Posted 25 July 2012 - 03:10 PM
Well, call me fickle, and my apologies to anyone who might feel I've led them astray [and my apologies for the singular they], but I've changed my mind.
After having the 11" MacBook Air for almost an entire year, I've decided the screen is simply too small for my needs. I've got a 15" MacBook Pro on order.
If you followed this thread from the beginning, you might remember that I was so taken with the small size and portability of the iPad, I wanted a much smaller Mac, too. So last summer, I traded in my 15" MBP for the 11.6" MBA. I figured that with an external monitor on both my home and office desks, the small screen wouldn't be a negative issue. Well, it actually is a problem at times.
The reality is that there are simply too many times when I need or want to use the laptop simply by itself. Sometimes that means I need to work in a setting where I'm not at either desk, or sometimes I just want to work from the recliner in the living room! And although I admit it quite begrudgingly, my 44-year-old eyes need something larger than 11.6" for grading a half-dozen papers or so at a time in one sitting.
But there's a bigger issue. And I already know that some will disagree with what I'm about to say--and that's okay. If you disagree, just wave your hand toward your computer screen of whatever size you have and say, "Well, that's his opinion."
Here it is: I don't like using Accordance on an 11.6" screen.
Now, let me be clear: that's not a knock against Accordance. I really think this would be true for any Bible software program--Logos, BibleWorks, WORDsearch, and the rest. I simply use Accordance the most.
One of the values of any of these modern Bible programs (for my purposes) is to have multiple texts arranged together on the screen. I found that I had to limit Accordance to four windows for it to be usable on an 11.6" screen. Not only did I feel restricted by this, I found myself constantly having to expand one window in front of the others to do what I needed to do.
For what it's worth, Accordance has been marvelously developed to accommodate itself to users with the smallest of Apple's laptop screens. I simply miss the freedom I had with the larger screen.
These issues and the fact that I'm down to about 10 GB of free space on the 256 GB SSD in my MBA (I already carry an additional 1 TB external drive) made me realize that I had to do something. Normally, I'll buy the extended AppleCare warranty near the end of a laptop's first year of use. I bought the 11.6" MBA on August 12, 2011, so that deadline is running out. Did I want to spend another $200 on a machine I wasn't happy with? Also, with the hard drive issue, I was probably going to have to shell out $750 to OWC to get their 480 GB replacement SSD drive. I really wasn't keen on this either.
The question is--what size to get? The 17" is no longer a strong option because they've been discontinued. Yes, there are some in Apple's refurb store, but I had a 17" PowerBook at one time, and that added weight can really make a shoulder sore when carried for any significant length of time. A 13" MBP would probably be fine, but then over the weekend, the fellow whom I sold my 15" MBP to last year came over for me to help him with some photos. As I looked at my previous Mac, wondering why I ever gave it up to begin with (It's still a very functional machine!), I thought about how nice that 15" screen looked.
That was the deciding factor. I've got a 15" MBP on the way, and I've also already put in my order for a new 15" School of Athens skin from Skinit.com.
And if you know anyone in the market for a gently used 2011 11.6" MacBook Air, let me know.