Hey Guys, My MBA '11 arrived today, largely due to the advice/feedback I got on these forums, so I thought I would give back and provide some quick first impressions of the machine after some brief use. Some brief but pertinent info about me, and my intended use of the machine: this is my first Apple computer, which I picked up to supplement a 15' PC laptop I use as a media center/gaming device. The intended use of the air is pretty spartan: writing, blogging, light internet browsing (considering never installing flash), occasional skype conversations and itunes. My Specs 2gb ram base processor 128gb hard drive Design Not sure I can say anything more about this that hasn't already been said: this machine is astoundingly beautiful. You have to see it to believe it, and even then nothing really compares to holding it in your hands. It is compact to the point of absurdity, but it achieves this without sacrificing durability. My 15' inch dell laptop is infinitely more fragile to the touch, with more give/flex at all points than the MBA. Mac OSX This is my first real use of OSX, so I thought I'd give a synopsis of what I've noticed so far. First of all, coming from a PC, the whole OS is incredibly intuitive. I could see myself buying a Mac for my parents, whose knowledge of computers is incredibly limited, because, compared to Windows 7, this strikes me as incredibly simple. There is definitely going to be an adjustment phase, but it won't be painful by any means, and I have the feeling that learning OSX from Windows 7 would be a lot easier than going the other way around. First Impressions Incredible trackpad. It was absolutely unbearable to use the trackpad on my PC; this is so useful I don't see myself ever wanting to use a mouse The widescreen and resolution make for an interesting viewing experience. There isn't a whole lot of vertical scrolling room, which could be problematic once I start doing heavy writing, but the text, though small, is incredibly crisp, and a few hours of use produced no strain on my eyes Heat...Uhoh. I skyped for about two consecutive hours, and there was noticeable heat on the underside of the computer. This is my biggest concern so far. It was absolutely stone cold during light web browsing (blogs/wikipedia), but within half an hour of skyping the bottom was hot enough to be uncomfortable on my lap. I have 2gb of RAM, and while I am still confident that that will suffice for my needs, the very first thing I did with the laptop was open iTunes and transfer my music, and it struggled with this immensely, so the point that iTunes crashed and OSX froze. The included software is great. What a difference to not have terrible bloatware pre-installed. iCal looks great, as does iPhoto, and I look forward to using both extensively A lot of talk has been made about the backlit keyboard...and I can't see why. The screen brightness illuminates enough of the keys to make it useable at night. The biggest issue with any keyboard, especially any laptop keyboard, is the quality and depth of the keys, and I am ecstatic with the MBA keyboard. This is my first time using a chiclet keyboard, and the transition has been incredibly easy. Don't anticipate any problems with long typing sessions Lastly, and this really needs to be said, as sturdy as this thing is, I highly recommend purchasing a case. The lid will scratch pretty easily from contact with a zipper or metal button. Thanks again for helping me pick this bad boy out. If anyone has any experience with heat issues (am I the only one who has experienced this level of heat?), I would really appreciate a comment or advice.