So like many of you I can’t decide if I should get a MBA. I have serious OCD so I can’t ever make decisions like this without going through 8 million scenarios. If I don’t buy the best machine for the price I want to pay and feel like I got a deal out of it, I freak the f out. So I decided to break this down into an experiment and do my best to figure out the best choice. I went out and bought everything. Here's my impressions. Feel free to follow along on my journey or stop reading now. It’s up to you but I would love to hear feedback, positive and negative. What I do and what I have I am a semi-pro photographer (weekend job) and a technology consultant (week day job) and I travel 95% of the time. I’m all about efficiency so I’m not the type who will spend 3K on a Mac Pro when a 1k MBP can do everything I need. My current setup is a 2010 MBP with 8GB ram hooked up to an ACD when I’m at home. I also have a HP Elitebook that’s my work laptop. Why it works ACD is gorgeous, no direct window light so no reflection problems. MBP screen is perfectly calibrated to ACD and runs all my progs with memory to spare. Why it doesn’t work MBP is heavy and when added to my bag with HP and accessories turns my bag into a 15lb shoulder strain. MBP 2010 is slow. Lightroom extract of 100 pictures takes approximately 5 minutes. CPU completely taxed and ram completely used up. Thought process and 3 process scenarios 11inch MBA replaces 13inch MBP 13inch MBA replaces 13 inch MBP 11inch or 13inch MBA and mac mini replaces 13inch MBP Goal: Get everything that works, fix everything that doesn’t work, spend the least amount of money possible. Scenario 1: 11inch MBA replaces 13 inch MBP Total net cost is $400, $1200 (11inch MBA) - $800 (sold 13inch MBP) Why it works Lighter Fast, lightroom extracts in 1 minute. CPU max, ram usage does not go above 1GB. Why it doesn’t work Keyboard and trackpad slightly cramped 128GB of hard disk may not be enough Ram not upgradable Scenario 2: 13inch MBA replaces 13 inch MBP Total net cost is $450, $1250 (13inch MBA) - $800 (sold 13inch MBP) Why it works Lighter on the shoulder Fast, lightroom extracts in 1 minute. CPU max, ram usage does not go above 1GB. Bigger screen than 11inch makes for a much nicer editing experience on the road Why it doesn’t work Takes up the same amount of space in the bag LCD is washed out 128GB of hard disk may not be enough Scenario 3: 11inch or 13 inch MBA and mac mini replaces 13 inch MBP Total net cost is $1340 or $1390, $1250 (11inch MBA) + $570 (mac mini) + $40 (ram upgrade) + (330 SSD upgrade) - $800 (sold 13inch MBP) Why it works Travel laptop can handle all tasks and editing Mac Mini can handle all tasks at home Speed and room to spare Why it doesn’t work Expensive Way too much power. MBA will be relegated to netbook level of usage. At the end of the day, I haven't decided which scenario to keep but at least I have everything laid out. I am leaning towards 11inch MBA as total replacement. It's the least expensive option and the only sacrifice I make is a less than ideal on the road editing experience. Thoughts? If anyone else is a photographer and have additional suggestions, please let me know.