So, like the most of you I was really confused whether to buy the MBA, (with the flickering screen, overheating issues, missing cd-drive) or just stick to the top Macbook and save some money. I went for the MBA, and I haven't regretted it for a second. So for all the guys who are in the same confusion as I was, here goes my review after 1 month of permanent use. Expectations: I am very hard to please when it comes to technology, I am willing to pay much but then it also has to deliver 100%. I went for a Mac because I'm sick of PCs filled with errors, and an OS that you need to control all the time to get the favorable performance. I also just entered College and needed a small computer, that can handle everyday tasks + more (unlike the Asus eee crap) So main things I'm going to talk about are: A stable machine, Battery life Handling office/homework tasks, Watching HD movies Playing games once in a while. SDD or HDD The Heat This might be the most discussed term concerning the MBA. For me the heat is a minor problem. Compared to my 1-year-old laptop, the heat control is much better. Placing the laptops on your bed sheet while lying down I couldn't even feel the macbook while the PC got me all covered up in sweat in 10 minutes because the heat was uncontrollable. Only when I played HD movies in my bed, the MBA couldn't handle it and used coreshutdown. So overall the heat is no problem unless you don't block the fans while running cpu demanding programs. Office and homework stuff run like a dream, but again a mobile phone can handle these things nowadays. Watching HD movies: This was the most interesting thing for me because I have a lot of HD movies that I want to enjoy on my MBA. The first day I got really disappointed because the players I used were VLC and Quicktime and the playback was really unwatchable due to a low frame-rate. However a guy here redirected me to Plex and now 720p movies run like a dream. The only thing that I'm still a little sad about is that the playback of 1080p movies isn't good enough, since my old PC with 1,5ghz can handle it without problems. Playing games: MBA isn't a gaming machine but it can indeed perform in older games. In my case I tried out WoW, and with reasonable quality and shadow rendering off, it resulted in 30-40fps which is indeed very playable. Newer games like Need for Speed- Pro Street, using a lot of rendering effects and antialiasing won't be playable. Battery time: The battery life really depends on what you are doing...If you are just surfing the net or doing homework you can expect it to last 4-5 hours. However audio and video playback will lower the charge very fast, for instance a HD playback will only give you one and a half hour. SDD vs HDD Again a very famous question. I went for the 1,86ghz 120Gb model and I'm happy with the HDD choice. The main performance difference will be in the loading times, startup and program loading. The startup may be a little slow 45-50 sec, but programs like Safari launch in 2-3 sec which I can't complain about. So IMO the the SDD solution is not worth the money, but if you feel like adding the last bit to your MBA, go on The most amazing thing about the MBA is the trackpad. There's times where I'm not using the keyboard for 10 minutes, because the trackpad can do almost everything next to writing. This really speeds up net surfing and switching between windows. Looking at the rumored problems stated in the beginning I haven't experienced any mistakes. The screen is clean as a crystal and the lack of cd-drive doesn't matter to me. The wireless remote installation of Mac OSX takes 70 minutes, and the only limitation you have is that you can't install windows unless you try with a bootable USB. Conclusion: So here comes the bad/good things: Good Exclusive design, thin and only 1 kg One of the best laptop displays at the market Amazing Trackpad and a beautiful back-lit keyboard Great performance with 720p HD movies Descent performance in games Silent Good heat control in most occasions You'll get everyones attention Bad Low battery time when playing entertainment media Core shutdowns while overheating, making it slow Can't playback 1080p movies like 2nd generation PCs can So imo the Macbook Air is an amazing machine that is extremely underrated and criticized at the market. That's really the thing that made me write this long review, because as a very hard-to-please customer, Im really satisfied with this machine.