After months of waiting I finally got the top of the line MBA. 1.8 with SSD at the new reduced price. Plus I got the academic discount. I'm thrilled. The machine is gorgeous and so is OS X. I'm moving over from MS and loving it. The speed is great. Nothing mind blowing, but more than satisfactory. This is my first Core Duo, so it's a happy change. Everything positive that's been said about the machine is true -- and most people have probably already seen it in person so I won't repeat the obvious. It is a work of art. Build quality is superb, including the drop down ports. The screen is heavenly. I don't have any heat or other issues thus far. Fans running at 6200 and the temps around 52-60. It is a little noisy in terms of the fan, but nothing too bad. It does get warm, but nothing burning yet I'm coming from a Toshiba R100, so I'm used to no CD and don't mind any of the drawbacks. Have to figure out how to reduce the install size (I guess Snow Leopard will do that..?) However a couple of things which are odd: the power cord is very short, which limits movement; since the power tip is horizontal rather than a needle shape, the wire tend to go in one direction only. I wish there were dedicated page ups, downs, end buttons and also slightly larger cursor keys. Overall though -- I love this machine. It's incredible. The 3G phone is next! I do worry that they're about to launch a 128 GB SSD and that the MBA 2 will be a much improved product that will cause heartburn but that's life I guess. Am glad I took the plunge. Even more glad I have such a wonderful employer Thanks to everyone at Macrumors -- this is a wonderful website. A huge help. Apple ought to support it. I probably wouldn't have bought it without seeing the user reviews here.