I am considering replacing my ancient Dell 600m laptop, and I am considering the MBA. I am a college professor, and my expected uses are taking the laptop to and from campus, using it around town, taking it to conferences and giving presentations, doing email, writing papers, browsing the web. Sounds like a shoo-in for the MBA, right? Well, not so fast. One of the things I will be doing is light computational tasks, and I will be installing Matlab and Mathematica. Now, the sort of things I'll do are things my current Dell can do, so I have no doubt the MBA will be able to handle it, but we begin to move away from the MBA's wheelhouse; CPU intenive tasks aren't its forte. I won't be doing any serious three-days-max-cpu tasks, but still, these programs will eat a lot of hard drive space, and I may be better served by a MBP. Not to mention the IR receiver for presentations. And, it turns out my campus store has a display model MBP13, model MB990LL/A, for sale at $949. I guess this model is from mid-2009? 2GB memory, 160GB SATA harddrive. Is this a better option for me? It is upgradable, and so could be a good workhorse for some yearsto come. It looks to be in good cosmetic condition - they had a speck case on it. Is $949 a good price for a used MBP of this vintage? Would I be better off either getting an ultimate MBA or waiting for the MBP refresh, than getting this computer?