As a follow up to an earlier post I am pretty set on getting my wife a MBA for Christmas. I was looking around and Best Buy has a current model 13" Air for $899 which is a little better than the $949 we'd pay with her educator's discount but a little more than the $849 for a refurb. But I think $50 is worth having a brand new machine as a gift. Then I saw that Apple has refurb June 2012 models for $780. That's a bit more compelling. She's almost always gotten my hand me down machines and she's a good sport about it, but part of me wants to give her a fresh new computer. But Apple does a nice job of making their refurb stuff look like new both in terms of the item and packaging. From a usage standpoint she does web, MS Office, and some music composition stuff (Sibellius for those that know what that is) as well as a musical scores database written in Filemaker. I plan to put a windows partition on it for Win7 and install Parallels so she can use Windows Office (office for Mac is terrible). So that's probably the biggest performance draw. Just curious if anyone can comment, in a practical sense, the differences between the two. Thanks.