11 inch vs 13 inch MacBook Air

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11 inch vs 13 inch MacBook Air
Aug 16, 2013

I would appreciate some thougts on this matter, let me explain my situation first.

I have 15" rMBP in home, with 25" IPS monitor for serious editing. In office I am going to have 27" iMac for the same purpose, in addition I also have 24" Dell monitor to be connected to a laptop.

In the past years I have been working with old 15" MBP, which is starting to get dated and will be replaced very soon. I have been toying with an idea of getting MacBook Air for work since I already have rMBP at home (late 2012; 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7, 16 Gb memory / 512 Gb SSD) that I can use if I need to take a workhorse with me on a trip.

So my question is: will I be able to work satisfactory with 11 inch MacBook Air when I am on the move? I kind of think it might be small enough to be thrown in any bag without a second thought. I would use it for standard MS Office applications, email, etc. but also heavy Adobe Lightroom, game development (graphics for HTML5 games mainly), some Photoshop and maybe some video (HD) editing and also for occasional gaming. Remember that I have an external monitor in the office that I can use.

Or should I get 13 inch model instead? I am not sure whether the screen resolution would be enough or not when I would be using it during business trips, for example.

Oh, and I also have 3rd gen Retina iPad with 64 Gb.

I appreciate any feedback on the matter.

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