I'm pondering a prospect of buying myself a used 17-inch Macbook Pro, of the 2011 or 2010 variety. Main selling points to me are: screen real estate (as opposed to resolution), the possibility of a matte display, upgradeability of RAM and disks, having an ExpressCard/34 slot. The 2011 model would be an obvious choice, but 2010 models are more attractive price-wise, and it's possible to find ones not very battered from heavy field use. For my typical usages (which is software and database development), the i7 that went before Sandy Bridge is acceptable, and Sandy Bridge is quite plenty. A SSD and 16 gigabytes of RAM make the machine futureproof enough for the next few years. The biggest difference between 2010 and 2011 models is, apart from the chipset, of course, the Thunderbolt port. Now that this is 5 years since Thunderbolt port exists on commercially available hardware, my question is: is it worth it? The machine I'm interested in doesn't have USB3 on board and that can be remedied with a Thunderbolt adapter (ExpressCard/34 is not worth it as the bandwidth is only 1.5 Gpbs). Is there anything else I would miss dearly only because I don't happen to own a machine with Thunderbolt port? PS. oh well. Didn't notice there's a Buying Advice forum. Maybe move the topic there?