Long time PC/laptop user (still have my gaming PC desktop), just bought a 13" July '11 MBA a couple months ago and I'm loving OSX. I loved (and still do) the Air for its supreme portability - I have two young kids (6 months and 2.5 years) and I hardly have 5 mins sometimes to sit in my laz-y-boy and browse the web until I have close up the laptop, put it down, and grab one of my kids to help. My ipad2 was my go-to for awhile for this purpose, but it's limitations are...limiting. I do enjoy a bit of pc gaming every once in awhile after the kids have gone to bed, so it'd be nice to be able to do that downstairs in the family room while sitting with my wife instead of having to retreat to my office. Obviously, the Air just doesn't quite cut the mustard with gaming, even on modest settings. With that long preamble, a couple questions (particularly from someone who has owned): 1. How would you compare the 13" air to the 15" pro in terms of heat output, fan noise, and battery life. Yes, I've looked up the reviews, but real world experience is nice to know. 2. I'd be planning on buying the 15" Pro model with 1680x1050 high res, matte display, and 750 GB hard drive, which looks to run about $2250 from apple. This kind of begs the question - why not go for the baseline 17"? It's not much bigger on the outside, only costs another $100 or so from amazon, and gives me even more desktop to play with (1920x1200)... It also has 3. One of the most important - on account of the usage I talked about above, I tend to quickly just shut my laptop and put it down, only to open it up again later (sometimes days later), so it rarely gets shut off. The Air is great for this, advertising the 30 days of standby mode, but I find this a little disingenuous because as a result, it kills the instant on. It's more like "on in 10 seconds" if it's been in standby for more than 1 hour and off the power cord. My question is, would I be able to get similar instant standby/instant on performance if I replaced the HDD in the Pro with an aftermarket SSD? 4. Anyone have any first hand experience gaming with the 15" or 17" Pro with Radeon 6770M in windows boot camp? Sorry this is lengthy, I really appreciate your assistance.