I know there are plenty of these threads on these forums but I have a specific question about my situation. I have an early 2011 13" Macbook Pro (2.3 ghz i5 with 8gb RAM) that I am considering trading for a mid 2011 11" Air (i5, 128gb SSD, 4gb RAM). I was looking more for a 13" Air but someone offered their 11" Air in mint condition. I bought my MBPro originally for grad school (pharmacy) but for class it is used for viewing documents, watching lectures online, short papers. But I do use Aperture for photos and I was using Premiere and Final Cut Pro for video editing (side projects, not school related). The video editing has gone back to my Win7 desktop (at home and what I use mostly during the summer and on weekends when home) because of the hard drive space and more power obviously but on a rare occasion I can use the MBpro for editing. I know that if the MBPro was going to be my primary editor I would just go with a 15" MBPro. I always have an outlet to use so battery life is never really an issue there. The biggest advantage to me for the 11" air is the portability because I am constantly moving around with my laptop and going to and from class, as well as driving home. I also connect my laptop to a monitor as well (an 11" air may "force" me to get a 27" =D). The 13" Air seems appealing because of the SD card slot and higher resolution, but I doubt I can get a trade for one. The size of the 11" may just be more portable. I am going to go to a store and see if I can adjust to the different screen size. I also have an iPad (3rd gen) if that helps at all. I have different uses for the iPad so it is not a laptop replacement for me. Storage isn't an issue for the Air because I will use an external drive for storage of photos, videos, music, etc. I have only filled maybe 80 gbs of the OEM 320gb drive on the Pro anyway (not using an external HDD). I could keep the MBPro and upgrade to an SSD and swap the disc drive for the HDD. I think it's just the portability of the 11" that appeals to me. I made this long post because I just want to know if anyone has done the same switch. Has the power difference really affected you? I have looked at benchmarks already as well but want to know real world usage. I can adjust to the battery life and I will try one out at the store to get a feel for the different real estate. I originally didn't buy the Air because I felt I needed more power. But I really only edited 2-3 3 minute videos total on the MBPro because they needed to be done away from home whereas everything else was done on the desktop. When I do take photos, the MBPro gets the use because of Aperture. Other than that it is simple tasks on the laptop with the extent being watching movies/shows on it. Games are delegated to the desktop, never played on the laptop. I am learning to use Xcode now but only use it when connected to an external monitor anyway. Sorry for the long post! Cliffs: Deciding between trading between early 2011 13" MBpro for mid 2011 11" Air. Used primarily for school, occasional Aperture use and light video editing in emergency. But use desktop mostly for videos. Also connect to external monitor and will connect more if have an 11". Just want to know if the power differences have affected anyone in this situation.