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    I've read that the macbook air 13 inch has a HDD that is twice as fast as the 11 inch. How does that translate in real life usage? How much slower/faster is that going to be?

    I like the size of the 11 inch, but I don't like the fact that I'm getting a much slower HDD.
    05-06-2015 02:46 AM
  2. Bigeric23's Avatar
    Are you going to be using the computer for anything where a little HDD speed difference will matter? If not, chose your preferable form factor.
    05-06-2015 07:57 AM
  3. bnym1980's Avatar
    Well my question was how little a difference will twice the speed of the 13 inch hdd make to the overall performance and user experience of the computer itself? Is it negligible?

    I won't be using it for photoshop or anything of that sort or video editing. But if it enhances the speed to something very noticeable with the running of apps, etc, then I might consider the 13 inch just for that. Just can't find any research online how double the speed impacts the computer as a whole.
    05-06-2015 10:34 AM
  4. iEd's Avatar
    MacBook Air's have flash storage drives not platter drives there's no speed involved like a 5400 or 7200 rpm of a platter drive.
    Do you mean the speed of the processor?


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    05-06-2015 10:43 AM
  5. bnym1980's Avatar
    I mean the speed of the read and the write to and from the hdd. The reviews all say that the 13 inch has double the speed of read and write to the 11 inch.
    05-06-2015 10:46 AM
  6. iEd's Avatar
    If you aren't using it for any disk intensive processing like video or audio editing it may not be a big deal. I do pro audio editing on a 2014 MacBook Air and it runs great for that.


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    05-06-2015 10:57 AM
  7. bnym1980's Avatar
    Thank you. I think I will go with the 11 inch then
    05-07-2015 07:22 AM
  8. iEd's Avatar
    Thank you. I think I will go with the 11 inch then
    Forgot to say I have the 2014 11 inch MacBook Air.


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    05-07-2015 09:35 AM

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