Ater receiving my refurb 15" a couple of weeks ago, I sent it back due to some issues (locking up, keyboard was going to have to be replaced, etc). I was about to just spend more money and order a new 2011 model when I noticed a few places caring the base 2010 15" model brand new for $1450 shipped. I payed $1400 shipped from apple for the refurb one so I am starting to consider the 2010 model. I know the quad core is way more powerful but honestly the refurb I had (for a weekend at least) was plenty fast coming from a 3 year old Lenovo thinkpad. Plus the differnece in price (from a base 15" 2011) would pay for Applecare. I pretty much will be surfing the web, doing some word/excel documents and looking at pictures (maybe some minor editing) via my digital camera. I am not buying this for gaming but I admit I might occasional play something like Half Life 2 or Amnesia (although I am on my PS3 99% of the time because of my 60" tv ). Worth it or should I just pony up the extra money for the 2011? I was considering the higher end 2011 15" model but I honestly can't justify that kind of money (so I was looking at the base 2011 15"). Thanks in advance!