Well, the 11-inch MacBook Air isn't only the smallest Apple laptop. its also the lighter, and otherwise ostensibly the same thing as its 13-inch brother. And at $999, it’s cheaper to boot — even though its solid-state storage has been doubled to 128GB.
there’s really nothing aesthetically new with the latest Air. The one miniscule change is the same between models: there’s a second microphone on the left edge, designed for noise cancellation. For all intents and purposes the 11-inch model looks the same as always, with black keys and accents on a silver body. Just I still love the wedge design.
The trackpad is still smooth, responsive, and easily the best in its class, but it’s not as good as the larger model just because there’s not as much room to roam. I can’t scroll as quickly or move around the screen in a single swipe anymore, and the whole computer just feels slightly cramped in a way a larger machine doesn’t.
The 11-inch Air weighs 0.6% of a pound less than the 13-inch model, That’s one of its good advantages. really its sole reason for existence — it’s small. And it is small, noticeably more so than the 13-inch Air.
Small is good. But in the time I’ve been using the 11-inch Air, I’ve found a handful of sacrifices you make by choosing the smaller model. The first is an SD card slot, just I hate always needing another dongle. in addition to the USB-to-Ethernet cable and USB hub I already have to carry, because the Air is pretty sparse on ports to begin with.
the screen is 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 display. it is actually slightly sharper than the 1440 x 900, 13.3-inch display on the larger model (135ppi vs. 128), that doesn’t change the fact that the smaller display makes multitasking harder and isn’t as good for watching movies. Plus, both screens start to look old-fashioned next to the super high-res screens on the Sony VAIO Pro, or the MacBook Pro with Retina display, or the Toshiba Kirabook.
battery life is great. I got 10 hours, 23 minutes on the Verge Battery Test, which cycles through popular websites and high-res images at 65 percent brightness, while in Safari. In Chrome, that number was 8 hours, 51 minutes. Both are class-leading numbers.
Performance is otherwise roughly what I expected — very slightly better gaming and graphics performance, and better compatibility with the latest Wi-Fi standards thanks to a small upgrade from Apple. But it's basically identical in everyday use — it's fast and smooth, Since it run the 1.3GHz Core i5 Haswell processor with 4GB of RAM, there’s no obvious difference between Haswell and Ivy Bridge, except for that ridiculous battery life.