Hey! I got frustrated with waiting for the MBP 13" to be refreshed, soo... I looked into other alternatives. After looking at the specs of MBA 13 and comparing them to MBP 13, I laughed off the idea of buying a MBA. Now, about a month later, I looked up benchmarks comparisons and found that the MBA performs better than the MBP in almost all areas (if not all). Now, another factor that makes me consider the MBA over MBP is the fact that MBP with 128gb SSD will cost like $350 extra (I don't want to mess around with aftermarket stuff, if there is a computer that comes default with it). So ultimately: MBA: - Higher res screen - SSD by default - Thinner - Cheaper (if you add Apple's SSD to the MBP13) - Appears faster, and often is faster than its MBP counterpart MBP: - Stronger CPU - Bigger hard drive, but it's not SSD - Backlit keyboard - More ports, like USB - Longer battery I think the MBA has more of what I need. Now there is a problem. My mom offered to pay for the computer as I have been wanting a computer for years (I am only 16). When I try to mention the idea of the MBA she considers the thing a toy because of how thin it is. Can any of you give me any suggestions to convince her otherwise, or is the thing a toy? (Also, I don't really care for the portability of the MBA, but I guess it's a nice little perk to it) Thanks a lot in advance to everyone who contributes!