I've decided to head back to the Air platform and give my 13" UMB to my lady. I owned the 1.6/80 rev A MBA and loved it and think that it's just time to head back to the T&L world. So I've been doing quite a bit of A/B experimenting at the Apple store to get a feel for just how much better the SSD is than the HD I was used to working with. I made a few notes that were interesting to say the least that I thought I would share here. Boot up was pretty noticeable with the HD taking 57 seconds while the SSD took 30. Opening Excel from boot-up took the HD 29 seconds while the SSD took around 17. Though what was most interesting to me on the Excel test was that once you opened the program, both the HD and the SSD took the same amount of time to open and view documents... even after Excel was shut down from the task manager. For me that is huge because I do a lot of that type of work on my laptop. Shut down was much quicker on the SSD vs the HD, but I did not get a chance to time that exactly. I'm still leaning towards the SSD version, but I have to admit that should we not see any updates to the Air when Apple finally announces the fall lineup, I will have a hard time justifying the extra cash on the solid state solution when (for me) the HD seems pretty serviceable.