The Air remains one of my favorite laptops. So I thought it would be interesting to test it against the new kid on the block in the 2016 13" MacBook Pro with Touchbar. SCREEN Duh! The Pro screen looks easily better than my Air as we'd expect. But that's a side-by-side comparison. In actual use the Air screen is very good and I even use it for light photo work. If you're a writer or not in need of top notch color, the Air screen is really very good. MBP for the win in any case. SPEAKERS I have NEVER heard a laptop with great sound. I've heard them with tolerable sound and the new MBP sits atop the heap with some reasonable fidelity in such a thin case. But again, the Air is just fine and it's not like one can be used to cut a new single and the other can't. MBP for the win, but if you care about audio, buy headphones or real speakers. KEYBOARD It's time to stop the insanity. Previous Mac keyboards were mushy and key wobble was absurd for such a premium product. But when people make a mental decision to dislike a feature, they will often reject it ongoing. I've done this myself with certain features and products. And so...there's no question that the 2nd gen. keyboard on the Mac Pro is higher quality and better engineered, but that won't mean everyone will adapt overnight. MBP for the win in the long run. SPEED You all know the answer on this one. The new MBP is fast. In fact it can beat higher spec systems due to the fast SSD and excellent OS. It clobbers the Air, but that doesn't make the Air "slow." If you don't do heavy video and PP photo work, the Air is very quick. So...MBP for the win, but ONLY if you need it. HANDLING/BUILD Someone will yell at me, but in spite of the MBP being smaller, the Air STILL feels thinner and lighter to me. It's also a better fit on my lap. The tapered case of the Air is likely part of that feeling and the MBP is like a thin brick and less elegant. There's no question that the MBP is incredibly well build and the Air feels almost flimsy by comparison. Air for the win on lap work, MBP for the build quality. BATTERY Ah, yes! Here's the one you've been waiting for. But you already know the answer. With some messing around and care about settings (brightness down, unused apps closed, BT off), you can get 8-10 hours out of the 13" tMBP, but 6-7 is going to be more typical. That's about what my 2015 rMBP does with a 15" screen,. but that's not entirely fair because it's battery has been through a lot of cycles already. Even after a LOT of cycles, the Air EASILY hits 10 hours, making it the laptop to be stranded on a island with. I don't know who needs more than 4 hours of battery these days, but if you do, the Air is the champ....unless....Because of the USB-C charging, the new MBP can grab juice from a external pack. These are on the market and I already saw one that even adds standard USB ports and matches the MBP for just 150.00. Pretty slick if you really do need independent power for 15 hours. But this is a fight over INTERNAL batteries, so it's the Air for the big win! SUMMARY I still love the Air. I don't even need it, but I haven't accepted the idea of selling it or handing it down. It's still very slick and comfortable to use. Yeah, my new tMBP is better at just about everything, but just because my friends Lambo is faster than my Hellcat doesn't mean my car is slow. And that's what we have for the Air because it's still very viable. The only issue is that, in maxed out configuration it costs just 250 bucks less than the superior tMBP. I'd say the screen alone is worth the extra cash. So...MBP for the overall win with a special place in my heart for the Air. ❤️ R.