I have the base model 15" MacBook Pro from January 2008 (2.4 GHz Santa Rosa, if I recall correctly). My wife's MacBook just died, so she needs a new computer. She uses hers for checking email, surfing the Web, iPhoto, iTunes, etc. I use mine for the same, but also for hobby-level photography, music recording (GarageBand now, but eventually Logic), and art programs. We're considering two options: 1) She gets a new MacBook, and I keep my current MBP. 2) I get a new 13" MBP (the base model has the same size hard drive and amount of RAM as my 15" MBP) and she gets my old MBP. 95% of the time, I keep my MBP connected to an external monitor, so the extra portability of the 13" would suit me fine. My wife never connects an external monitor, so she'd be thrilled with my old 15". My question is whether the current base-model 13" MBP has any performance or feature benefits over the 2008 MBP that would warrant spending the extra $200 over just buying a new MacBook for my wife.