I'm currently looking into buying a laptop. I have my eye on the new blackbook, and I am not sure on whether or not I want to purchase a refurbished blackbook (at 2.16 ghz, 1 gb mem, 160 HD, the refurbished is cheaper) or a brand new blackbook. My brother has a refurbished macbook pro and having played around with it a couple times, I haven't noticed any major problems with it's hardwear or design. However, I have never owned a brand new mac, and can only base the assumption that his computer runs fine off of my history with windows os computers. (it has a fairly fast boot up time, and the only problem i have with his mbp is that it tends to get really hot). I was wondering if there are any differences in a brand new blackbook and a refurbished one. (besides the fact that a new mb is a new mb). My understanding about refurbished apple products are that there's nothing wrong with a refurb; a refurb is just a product that they have tested for bugs, and if they have found any bugs, they have fixed them. Please correct me if i am wrong. Another question is, whether or not I should wait for leopard to come out, and purchase a brand new mb with leopard os already installed. Do you think if I go ahead and purchase a macbook, will they offer the new os upgrade for free? or will i have to pay an additional fee for the upgrade. I understand if you purchased a windows computer a couple months before vista came out, different companies (hp) would send you the vista upgrade for free, or atleast if not for free, for really cheap. another thing i'm worried about is the cracked palmrest issue regarding the macbooks. is the problem still persistent in newer models? have there been apple officials who have recognized this design flaw and have fixed it? if not i might end up getting a mbp.... Your thoughts and suggestions would greatly be appreciated. I am a mac noob, so i apology in advance for any stupid comments i have made. This is pretty long, so if you've taken to time to read it, thanks again.