I'm having a hard time with this one. I'm good with the $1200 price tag on the base Macbook Pro 13 Core i5. It has a 500gb drive and 4gb RAM. I'm going to attach it to an external monitor I already have for home use. For road use I love the smaller size. The Core i7 model with 750gb disk & 8GB RAM is $300 more. I don't see the value though. The HD is 250gb bigger, big whoop. I will replace either one with a 256 SSD when the price is reasonable. 8gb RAM is nice, but I can upgrade the RAM on the base 13" for cheap myself Just trying to see if the sentiment is the same out there in MacRumors land. G.