Reason for choosing the 2012 13" Base model were: Larger display HD4000 for casual gaming Faster SSD (or so I thought) Better battery SD card slot 10% off retail price (Staples Customer Appreciation Sale) $1106Cdn before tax Reason for choosing 2011 11" i7 1.8Ghz 256GB Air were: Smaller form factor (portability) Larger SSD (more comfortably be able to house OSX and Windows 7) Samsung display and Samsung SSD Clearance price $1086Cdn before tax The 13" comes with a Samsung display and a Toshiba SSD. Black Magic benched 460mb/read and 180mb-210mb/write. The 11" comes with a Samsung display and a Samsung SSD. Black Magic benched mid 200s read and write. I thought the larger 13" form factor wouldn't bother me, as having used my sister's much bulkier 13" MacBook Pro, as it was lighter. But the 11" form factor is much more appealing to me than I initially thought. The 11" having both the Samsung display and ssd is definitely pulling me in that direction. I can live without the SD card slot, provided the ssd is large enough. USB 3.0 is not that important to me since I have a portable external Thunderbolt SSD with me. If anything I'll just get a USB card reader if and when I do need to transfer files from my camcorder, no big deal. The only question remaining is how capable the HD3000 is at the games that do matter to me: SF4:AE and NFS:HP. Those are the only two games that I truly care about. Can't believe I am actually leaning towards an older 2011 model than a newer 2012 model. But the older one does seem to fit my needs more. It's just that much more portable for me and that is an important factor. And the pricing is just right.