Hi I have extensively used various 11" and 13" MBA with both Toshiba and Samsung SSD and LG and Samsung Display - my company buys in bulk for employees. Following is the summary of analysis (mostly inline with what AnandTech says): 1. Samsung SSD is faster than Toshiba, but you wont notice it in day to day use - so dont worry. 2. LG Display is pretty good, but Samsung has slightly better viewing angles so its more convenient if you dont want to keep adjusting so that the view is perpendicular. 3. If you are considering using MBA on your Lap, it might not be a good idea to get the 11.6" because you need to crane your neck a lot (unless you have a < 5'2" frame) 4. If you are getting 11.6 - LG will be more of a disadvantage because its more difficult to keep the perpendicular angle. 5. MBA works fine with Apple Cinema Display. When you see perceived lag at UI actions - this is because of issues with Apple's implementation of Animations and hopefully they will fix it soon - or we will find ways to disable these animations. Till then I am avoiding using swipe actions to switch desktop and instead not using full screen mode and using ^-key_num and Alt-Tab to switch to Desktops and applications. 6. If you use MBA in clamshell mode its tends to get hotter but gets a little bit more performance. But given that Lion feels slow not because of hardware constraints but because they did not optimize the animations and the OS at this stage - do not expect clamshell to give much better performance. If we had an option to install Snow Leopard on the new MBA, we would have found everything to be much much faster. I have this helps dispel some of the queries that people have. Just my thoughts. And just to add to this: i7 is not hotter and doesn't impact the battery life if not used under load. I would say if possible get the i7. In normal browsing use either on 11.6 or 13.3 I did not get hot. However the 11.6 did get a bit hot after half an hour of skype session.