While I think this laptop is better than the MBA, the MBA is still a solid option. It's also an instantly recognizable fashion accessory for many, which is a plus if that's what you like. Also, an unexpected result of not getting the MBA was a ton of fingerprints on my desktop screen. I swear, at least two or three times a day I'll try poking or pinch my monitor thinking its my laptop. Drives me up the friggin wall..