I understand that this is a classic question that has been asked at various points in time, and the answers differ on the options available. I'm an absolutely newbie at macs and have been analyzing options for quite some time now. My primary needs: 1. Wordprocessing, workbooks and presentations 2. Internet, Email 3. netflix, hulu, youtube occasionally The options: 1. 2011 2.3 Ghz, 4 GB from apple online store for 1199 2. 2010 2.4 Ghz, 4 GB from apple online refurb section for 899 i'm considering low ends because of budgetary constraints as well as strong rumors about redesign in 2012. I cannot wait for 2012 machine since my current ibm thinkpad is nearing it's death but I don't want to end up with a high end 2011 if a newer design is due in 2012. So what would be the optimal choice considering the primary usage needs? Please advise.