I decided to start a new thread after doing 10+ hours of searching and scouring for threads like this only to find pretty much all of them are for things that I don't do: CS4, CAD, Encoding, Gaming, etc. Regardless of the impending update, I'm getting a MacBook Pro somewhere between the end of February and end of March. I'm deciding between the 13" and 15". I WANT a 13" due to size and price, also because I want an iPad for document viewing and reading. I pay cash for my purchases so I do a lot of research and make a calculated decision where to spend it. The reason I am considering the 15" is because a) It's more powerful than the 13" and doesn't have the C2D and b) Because with the high res screen, I may be able to negate the need of an iPad to read PDF's and documents and I could view the entire page at once, something you cannot do on the 13" screen. What I want to know is if the MacBook Pro 13" 2.4 320m WITH 8GB of RAM will be sufficient for this (NO Gaming whatsoever and no hardcore video encoding/editing, no hardcore sound recording/editing): 1. 1080p video playback. YouTube, H264, mkv, any format. I want to play any sort of 720p and 1080p video flawlessly with no hiccups. Just smooth effortless playback. 2. Running Windows XP/7 virtual machine through Fusion. Right now my MB runs it OK but can cause the fans to run and I can tell it's really taxing the CPU. I want to run it smoothly. 3. Simple and light video and photo editing using either iMovie and Aperture/Pixelmator. Of course the usual stuff we do on Macs and utilizing Office 2011 which my 5 year old MacBook does well so I'm confident the 13" MBP is more than capable of. Of course if Apple updates the 13" to a newer processor and slightly better resolution before I purchase that would be ideal.