Leaning towards the 11" MBA for the wife. (so cute she says). Currently 2 very tempting refurbs available thru Apple. 1. 2011 1.6/4/128 $829 2. 2012 1.7/2/64 $849 *EDIT* this machine also has 4gb RAM, not 2. A $20 difference makes this tough. If it were $150, I wouldn't be posting. I'm pretty sure she'll be fine with the 2011. She does... -regularly leave a bunch of apps open (Word, Excel, iCal, FF, iTunes). More RAM good. -have a 30GB music collection, which is currently stored on our NAS. With the 2011, I could move it back to her machine. More storage good. She does not... -play games -use Facetime -do graphics/3D/video -need USB 3.0 Either machine will blow her original 2008 13" MBA out of the water. As evidenced by the age of her current machine, she does not upgrade often, so the extra RAM and storage of the 2011 are pretty enticing. Am I missing any considerations? I did notice in-store that the 11 screen is considerably less contrasty and saturated than the 13" MBA. I assume this is the nature of the narrower gamut panel. I've read that the Samung panel is preferred...were there Samsung panels in the 2011 models? Thanks.