About four weeks ago, my 15 inch Macbook Pro (2.7 ghz i7 Matte, Hi-res) laptop decided it was time to evacuate the planet. I've owned many Apple products over the years and at the time I owned an iPad air 2, an iPhone 6 plus, and the above described machine. In need of a computer that actually worked, I went to Craigslist and found someone who had decided they loathed their new Macbook (SG, 1.3 Ghz, 8 GB Ram, 512 SSD) and was looking to sell for 10,000 HKD. In Hong Kong this effectively was the cost of purchasing a new MacBook Air. Given the item was barely used and my lust for a new shiny Apple product was kicking in with full force, I bought it. I sold my old laptop for parts and the iPad air 2 to absorb the cost of this experiment/splurge Previous to this machine I had never owned a Macbook Air but I had really begun to notice how much I was personally bothered with carrying around a 15 inch laptop when I barely tapped it's performance power. Thus the idea of getting something more mobile became a motivating factor in my search for a replacement. What I use my computer for: Almost everything I do is based in working with web tools, Notes, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Preview for converting photos, and I stream a lot of television with my Indian takeout. Photo editing is limited to the Photos app, I leave sound production to Skrillex, and I do not use this machine for any type of coding. Generally speaking I have Safari and Firefox open with about 8 tabs per window open, I run a VPN with Firefox, and have Skype, E-mail, Calendar, and iTunes Open. Things that I like: I have been very pleased with the performance so far. Core M had me a bit nervous but it has met my expectations. I will say that using HandBrake to convert video is an absolute time funnel so anything particularly CPU bound will obviously - as expected - move at a glacial pace. It took about an hour to convert Thor: the Dark World in Blu-Ray (about 2.8 GB) to Mp4 from Mkv. This was not a surprise - I was just somewhat spoiled by my last machine's proficiency in this area. The battery life has exceeded my expectations in almost all cases. I have no problem reaching 8-10 hours on normal usage with the above described activities. The MacBook CAN BE CHARGED BY AN EXTERNAL BATTERY! This has been huge breakthrough for me. I am sloppy about charging my devices and have a Xiaomi 16,000 Mah battery with me at all times. The fact that I can charge my laptop with this should I forget to plug it in the night before is a revelation. The display is gorgeous, clear, and a huge upgrade from what I was working with previously. I do not miss the extra screen real estate. The machine is incredibly mobile. I use the same man purse I used with my iPad and I haven't noticed a difference in how it feels to be constantly walking around with a laptop over a tablet It looks really good - which when you're paying for a premium product - the looks matter. (Oddly, the MacBook label is back at the bottom of the display. Can't figure out why Apple added this back as it somewhat distracts from the clean lines of the device). I really enjoy the new trackpad and use force touch when browsing frequently to call up a preview window. Not a lot to say here - I think it's a great trackpad. Things that piss me off: The bottom edge along the trackpad will scuff if you breathe too loudly. I am used to handling my iPhone like a newborn with brittle bone syndrome but I was not expecting the same with my laptop. I am not sure if this is 1.3 Ghz limited, but the device can get very hot at the bottom. I know the device relies heavily (entirely) on passive cooling, so this isn't a surprise that it gets hot. What has surprised me is how hot it gets. Things I've noticed, didn't expect, and am not sure how I feel about: The Keyboard is very easy to type on once you get into a groove. It reminds me of typing on the iPad - you have to trust yourself a bit with it. The problem is that whenever you switch to any other keyboard, you have to adjust back. And then when you switch back to the MacBook, one needs to adjust again. This is probably a personal quirk. While the device is no slouch it performs noticeably better when plugged into an outlet OR an external battery. When I say noticeably better I mean that quite literally. I can see a visual difference. Handbrake conversion queue times go down, lag between switching full screen apps decreases, etc. Based on the reviews I have read - apparently only having one port is an issue. It hasn't been for me and I've never thought about it or really even noticed. I connect all of my devices wirelessly and move my photos from my Nikon onto my phone via lightning to SD Card and then place them in iCloud. I can see others being upset if they need to change their workflow - this however was not my experience. Overall: I am very satisfied with my purchase and given my current needs I think the MacBook hits all the marks well enough and then some. I think folks need to consider their needs before purchasing. If you need an SUV, you shouldn't buy a Prius. I will say that I haven't missed that iPad yet, and it's really amazing having a machine that runs OS X with this level of portability. We will see how the device ages but for the moment, the battery life, performance, mobility, and user experience have all been exactly what I was looking for in my next device.