My recent vintage Macbook 13-inch died today, out of warranty. The hard drive tests okay in another enclosure. The Macbook, as it was failing, could not stay on long enough to run a hardware test. This is the third consecutive Macbook (13-inch not Pro) that has had a motherboard failure shortly out of warranty. (The previous two had verified motherboard failures-it seems like the same case here.) I have not gotten Apple Care previously, due to my tendency to upgrade to a newer model. I thought I would put the funds toward a newer model. However, the Macbooks have died shortly before the model refresh cycle. This time, as well, a new generation of MBP is expected soon. (Yes, I know about the Sandy Bridge delays.) I would prefer the MBP to the plastic Macbook, since the last 3 have all had cracking plastic edges, apparently due to aging rather than impacts. Having no intact recent backup, I am limping along with an early model iBook with limited capability (PowerPC G3, limited specs). Need the laptop for docs, swift web access, some audio, and a tiny amount of video. Do I go for a refurb to get by until the refresh? Should I consider indulging in a MacBook Air, since they have been updated more recently? Is it back to alternating between desktop at home and portable, with less certain laptop reliability? I have been discouraged to have previously had to buy right before product refreshes, due to poor product reliability.