The Winner in the Epic Battle Between the MacBook Air 11″ vs 13″


A shared a week and some change ago that I was testing seriously an 11-inch MacBook Air to replace my 13-inch version. I explain in enough detail why this is a necessary move for me and why a change was warranted.

I took the notebook on a trip to DC to celebrate the Fourth of July so I could give it the full stress test that I can give it. Here’s my experience and where I ultimately landed.

1. Portability

Size matters so much these days and the difference between the 11 and 13 is noticeable. Fatigue in my hands while I carry it, grip, and even weight were obvious.

If you’re a road-warrior and every ounce counts, this is the machine for you. The 11-inch is a clear winner, hands down.

2. Screen Size

The biggest “wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh” that I’ve gotten from people is the reduction in screen size and real estate. This isn’t that bad at all actually and I was able to work in my “cramped” environments with ease.

In fact, jumping back on my 13 after a week of use made the size feel ridiculously-large and unnecessary. How amazing perspective is when you get a fresh one in your path!

If I did have trouble at all with the clutter that many people experience I simply created a new desktop and silo’d applications according to function. This is natural, easy, and with a three-finger swipe I can navigate between them all as natural as breathing.

3. Speed

The speed of the new processors in the newest refresh of the line was awesome. I shared my thoughts here about that already.

Clearly the machine had no trouble dealing with what I was throwing at it. Note, I do not do heavy image editing nor do I perform any serious video editing. I don’t even recommend any of the Air line if you do those to begin with, so stay away from all of them if that’s what you do.

4. Form Factor

I’m already in love with the sleek and relevant form factor but the issue with my wrists was the biggest issue. Outcome? It performed as I knew it would and I experienced less cramping and less slicing-pain as I spent time on it.

This alone, outside of all the other things, made the choice very clear. For the amount of time that I spend on my notebook I cannot afford to being in any pain whatsoever.

5. All the Rest

All the rest of the issues that people bring up weren’t a problem for me. I am obviously biased already as I believe that the MacBook Air line is the best line of personal computing devices ever created by human hands.

As a result, I will be definitely purchasing an 11-inch MacBook Air customized to my needs and have already returned my “test” system to Apple. I can’t wait to get it, which, might be a few months from now as I’m so deep in development with Pressgram (and a software development configuration) that I don’t have time to spend “messing” with my flow right now.

I will be buying this config:



I don’t need the storage as I do most of my stuff via the Cloud and my home backup solution and my reduced Dropbox usage.

Thoughts? Have any questions that I can answer to help you make a purchasing decision?