My college enforced a mandatory purchase of a specific laptop that does not meet my needs. (It randomly restarted itself during the writing portion of my timed final exam today .) So I want to sell that puppy and buy a MBP or MBA as a replacement. Looking to spend up to $1K. What year and model do you reccomend for someone that's a member of the Broke Phi Broke fraternity? I have a 2010 iMac (iOS 10.9.2, 3.06 GHz Intel C2D, 12gb 1067 MHz DDR3) and a 16gb iPad 4. Hopefully that baby doesn't die on me, but I *need* something to get me until July 2017. I primarily will use it to watch streaming lectures, for word processing, and to read... heavy internet browsing for studying and research as well. No gaming. Usually 3-5 apps in usage at once: Adobe Reader, OneNote or Word, VLC, Chrome, and a streaming video (lecture). No photo or video editing.