Old Windows guy here. My 4 year old Sony Vaio was finally dying due to a known defect to the graphics card, also charger port had broke and the laptop no longer charged easily. Figured it was time to explore something new. I went to Bestbuy to check out the Macs and saw a late 2010 13" open box MBA. I got it for $800 with a free Apple TV. Receipt had the Mac Air for $700 and the Apple TV for $100. I returned the Apple TV, thus ended up paying $700 + tax for the MBA. I brought it over to the Apple store to have it checked out and they indicated that it looked brand new. Even though I think I did well on the price and the system runs great(upgraded to Lion for free) I keep on thinking that I could have gotten an ASUS with a CPU that is two generations newer twice the ram and much larger storage for $200 less. What really bothers me is that I paid $700 for a laptop that has a CPU similar to my recently retired 4 year old Sony Vaio and only 2 gb of memory and 128 gigs of storage. I know the new MBA has the Sandy Bridge, lighted keyboard and a few other odds and ends, but honestly that is almost $600 more then I paid for my open box unit. That can't be worth it, can it? But is it crazy to buy a laptop with such little onboard memory, so little storage space and a 4 year old CPU for $700? BTW, I am not a power user anymore, but I do a little gaming every so often, am a heavy MS Office user, I stream videos, web surf, and do emails. Being an ex Windows developer the specs on this machine is rather disturbing, but I do have to admit that it is currently very snappy. I do like the lightweight and thinness. Also having fun learning a new OS. Screen is outstanding. The touchpad with all of the gestures is simply awesome. Is it true that the SSD is fast enough to simulate RAM without taking a huge hit in performance? If that is the case does it negate any performance issues that having 2 gb of onboard memory might cause?