Hey guys I currently had a desktop mac and a mbp 2.66 core2duo, I am thinking about getting rid of the mbp for the 11" i7 mba as it stands I rarely use the mbp because of its size and weight. I have read that it actually benchmarks better than my current mbp? (but not quite on graphics i doubt). A little extra info... Use: I plan on using it as a laptop... lol at uni for essay writing, along with some graphic design ie adobe cs5 suite. Most of my actual design work will be done on my desktop but obviously i will need to be productive at times ie a little bit of illustrator photoshop indesign etc when at uni. Know reading the forums as i normally do I am reading two things that are a little concern... 1. the battery life, now i dont expect it to last all day but i would like it to get around what my current mbp gets, (im not 100% sure on stats but i would say a good 3hrs or general use ie youtube facebook and light illustrator) will the mba be ok? 2. the other thing that kinda sticks in my mind is the gradient affect at the bottom of the screen I have used one and one i noticed it on a bit and another not so much... Would any of you that actually own one say that it matters? or is it not really noticeable after a while? It doesnt help that im a a picky perfectionist but that doesn't necessarily mean i would be to bothered if it wasnt top bad as they all have it. Sorry for the long post! but any opinions would be greatly welcomed! thanks in advance.