Yesterday I finally had the opportunity to see a 2011 MBA 11 at a local Apple retailer. Unfortunately, there was not a 13 MBA demonstration model available, so I placed the MBA 11 next to a 13 MBP so I could more easily compare the displays. Initially I spent all my time on the MBA 11. Fortunately, it was around dinner time so I could do my thing undisturbed. One of the store employees was helpful and knowledgeable, being a long-time user of Macs. But the store employees left me alone, so I was able to use the MBA 11 for around 1.5 hours. I wear reading glasses when using a computer. They are prescription glasses, optimized for the typical distance between ones eyes and a display, between 2-3 feet. Typical reading glasses, like the readers in stores with basic diopter correction, are better between 1-2 feet, which is a normal reading distance. The MBA 11 was set at its native resolution of 1366 X 768, while the MBP 13 was set at its native resolution of 1280 X 800. Compared to the MBP glare on the MBA was minimal and I was able to eliminate it almost completely by slightly changing the angle of the display without affecting the color and contrast. I worked on the MBA at full brightness and -3 bars; below that it simply was too dark for my taste. My initial impression of the 11 was that it was difficult for me to focus on the display and type was not very clear, even though I did not find it to be too small. The MBP type was only slightly larger, but its display was easier to focus on. I did myriad tasks on the MBA, but spent most of my time in Safari, using Web sites that I am familiar with such as The New York Times and MacRumors. I zoomed in and out, using the multi-finger gestures for the first time. Very ! (I use Leopard and Snow Leopard on my iMac and 15 pre-unibody matte screen MBP.) To make a long story short, within 15-30 minutes I had developed a nice little headache. My eyes had adjusted to the small display, but something about it was obviously causing eyestrain. I didnt have the terminal prompt available to discover which display was installed in the MBA (I could not locate it on MacRumors). But I did go to http://www.techmind.org/lcd/crosstalk2.html and the the display exhibited considerable flickering. I did not see any flickering at crosstalk 1, 3 and 4. I assume that this means that I was viewing an LG display. I pointed out my problem to the helpful Mac user-employee and he suggested setting the MBA at 1280 X 720 to see how it worked for me. It did help with the readability of type, without reducing the displays viewable area too much for my taste. Im no stranger to small portable Mac screens: I have owned 12 G3 and G4 iBooks. The G4 iBook was my primary Mac for four years and I never had a problem with its display. I used it for many hours every day. My current MBP 15 is a great display, natch, so I have never had an issue using it. The only time that I have experienced any kind of eyestrain using a Mac was back in my CRT days when I had a very good Sony MultiSync monitor. But even then I did not develop headaches... So here is my dilemma: I really like the form-factor of the 11 MBA and 13 MBA, but from my experience with the 11 MBA it would appear that I am simply SOOL when it comes to that model, and from what I have read elsewhere on this forum, the 13 MBA is probably also out of the running Is it the relatively high resolutions of the displays that cause this problem for some people, or is there some other factor that might be somehow mitigated? Or should I simply give up on the current MBA and concentrate on the 13 MBP? (I would probably have Tech Restore install a matte display in a new MBP.) Am I likely to run into a similar problem with a 13 MBP display? I am not well-versed when it comes to the current offerings when it comes to the 13 and 15 MBPs. And I am looking for something smaller than my 15 MBP. Tech Restore is planning on introducing an anti-glare display replacement for the 2010/2011 MBAs, but if it is priced similar to its current MBA replacement displays ($329 for the 13 MBA), I dont know if I could justify the cost, assuming a matte display would solve my problem. If my eyestrain is due to the small, high resolution displays in the MBA, it may not change anything I would appreciate feedback from folks with more knowledge and experience with the current portable Mac displays.