My typical usage: iMovie open Aperture open Safari open with usually 8-10 tabs open So I started out with a new MBP 13i5 in early August. Perfectly fine machine, timing wasn't right so I returned it. Then I remembered the refurb models and got an MBP 13i7. This time I swapped in 8gb of 1333mhz ram. The i7 was a bit snappier but with the 8gb it really flew. Being a refurb it was older so it had the louder Hitachi drive and the screen was yellowish compared to the i5. It also had a screw that wouldn't lock down (I noticed this right out of the box). It also had some odd blackout situation where the screen would go dark. The light was on so it wasn't the computer shutting down. This happened right out of the box and a reboot eliminated it. I swapped in the 8gb and it never happened again. Then in preparation for a visit to the Genius I put in the OEM ram again and a couple of days later the blackout happened again. I returned the refurb. Yesterday I picked up a Macbook Air 13i7. As mentioned by many others the colors are more matte than the Pro screen but the screen is not as reflective. Photography is a big hobby of mine but I don't see the color situation being a big factor. While higher resolution is obviously different in technical terms I would simply classify it as being crisper than the MBP. The lack of a DVD drive is, so far, a non-issue. I'm going to pick up an external drive and mess with it for a few days. I don't expect it to be an issue in the future, especially as I have a PC for any burning duties anyway. The only two drawbacks, both of which were expected; slower render times in iMovie and running out of ram. The SSD speed actually takes care of render time in Aperture. The iMovie situation is about 40% slower, so noticeably slower than the i7. Expected, so not a deal breaker. Now .... the 4gb ram. This may be a deal breaker. Aperture alone takes up lots of jee bees of rams. So far the SSD speed is minimizing the impact of the swap file. But it really would be nice to expand to 8gb. It made for some real speed difference in the MBP. Otherwise great battery life from the MBPi5 and the MBAi7, about equal timing when doing similar tasks. The refurb i7 must have been sitting around for a while. At one point it was down to 96% health (remember these are supposed to be new batteries) after just the first week. I'll give it about 10 more days with this MBA and see. A new laptop is not critical and I'm curious what may come out in the next couple of months, especially if the MBA may soon accept more than 4gb of ram (pure conjecture as I haven't heard any rumors about that) Maybe an MBP i5 again, put in the 8gb, and with an SSD in the future it would really fly.