Well, grad school is in full swing (which is why I am posting on here) and I have some thoughts on my decision to buy a MBP instead of an AIR. First off, the MBP is a great computer and I have only one complaint. The weight. This wouldn't be that bad if I didn't have to carry around so much other stuff. Thrown in the books, notebooks, and all the other ***** and finding out that my school is HEAVILY into Blackboard and other means of electronic dispersal of information/classes and I am sorta bummed. Loaded up my Timbuk2 bag IS A BRICK. My only disappointment that reaches beyond the issues of machines is that textbooks should be available electronically. There is no excuse I can think of. In fact, it would probably save the companies money, but I digress. 1) I have used my CD-drive all of once 2) Have used more than one USB port once. 3 Now to be fair, I have used the SD card slot quite a bit But all that said, I feel like I caved to the my wife, who is in IT and thinks she knows everything. I felt like I let myself be talked out of what I think I really need and wanted. Sometimes I don't pack my computer and just bring my iPhone and regret it. Other times I pack the BRICK and regret that too. I wimped out and I regret it "a little". I'm fine, I have a great computer, it can take anything and everything I can throw at it and that's nice. Really, it's solid as a rock stability wise. But it doesn't keep me from wondering what life would be like with an AIR instead of a 15" MBP (I decided to REALLY go the other way). Btw, all my classmates look like dorks taking notes on their puny sub-notebooks. They all have furrowed brows from squinting, to say nothing of using all that great software. When I am in the workplace I can't wait to carry nothing but a MBA with a buttonless trackpad and a leather notebook to hold documents that aren't on my machine and that it IT!