When they released the MacBook Air in 2008 it was a beautiful machine that merged the ultra portability of a netbook and the power and the ergonomics of a normal notebook and created a whole new product category. But the price point and the price-performance ratio made the macbook air just interesting for people who see the mobility as their highest priority and have the money to pay a exclusive price for it. It was hard to find a good reason to pay 600$ more just to get a much slower crippled macbook pro in a more beautiful thin design. You can say the MacBook Air was a pure luxus investment, focused on a niche market. This changed a bit after the release of the MacBook Air in Oktober 2010. Suddenly there were two versions available 11" and 13" all equipped with SSDs that made the start-up time, sleep/awake and the overall perceived OSX perfomance super fast, first benchmarks showed that the MacBook Air didn't have to hide anymore in case of perfomance in compare to the MacBook Pro, the Speedmark test showed the Pro and the Air nearly on one level and the Air even got a better perfomance in games due to the better GPU. Besides the better perfomance, the Macbook Air got a lot cheaper over the years and a lot more attractive to more people. The Air transformed from a niche product to the best selling mac ever with up to 400% more shipments than last quarter. And It doesnt stop here, many users will probably still say that the price-performance ratio in compare to the MacBook Pro is still not that good, you still get more for your money when you buy the macbook pro, you just have to look at the specs and compare them to see how better the MacBook Pro look, so what makes the Air so interesting? You have to see and work on one yourself to clearly see the difference and understand the whole beauty of this machine. It's the whole experience that makes the difference, the form factor makes it not feel like a notebook and more like a tablet for productivity with a keyboard. the SSD makes the applications feels snappier and the whole workflow is more fluid. With Lion, Osx will even feel more like a touch OS. the text on the display is crisply sharp, everything just feels more futuristic. It's the edge of what apple wants to achieve with their computers, it's the best mac experience you can get. It's the harmony of the most beautiful hardware design of a computer combined with the best software experience you can get today, this amazingness not just makes your time spending with the computer a pleasure, it motivates you to come back and work on it, the ultra portability makes you want it to take it everywhere, it's the start of a whole new generation of computing. But it still lacks the power when it comes to CPU haevy applications to be a full-workstation computer to many users, I think this will change with the next update when Apple starts using the new Intel CPUs. They will take the Macbook Air to the next step, it evolved from a crippled and overpriced beauty to an ultra portable affordable full-workstation computer, that fits the need of most of the people. We can probably expect an Intel Core i7-2677M 1.7 Ghz CPU that can run up to 2.8 Ghz with the Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 that will give you the perfomance you need, when you really need it. So why am I writing all this? I never owned a mac, I use a self-build hackintosh since many years and I need a laptop for university now. I couldn't decide to get a Macbook Pro or an Air, but now I know the Air will be my first mac and I'm already in love with it, and can't wait to have the next version, hopefully it will be available in black! and btw it was a pleasure to write this text.