There are a lot of Pro vs. Air threads, so I apologize for any redundancy. But I'm back on the market for a new laptop again and once again find myself lusting after the Air, but worrying the Pro is what truly need. I know the obvious differences (superdrive vs. no superdrive, SSD vs. HD, screen resolution, etc). But at the end of the day, the guts of each computer seems almost identical to me. I don't intend to do any major upgrading, so whatever Apple's stock 13" specs are in the Pro or Air is what I will take home with me. That said: - Both have the same graphics card (HD4000) - Both have the i5 Intel processer (again, not looking to upgrade specs) - Both start with 4GB of RAM The only listed difference I see under the hood is the 1.8 Ghz processer in the Air vs the 2.5 Ghz in the Pro. Not a huge jump, and honestly, what does that even mean in terms of performance? Everything I read says the Pro clocks faster on paper, but in practice, the SSD of the Air makes it the winner. Another thing I read from Air users is that they always claim they use the Air for video editing, photo editing, even some minor gaming. This is my big concern: I'm a professional animator who uses Maya, MotionBuilder, and occasionally VMWare with Windows. I do some pretty graphics-heavy things, even though I'm not necessarily "rendering" very often (the process that REALLY takes up the computer's power for a time). If the Air is unable to handle Autodesk Maya, then it's a no-sale for me unfortunately. However, if the guts of the Pro and Air seems nearly indentical, and many people swear the Air rocks for video/photo editing and such, then really the only difference is someone who is tied down to the superdrive and/or ultra-large storage space...? The only real way to test is to buy an Air, load Maya, see what happens. Just wondering if anyone has any experience with what I'm talking about, and any further insight! Lastly, in case it matters, I'm coming from an early 2008 MBP 15". Storage is just barely 200GB, 2 GB Ram, and a video card that is pretty outdated in terms of current standards. And on this machine, I've run all the software I've mentioned above including VMWare/Windows. I'm sure I've dealt with some measure of lag (especially with VMWare) that others would find unacceptable, but I've accomplished it all at one point or another. So by that logic, the current 13" Air should be able to handle my needs, no? Thank you in advance!