Pros size and form factor
incredibly quick from start up to working
love the track pad and once I figured out that the use of two fingers was the same as a right click button, I was off to the races
Cons battery life, particularly when using wi fi
accessories, like car/airline charger are expensive
Summary I have been a dedicated PC person since the mid '80s while my wife and kids have been Mac fanatics. I needed a new lightweight laptop for business travel as my Sony Viao Z (< 3lbs with optical drive) was starting to show its age. I was researching the new ultra books and the vast majority of reviews used the Air as the benchmark, and it kept coming out on top. I have had a lot of exposure to Macs (and other Apple equipment and devices) because that is what my family uses; in short, the user experience and reliability problems (particularly with our iMac and Airport) has not left a good impression.
However this Air has been fantastic (it is fully loaded). Its primary use is for business travel, so primary programs used are Outlook plus Excel, Word and Powerpoint editing, web surfing, video calls, and occasionally Netflix.
Pros Amazing display in all lighting conditions
SSD Storage for speedy and quiet opperation
intel i5 for good performance with Turbo Boost
Excellent tactile keyboard with backlighting for use in darkened conditions
Good battery life 7Hrs
Cons The loss of a dedicated Graphics Processor means it doesn't run SIMS for my daughter with quite the graphics capability of her white MacBook.
Summary It's amazining!
If you don't need massive storage on the Notebook (using NAS at home or tower PC/Mac) then go for the AIr over the Pro unless your a heavy Laptop Gamer.
Got myself a 13" MacBook Air for Xmas to help with my MSc Studies and as the daughter has a MacBook at her mum's she can use the MacBook Air at my house and utilise the CLOUD to continue with homework etc. Absolutely loving this MacBook AIr!!!! I've got PAGES etc so I can start drafting assignments on my iPAD and continue their development on my MacBook. I've added the full Office Suit for more sofisticated work particularly using EXCEL for my MSC Project analysis. And the App Store is great to download additional app and games etc And you know everything off the App Store is SAFE as its all been approved by Apple themselves. Oh and the 13" Display is superb in any lighting conditions and for use in the dark the backlit keyboard makes this the most usable Laptop/Notebook money can buy.
Pros -Lion OS.
Cons -Camera is not 720p
Pros Small, super-fast little machine that does just about everything you want it. Great for travel .
Cons You can get an iMac or 13 inch macbook pro for the price of the higher end 11 inch.
Summary I had the original Macbook Air since July 2008 and loved it. The only complaints I had was it was difficult to use on an airplane and the battery life was terrible. The new size and battery solves those problems.
Pros Very thin.
Cons Missing an awful lot of hardware, not that fast for the price.
Summary This isn't even close to the fastest ultraportable cnet has ever tested, as they've tested the Alienware m11x r3, which offers both faster processors and a MUCH faster GPU.