Next year I am going off to a nice little liberal arts school. I currently have a Dell Vostro 1510 with a 2.1 core 2 duo and 8400m chip I am currently using 70 GB which is all my music, pics, and a bunch of programs. It currently lasts about 3 hours on normal use which is horrendous. I am not interested in the 11 because the battery life is a bit weak, and I can't handle the midget screen. I do not plan on having an external in my dorm, I will plug in to one in a library if need be. The following are my personal needs: --battery life, battery life, battery life --decent mobility (I don't really have a huge issue with my 15, its bigger than most 15s, but I deal with it) --fast wake --solid color gamut>>current screen is a crappy matte 1280x800 on a 15.6 --capable processor>>RAW files, ripping CDs, converting music/video files for personal use --bootcamp w/ win7 (I have a disk already) --a loooong excel file (been using it for 2 years now) Class stuff: word processing note taking presentations I don't want to lose a ton on this if I resell in 2-3 years also. Is it worth it to wait for the MBA upgrade too?