"What you want to get work done & don't watch DVDs"4.0 starson by Roald-
Pros: Excellent to get work done while on the road and saves your back. Not for people working with lots of large files (or games or DVDs). Go for 64 SSD version and you'll enjoy a very quiet machine that does not fry your lap and saves your energy + back.
Cons: It was very expensive to get the ssd version.
Summary: This is jackpot as far as I am concerned. I am an academic who works on music and cinema and travels a lot. I need to have something very light to browse the web, and get my writing done. This machine is superlight, very quiet, and fast. And it doesn't get very hot at all (I have the ssd version; despite the hefty extra cost I think it is worth it, because it does not get very hot at all - unlike the normal drive one, I think - is a bit faster, and is super-silent (stealth!), so you can have it on your lap for ages. And so far I have only needed an external drive a few times, just to upload Word and Keynote through another mac. That was easy enough. I suppose it could do with an extra port or two, but the additional peripherals which I bought since (for keynote presentations, and to use a wired adsl line) were not that pricey, and are small and light enough to carry around with it. Mind you: in hotels they sometimes have a female port for adsl connections, so you'd need an extension cable for those things anyway. And do I need to play CDs/DVDs while traveling? No, I actually rarely do. I now just use Handbrake (freeware) to rip DVDs which I then take with me, in case I get bored, and of course I download MP3s mostly. The screen is good, and so is - remarkably enough - the sound. But bottom line is this: it is light, fairly sturdy, and fast, and all those people complaining about battery issues and wanting a DVD drive etc. probably don't actually do a lot of writing. I haven't measured this, but my battery runs for at least 4 or 5 hours when I write and use the Internet a lot. That's not terribly much, but enough since after all, would 6 or 7 hours make that much more difference? No, you'd still have to keep an eye on it, and plug it in a power socket regularly. If you want to fiddle around with things more and basically replace your desktop, this is NOT the machine to go for, but I have a good desktop at home, and needed something light to help me get work done and not ruin my back when traveling. This is it.