Although I purchased a Macbook for my needs weeks ago, I recently went to Best Buy for some non-computer related stuff and they finally had a MBA out in their small Apple section. I couldn't resist walking over and checking it out. I have the say it looks much nicer in person. The screen looked great and I opened and closed some apps and it seems snappy. I picked it up as much as I could and it felt very sturdy and solid and not like it was going to bend or anything. As I was manhandling it, I noticed it was very forgiving with fingerprints, reminding me of those special surfaces used on appliances to reduce fingerprints. The metal construction feels thick and has a different feel than the MBP's. It's more like the metal used on the iPod Classic (silver). It has a slight metallic look to it. The keyboard and everything felt nice as expected (like the macbook) and the screen was slightly brighter than the Blackbook sitting next to it, but I wouldn't say it was leaps and bounds better, just a little brighter maybe. I also noticed the F5/F6? keys had a new icon on them, pressing it brought up an on-screen icon but I wasn't sure what it was. All in all it was very nice and I'd love to get it but I really wanted an internal superdrive and expandible RAM, better HD, ports, so that's why I went for the Macbook. It's a sexy machine and I can't wait to see how it matures over the next few years as all Apple products do.