Hi folks, I'm currently using a Macbook Pro 15" early-2011 model. I got it as a graduation gift, but honestly the i7 is overkill, and the 500GB HDD is probably the cause for my overall slow boot/app performance (I regularly clean the computer of extraneous files, like keeping the files tidy and delete everything I don't need). It also never leaves home which makes me debate a mac mini as well. I use it mostly to code websites, and occasionally process images in Adobe Lightroom. Here's the question: Should I 1. Buy a new Macbook Air? I anticipate that I will go to an MBA program in about 2 years, when I will no longer be supplied a work laptop and will need a laptop then. I could sell my MBP and move onto a current gen MBA. Then again, hesitant as I suspiciously think Apple is getting ready to implement the next USB (the tiny one) in their next-gen laptops. 2. Rip out HDD & install SSD? This would solve the slowness, and could last me a couple more years. Problem: clumsy hands, scared to rip out innards. 3. Buy a Mac Mini? I could sell the current MBP and get a Mac Mini w/ an SSD. Thoughts? As much as I love to future-proof, not sure what is right at this time yet day by day my slow MBP is irritating. Let me know what you guys think.