I am trying to decide between three 13 MBPs. Pretty sure all will meet my needs just fine--surfing, light photo/video editing, basic business productivity. It wont be my main Mac. Right now I am happy with the performance of my 2006 macbook, but it is physically wearing down and no longer that pleasant to work on. I am looking at: Current base 2.4GHz MBP, $1099 educational discount. Refurb prior gen (or at least before last bump) 2.53GHz MBP, $1,189. Refurb current 2.66GHz MBP, $1,289. Like I said, I think any would suit my needs, but I am unclear about the changes from the prior gen MBPs to the current ones. The prior gen one seems a good compromise between the two current ones, but I dont know if the current ones have advantages. I am also not sure if Id see a big performance upgrade by going from the 2.4GHz to the 2.66GHz. I have yet to come close to filling up a hard drive on any computer I have ever owned. Money IS important, but these are only separated by $200 so I dont want it to be a driving factor. The free iPod is also immaterial. I dont need it, and would just end up giving it to my kid rather than trying to get money for it. Any thoughts would be helpful.