I'd like to start this topic by saying that I already ordered this machine this afternoon, so I can't really justify this post other than saying it's out of pure geekery. So, I'm a musician by day, a writer by night (speaking of which, I don't feel like proofing this post so I apologize in advance for any typos), and soon to be a student at college somewhere in between that. Two years ago, I bought a specced-out Mac mini (2011) for my studio, did an entire album on that, and it's been and still is an incredible machine. The mini is underrated. I love it. I've also been using an iPad 2 as my portable for the past two years and that's been excellent, too. But I've faced a new problem. I'm going to be away from my studio (and Mac mini) for most of next year while I'm at school. I'm close by (only 35 minutes away), so I will be back and forth, but I need a MacBook for working with Logic Pro, ProTools, Max MSP, and all of that stuff while I'm at school. I'm also working on a project now that involves more electronic music, which means I'll be incorporating a MacBook into my live performances as well. So while I loved the Mac desktop/iPad combo, I need to add a notebook to the workflow. So I decided to buy a new 2013 MacBook Air 11-inch, 1.7GHz Core i7, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and some nice AppleCare. I figured this would be more than powerful enough to take care of Logic Pro projects on the go, some Pixelmator work, and simple PlainText writing work. I didn't need anything more than 128GB of internal storage because I keep all of the heavy files (Logic Pro, iTunes library, iPhoto library) on an external hard drive, but I decided to future-proof and go with 256GB internal anyway. I actually plan to pick up a cheap WD 1TB hard drive for the new machine soon, too. I also plan to get a Dell monitor for when I need the screen real-estate when I have it docked in the dorm. It seemed like the best possible portable for me. I'll be keeping the Mac mini in the studio for my serious studio work, but I needed something with me for when I'm away and doing live shows. I worked all of this out in my head already, but I'm posting just to share and see if it sounds like a good setup.