The 11-inch MacBook Air is Apple's least expensive laptop - its entry-level system, if you will.
Priced only $100 more than the base model 11-inch MacBook Air at $999, the 13-inch MacBook Air's 13.3-inch display shows 1440 x 900 pixels natively, but under the hood it's very similar - 4 GB RAM and 128 GB flash storage. With their lids closed, both MacBook Air model rise barely more than half an inch above the table. All systems now come equipped with OS X 10.10 Yosemite along with the latest personal and productivity software for Mac, including Pages, Numbers and Keynote, Apple's answer to Microsoft Office. This gives the 11-inch MacBook Air a decidedly more cinematic feel to it, despite the tiny size.
At 135 pixels per inch, the overall pixel density of the 11-inch MacBook Air is a bit higher than the 13-inch model's 128 PPI - measurable but not huge.
Having said that, we survived for years without Retina display systems - if you don't have it, you may not miss it.
Screen size isn't the only fundamental difference between the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air.
Both MacBook Air models have outstanding battery life, thanks in part to the use of Haswell processors inside.
Apple estimates the 11-inch MacBook Air model can go up to 9 hours without recharging, while the 13-inch can go up to 12 hours.
There is one key difference between the two machines, however: the 13-inch MacBook Air also sports an SDXC card slot on its right side. 4 GB of RAM is the standard across the line, and it's perfectly sufficient to run Mavericks and any normal productivity apps and Internet apps that you might need to.
If you're working with really memory-intensive apps - image-editing apps, video editing apps and music-making apps, for example - or if you're planning to run a lot of applications simultaneously - going with 8 GB may be worth it. Upgrading to 8 GB may "future proof" your MacBook Air a little more further down the road, as well. It's important to note here that you have to order your MacBook Air with the amount of memory you think you'll need, because it's soldered to the motherboard. Likely be the most difficult decision when buying a MacBook Air: Deciding how much storage is sufficient. Compared to the 500 GB hard drives that have become common in laptops in recent years, 128 GB of flash storage is scant space. With clock speeds way below MacBook Pros and some PC laptops, the MacBook Air looks on paper like it should be a pretty anemic performer, but looks are deceiving. Perhaps one of the more intriguing configuration options for the MacBook Air comes with its processor. All this reinforces that if you're looking for maximum performance, the i7 is a solid $150 spent. If weight and size is your most overriding factor for your laptop, the 11-inch MacBook Air is your machine. There are a couple of compromises you make with the 11-inch model - 20 percent less viewable area on its display than the 13-inch, and the absence of an SD card slot. Of the two MacBook Air models, the 13-inch is the better value: its base configuration is only $100 more than the 11-inch, and it offers superior battery life, more screen real estate and SD card support. For the price difference between a 13-inch MacBook Air and Retina MacBook Pro, you get a significant faster processor and better graphics performance, a much better screen, more memory and storage options (up to 16 GB RAM and 1 TB flash storage), and better expandability to boot thanks to two Thunderbolt 2 ports and an HDMI port.
Bottom line: If you're not willing or able to pay for the MacBook Pro with Retina display, or if you want to save weight and don't care about the differences in the two machines, the MacBook Air is a fantastic, lightweight laptop that will get the job done.


If you still can't decide with MacBook Air is the right one to choose from, I'd recommend dropping by our [Apple notebooks] discussion forum and posting a question there.
The MacBook Air is a fantastic, flexible computer that's easy to carry thanks to Apple's ingenious engineering - feather-light and slim.
The Nifty MiniDrive has started its journey on the Kickstarter website and has been designed to create a semi-permanent storage solution that fits neatly into your MacBook’s SD card slot. The Nifty MiniDrive does not come supplied with a MicroSD card, which you will need to provide in the size you require.
The Nifty MiniDrive concept is currently over on the Kickstarter website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production. The Microsoft Surface Pro 3 is a powerful tablet designed to handle everything that you can throw at it.
The trade-in offer expires on July 31st and we should point out that Microsoft has used that old trick of saying that the trade will return "up to" $650.
As for functionality, the SP3 is capable of everything the MBA is capable of PLUS having a built-in stylus, touchscreen, and a non-2008 display resolution.
I will not trade in the recent two gen macbook air as I can fetch better price in the open market. Now you have to decide which MacBook Air is right for you - the smaller 11-inch model or the larger 13-inch version?
For that, you get a system equipped with an 11.6-inch display (measured diagonally) that can display 1366 x 768 pixels natively. Also, both sport backlit keyboards with an ambient light sensor that automatically adjusts the backlighting brightness.
The 13-inch MacBook Air and every MacBook Pro sports a screen with a more conventional 16:10 aspect ratio instead.
It's actually the same size as the 13-inch MacBook Pro sans Retina display, but with higher resolution.
And the 13-inch MacBook Air gives you a decent amount of screen real estate to do what you need. Because it's bigger, the 13-inch MacBook Air can pack more battery capacity inside than the 11-inch, as well. Intel's Haswell chips have a smaller die size than previous processors and are more power-efficient, which means laptops that use them like the MacBook Air can last longer on a single charge. So if all day battery life is a consideration, the 13-inch MacBook Air may be the better alternative. If you use or plan to buy a digital camera that writes to SD card, and you plan to use your MacBook Air to edit and catalog photos and videos shot with that camera, the 13-inch may be a better choice. Apple's steadily increased the amount of base RAM it includes in laptops to give them more headroom for beefier performance; my late 2010-era MacBook Air came with 2 GB, and it's feeling the pinch now that it's running Mavericks.
The 256 GB configuration of either the 11-inch or 13-inch MacBook Air is $200 more - $1,099 and $1,199, respectively. Third parties specializing in SSDs designed to work in older MacBook Air models don't yet have SSD upgrades for the newest MacBook Airs, so you're stuck with what you get from the factory. Having flash storage makes a big difference in overall performance, since the CPU isn't bottlenecked by a hard drive. It has more of memory cache, which stores frequently accessed data and can means the i7 works faster and more efficiently. While gaming purists and heavy-duty video users may scoff at integrated graphics, they've come a long way.


But ultimately, it's entirely optional - the standard processor is more than enough for general use. It's barely larger than an iPad Air (albeit more than twice the weight), but it's a fully functional Mac computer that can do just about anything you need it to. But if neither of those are significant factors in what you're doing, the lightweight, tiny 11-inch MacBook Air may be your ideal traveling laptop.
For road warriors and other who don't want to be encumbered with a heavy computer, the MacBook Air makes a fantastic traveling companion.
Watch the video after the jump to see the Nifty MiniDrive’s creator take your through the concept.
The Nifty MiniDrive is machined from aluminium and can easily be removed from your MacBook when required using a paper clip. So if you think it is something you could benefit from, jump over to the Kickstarter website now to make a pledge and help the Nifty MiniDrive become a reality. Whether you're at the office crunching numbers, or at home playing Angry Birds, the 12 inch slate can handle it all. If your MacBook Air has an intact screen and no water damage, you still might not  receive the entire $650.
And despite the 11-inch's diminutive proportions, the keyboard is the same size as its 13-inch cousin, so you make no compromise there, either.
It's higher-res but not Retina - and that's an important distinction to make - Retina display is not an option on either MacBook Air model. If the screen gets too cluttered, fire up Mission Control and create a second desktop space.
Inside the 11-inch MacBook Air is a 38-watt-hour battery, and inside the 13-inch is a 54-watt-hour battery. If there are infrequently used files that you've archived but you still want to keep, this may be an opportunity to offload to an external hard drive, server, or even cloud service. It also helps that the same company that makes the computer makes the operating system that runs on it, and the operating system is thoroughly optimized to take advantage of that hardware as best it can. But if you're willing to pony up $150 more, you can replace that processor with a faster 2.2 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 processor instead. The i5 and i7 both sport "Turbo Boost" technology, which will automatically make the processor cores run faster when needed, for short bursts. Today's MacBook Airs offer smoother and better graphics performance all around, compared to their predecessor. The 11-inch MacBook Air is also a terrific computer for kids in school and college students looking for a lightweight, flexible system.
That undoubtedly helps the MacBook Air with its amazing battery life, but it also puts it at a disadvantage for users looking for the best-quality graphics and text reproduction on their laptop. The MacBook Air you trade in needs to be in working condition (no water damage, no cracked screen), the trade-in must take place at a Microsoft store, and the money you receive for the trade can only be used toward the purchase of a Surface Pro 3.



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