Let me start off with a little background. I will be attending Auburn University in the fall and probably major in Engineering. I'm sure this will require a Ubuntu or Bootcamp or something to be able to load windows programs. I am looking for an upgrade that will improve performance for school, even though I know it will only be a small upgrade (I think??). The 2009 macbook pro I have now is still pretty fast, but I figure with the iPod deal (selling it) and free printer and selling the old Macbook I could probably get the 2011 Macbook Pro for pretty cheap. I have looked around google but can't find a site that has benchmarks directly comparing the two. Anyone with good knowledge of these laptops have an opinion? I was first considering upgrading to a 15" 2011 model but after reading a few threads here, I think I have decided to get the base 13" model and get an external display and a few upgrades with the money I saved. I like the idea of a SSD, which I have heard is very fast. Considering an upgrade in RAM too. I know thats lots of information, but please give any insight or thoughts you can! BTW, mostly use it now for web browsing, iTunes, office tasks, iWork 09, Toast Titanium disk burning, things of that nature. The new one must be able to also handle any kind of engineering programs and dual-boot Windows. I am also considering using the external display with a possible Alarm Clock app for my alarm clock in the mornings, any apps anybody knows of that would be good for this?