looks? Aren't you one of the many who complain about the "racoon" look, which the air lacks?
And the macbook air is meant to be a portable type-writer. Its not lacking power unless you bought it for the wrong reasons.
Do you have a source?
I suspect you are correct, but it would be an interesting study.
I think I remember a big study about how people walked by an apple store and it "sucked them in" more than other stores or something.