"Owned a MBAir for 4 months. It is Outstanding."4.0 starson by gregorysreid
Pros: Thin and light. Powerful (relatively so). Great battery life. Nice form. Sturdy. It just works...all of the time.
Cons: Dongle required for ethernet. DVD player doesn't work that well. VMWare a bit slower. Sometimes I forget that its there.
Summary: I have owned the MBAir for about 4 months and would buy it again. I came from a MBPro 13" that was also a sweet machine. I travel all the time and the reduction in weight was a key decision point for me. The MBPro 13" is a great machine, but heavier. The Air is well, like air. I have panicked countless times thinking that I have left my MBAir on a table at the airport because my briefcase is so light, only to find it tucked safely away after a frantic search. It's that light! I am an executive so I don't do development nor do I game. I can't speak to those specific user requirements.
o It's light (already mentioned)
o It really is a laptop computer. You don't even know its there.
o The battery life is at least 6 hours, perhaps a bit more. And it charges FAST.
o The screen is outstanding! Much better than the old MBPro 13" and even the NEW MBPro just released. Video plays well on both the internal screen and the external screen at the same time. Note: I don't 'game' so I can't speak to that requirement.
o It reboots in like 20 seconds, including typing in your password. Amazing.
o It is FAST. It does have the older Core 2 Duo. But the processor is rarely the bottleneck. It's the hard drive...but it doesn't have a physical hard drive, it has a memory hard drive. Bottleneck removed!
o The thing just always works, like any other Mac, I guess.
Room for improvement:
o Need for an ethernet dongle. PITA!
o Hard drive is relatively small. (But fast... real fast)
o No internal DVD. I know that's why its so small but the external one that you buy with it doesn't work nearly as reliably as my old MBPro's did.
o I do miss the backlit keyboard. Not sure why they didn't do this.
o When running VMware, it is a bit slower (but not bad) than my old MBPro 13". I guess VMWare is a bit more CPU intensive. (but VMWare starts much more quickly)
o You can only get 4 GB of RAM.
I would buy it again in a heartbeat. I was expecting some buyers remorse when the new MBPro's were released last week, but even the new MBpro 13" doesn't have a high res screen of the MBAir and it's video capability is less than my MBAir. Buyers remorse removed! This thing is fast even with a slower processor because of the solid state hard drive. If you're a 'moderate' user (e.g. non-developer, non-game, non-power freak) this is an outstanding machine. And VMWare still does ok on it; I use it daily w/o issues.