I'm just trying to make sure I'm not missing anything important, in my decision making process.............. Processor - same "tier" processor, with close speed and the same 6mb L2 cache RAM - officially supported to 8 gigs vs. unofficially handling 8 gigs Display - a 60% increase in the newer model, however its measured Hard Drives - 180 more gigs in the newer model Graphics - same with up to 512mb in the 9600 Slots - 2 USB and SD slot vs. 3 USB and ExpressCard Battery - Longer life built in vs. shorter life but can be accessed easily, along with the hard drive. The refurb 2.93 is $350 less then the new 2.8. I'm just wondering what I got wrong, and what I'm missing. Thanks for your input.