You might be buying your first Mac and I think it’s a better idea to look over the specs and features of these notebooks.
Starting from the display, both feature a high resolution LED-backlit glossy widescreen display. The advantage I see on the 11-inch model over the 13-inch model however, is the support for several resolutions at 16:9 aspect ratio. The 13-inch model only supports resolutions at 16:10, 4:3, and 3:2 aspect ratios- which the 11-inch model also does.
The unibody aluminum construction of both notebooks is cool. There’s no difference on the heights, but what makes the 11-inch model lighter is its narrower width and lower depth, and of course some smaller internal components particularly the SSD storage. Having the same RAM (2G DDR3) and GPU (NVIDIA GeForce 320M), the 11-inch model is powered by 1.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor with 3MB shared L2 cache and FSB of 800 MHz, while the latter has a 1.86 GHz Core 2 Duo processor with 6MB shared L2 cache and FSB of 1066 MHz.
Both of these notebooks have been built with the same full keyboard and multi-touch trackpad, as well as the wireless connectivity and audio options. For connections and expansion slots, I guess the 13-inch model got another point as it has a SD card slot, along with USB 2.0 and Mini DisplayPort. What you will also like with the 13-inch model is the battery life since it’s capable up to 7 hours of wireless productivity, a test conducted by Apple to measure battery life by wirelessly browsing 25 popular websites with display brightness set to 50%.
By the way, both of these include Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard and iLife 2011. To wrap this up, you may take a look at the comparison table here.
Pricing and Availability
In the US and other countries, prices starts at 999 USD for the 11-inch model with 64GB of storage and 1,199 USD for the one with 128GB of storage. The 13-inch model on the other hand starts at 1,299 USD with 128GB of storage and 1,599 USD for the one with 256GB storage. Both of these new MacBook Air are also available at the Amazon. You may check out the links below:
Philippine Apple Store says that the new MacBook Air line up starts at Php 51,990 for the 64GB and Php 61,990 for the 128GB of the 11-inch model. The 13-inch model has an introductory price of Php 67,990 and Php 83,990 for the 128GB and 256GB, respectively.
So, are you going to buy one? Say something on the comment section below.