I am going to be a college student next year, and I am planning on getting a macbook pro due to battery life/resell value/ student deal Uses -watching movies (possible on external in higher res), listen to music -occasionally converting various files (mp4, wav, avi, possibly raw)-speed isn't a huge factor, but I don't want CPU maxed out so I cannot otherwise be productive -email, browsing the internet (like 15 tabs usually), youtube HD -typing papers, powerpoints, excel -occasional video editing probably maxed at 720p I will be taking this essentially everywhere. My current laptop is a dell vostro 1510 15.4. I have taken this around various places and its not too much of a hassle. I don't pop it out during my lunch period as there isn't enough room/too much hassle. I am also a solid multitasker, I max out my current core 2 duo 2.1 opening itunes and onenote while I'm on the internet. Granted my lappie is not iX anything... oh and its 8400M GS graphics, which can only play up to 720P without chopping. 15 2.0? or 2.2? Pros: overkill power bigger screen hi-res option 13 in i5? or i7? Pros: more portable solid power, awful graphics cheaper However: I would like to perhaps resell in 1-2 years to get the inevitably stronger update. Which computer would have the best resell value while still meeting my needs? or rather on which would I experience the best value while still satisfying and surpassing needs? The resell is the bottom line if both will be more than adequate. I will be upgrading HD to SSD or a huge HDD aftermarket. I plan on using the student deal that apple usually features where they offer 100-200 off, a free printer, and a free ipod touch. Hopefully they offer this again? Thank you all who respond. I did run various searches but didn't get any real info regarding this particular refresh and was not sure if resell would change.