I'm currently running an original 2006 2.16 MBP with 2GB of Ram and 120GB HD that is very full. I use this laptop in a research academic setting and frequently use the Office 08 suite, Keynote, the usual web browsers, iLife apps, Matlab, some Photoshop and EasyDraw as well as several PC programs in Parallels Desktop (Origin, SPSS and few others). My only use of firewire is for backing up to external drives (all of my externals have usb as well) and i have never used the express card slot. While in my office, the laptop is tethered to a 22" display, but I carry this everywhere and travel by air frequently. I've longed for small form factor/full feature MBP akin to the 12" PB of days gone by, but realize this just won't happen. I'm considering the following: Purchase the 2.4 GHz MB and then upgrade the RAM to 4 GB and purchase a 7200 RPM drive to drop into it. I would then move the 250 GB drive from the new MB over to my older MBP for my wife to use (she is still using my old G4 titanium powerbook so the old MBP will feel like a Ferrari to her). Any thoughts?