Is it worth the money? I say yes. I think the MBA is worth every penny, but ultimately the decision is yours - I just wanted to respond to the previous posts.
MW Perry - Yes, the battery is built in - but, big deal! I travel a lot - and guess what? I have never carried a battery - never! Not even with my 17" Dell that has a battery life of 2.5 hours or less. I carry various power cords - but no extra battery - there are too many places to connect to worry about a spare battery.
So, getting 3.5 - 5 hours of use out of the MBA has been a nice change for me - now I only need to plug in half as much!
MagnumMan - you post a lengthy review and don't even own an MBA - WTF? Are you serious? You use an MBA for half a day or less and write a review on it? Give me a break!
Let me start at your first asterisk - * if your power cord didn't sit flush enough, then you didn't have it plugged in correctly - do you really think Apple would design something like that? Mine works like a charm on any flat surface - AND it even stays plugged in when I am moving around on my couch with the MBA on my lap (which surprised me). *The USB and DVI are behind a door - it is not as flimsy as you say -first, it is a METAL door, second I just tried to pull mine off the hinges with my fingers - and it made my fingers blue - is that flimsy to you? Seems pretty well built to me... In addition, Apple has designed the MBA to be used wirelessly - via WiFi - so the need to even open this door except to get to headphones (which could be wireless via bluetooth) is rare - for me anyways. Use it as it is designed - I didn't even buy a drive with mine - because I use the SuperDrive wirelessly (via WiFi) on my Mac Mini to install software, watch video's etc. *plugging in more than one device - as mentioned earlier - it is designed to be a wireless device. *Photoshop works OK for me - it was slow the first time I started it - but subsequent startups are OK - this is inherent to the way Leopard uses cache and is that way on almost all machines. *I am getting 3.5 - 5 hours out of a charge, depending on use - and I have my power setting on 'performance' - I imagine if I moved my setting up two to 'energy saving', I would see even more time. *I haven't had any problems with my wireless - I have even taken both Dell and MBA to places to see any difference - and the MBA is actually more sensitive (it can see networks the Dell can't). *As mentioned earlier, if you want a SuperDrive buy a different Mac - this one is designed to be used wirelessly. *I haven't played any games on mine, and don't plan on any - I play games on my Xbox 360 - not on my laptop.
MagnumMan, I do agree with your 'up side' - I just don't agree with your 'down side'.
In summary - do I think this laptop is worth the money? Depends on what you are looking for. For me, it has been WELL worth the money. But I was looking for something designed like this. I was looking for a light portable device with good WiFi.
I don't own one, but I've extensively researched it online and "played" with it at BestBuy.
If you need a compact, advanced, wireless laptop then I don't see how you could go wrong here. With VMFusion or Paralells, you can even run Windoze on it without rebooting. This is a sweet piece of technology.