I need opinions! I am planning on upgrading my 4.5 year old 13" MacBook in a couple of weeks, when passing through a state that has much better tax rates than California. My plan was to get the lowest tier MacBook Pro for $1099 (student discount). But with the reports that the 13" MBA performance rivals the 17" MBP, I'm conflicted. I think an 11" MBA would be too small for my main computer, but the 13" MBA costs $1249 after student discount. So, do I get: 1.) an 11" MacBook Air for $949, and deal with a smaller screen, but know that I got a good deal and have the latest and greatest 2.) a 13" MacBook Air for $1249, knowing that I'm getting the latest update 3.) a 13" MacBook Pro for $1099, knowing that it will probably be updated in a few months, and mine won't support Internet Recovery Also, do the benchmarks apply to the 11" model, too? Are there any differences in performance? Notable facts: I rarely ever use my optical drive, so an external won't be the worst thing in the world (though it occurs to me that I should at least have one to bring on my international flight in a few weeks, so I can watch DVDs). A big hard drive isn't the biggest deal in the world to me. 64 GB seems really small, but I have external hard drives that I can use. Money is important, but this will be tacked on to student loans, anyway, so I can take the $150 hit, if it makes sense to do so. Battery life is important, making the 13" MBA look even more attractive than the 11".