In less than two weeks I am heading to Japan to teach English as an Assistant Language Teacher at a Junior High School there. I am looking for a good and relatively inexpensive laptop option that is easy to carry with me and that I am able to use media applications on it. I would use it for creating documents and worksheets for students. For editing movies from my camcorder to post on youtube. Editing pictures. Using it online to post on blogs, youtube, forums, and keeping in contact with friends using programs like skype, e-mail, and instant messengers. I would almost definitely get Final Cut Express 4 with it to edit my movies for youtube. I might edit music a little but not to any great extent, same with pictures so the iLife programs would be good enough for that. But since I want to add animations to my videos and really get into that Final Cut Express 4 seems ideal. I do play video games but I have a decent 17" PC laptop that I can use for playing games. It is more of a 'mobile desktop' due to its weight, size, and extreamly short battery life. I would probably leave that at home and travel with my Mac Laptop. I am undecided which to get though if the MacBook Air can do what I need it to I would rather it be small. It is also relatively inexpensive. What features should I upgrade it to and what do I not need? The solid start drive seems like something I could pass on since it is so expensive. I would be carrying the laptop in a backpack as I bike to work everyday. Any insight, thoughts, or opinions would be greatly appreciated.