I got my 1.3 on Monday, and now that I've gotten it set up and used it... I love it! Love the keyboard, the screen is beautiful, trackpad is fine. I haven't tried any of the other models for comparison, but this 1.3 has been plenty fast. Even after installing and using Lightroom and Dreamweaver, it hasn't gotten notably warm, and the performance seems a bit faster than my '13 MBA i7 1.7. The slimness and light weight were really important to me, and for those I was willing to sacrifice some performance. For my purposes (writing, browsing, RAW file photo editing, some light video editing) this machine is very capable and doesn't feel like a compromise so far (even compared to the new MBP I use at work.) If I did heavy video editing every day, or if I were a gamer, I would go with a MBP. But for what I need, the MacBook exceeds my expectations. The only thing I really don't like so far is the lack of MagSafe. I liked the safety of it, but even more than that I find it hard (and annoying) to try to find the USB-C port in the dark/by touch, which was very easy with the MagSafe!