Re: I can understand
It's a good and fair question.
I actually thought about a range of other options: from a Google Chromebook to a Lenovo ThinkPad.
In the end, I decided I wanted a really good day-to-day laptop with the space (money) to decide on a high-end machine later. Maybe a desktop.
In effect, I punted the issue to two years in the future but because I was buying a new laptop, wanted to be happy with my purchase. And I've always liked the Air.