this: With the obvious speed and performance bumps is it still worth the transition costs (and financial costs) of moving from the more than satisfactory 13-inch to 11-inch?

Still testing… I’ll let you know!

  • http://www.brucecat.com/ Bruce Cat

    Nice.. it even out performed my Mid 2012 max specs Macbook Pro 15″

  • trevorknelson

    In true geek fashion I decided to check my performance as well (early ’11 15″ MBP, 2GHz 4 core i7, 8GB RAM). and although my Geekbench score was 8940, I was suitably embarrassed when the disk speed couldn’t top 70MB/s, whereas both of your machines are in the hundreds. I’m assuming the difference is due to the SSD? Time to start looking at upgrading. :)

    • http://John.do/ John Saddington

      yup. ssd.

  • http://mattreport.com Matt Medeiros

    Thanks for doing this!

    I really wanted to retina in the Air, but I don’t think that’s happening for a while. Now, I’m holding out to see what they upgrade in the MBP 13 for the school season before I upgrade my original 13″ Air.

    You know, I got all these videos to export and this Core 2 Duo is a drag.

    • http://John.do/ John Saddington

      videos….. i stay away from editing that junk!

  • http://www.kineticbear.com/ Jacob Miller

    If I wasn’t doing video editing and post production I would have gotten an air. Could have saved some cash. Tiz the biz of making stuff.

    • http://danl.im/ Daniel Lim

      Love your photos!

      • http://www.kineticbear.com/ Jacob Miller

        Thanks Daniel! Too kind man. Too kind. :)

  • Michael John Beil

    That’s a hard decision John. I’m in the midst of my own search as well. Leaning towards an Air. Have you moved a lot of your storage externally or to the cloud?

    • http://John.do/ John Saddington

      some of it, but not all. i’ve pared down most of my life to be honest.

      • Guest

        Pared down? Meaning simplified?

      • Michael John Beil

        Good to hear from someone else on the road to simplicty.

        • http://John.do/ John Saddington

          life is becoming less complex every year. this is important in so many ways.

          • Michael John Beil

            Indeed.

  • peter

    Where will you give us your comparision you promised ?! I am hesitating between 13 and 11 and postponing purchase since you promised a comparision..

    • http://John.do/ John Saddington

      yes, i have this drafted for tomorrow.