After reading so many good feedback on the base model Air, I decided to go to Apple store to check it out. Size and weight wise, it's indeed the best travel laptop. However, I have two observations: 1. boot up time: i timed it 31 second, from totally shut down to the dock comes up. 2. i played this youtube video at 1080p: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4N2YWRJ-ppo, and it's very choppy. Turned it down to 720p, it's better, but not totally smooth. 480p is very smooth. (yes there's no point watching 1080p on its small screen, but i just want to see how its video card performs).