Hi all, just joined macrumours after months, if not years, of following the main page! I need some advice on buying the latest 13" MBP 2.66GHz. I've done some searching around, but still have some questions. Currently I have a 15" MBP (Early or Late 2008) 2.4GHz w/ boosted RAM 4GB and a 7200RPM 200GB HDD, and a 8600M GT 256MB on OS X 10.5.8. Reason for upgrade: I'm starting to take my mac to uni/work each day and it's a bit fat, i.e. with its case (case is 49cm/19" diagonally - new case may be a temporary solution) it barely fits in my fairly large bag. The 13" also weighs 0.4kg/0.88lb/0.0274 slugs less. I also wouldn't mind a more powerful machine. What I use/plan to use my mac for: - OS X: Currently web browsing and document work, occasional video editing on iMovie (maybe Final Cut Pro if I get real keen on it), and games, specifically Civilisations IV and freeware like x-moto - Windows: Have XP Bootcamp at the moment to play DiRT, would like to get Civilisations V, and also MYOB accounting software and Microsoft Office 2003 or the most recent - undecided on that one. I'd like to put the games on Bootcamp and the work software on Parallels/VMWare to maximise efficiency. Cost: I'm in Australia, so this is in Aussie dollars. I can sell my old 15" MBP for about $1,000-1,300 I reckon, and I can get the new 13" MBP for $1,800, or $1,925 if I get the 500 GB HDD (may not be necessary considering I'm only using 150 GB at the moment). Net cost is around $650 or so I guess. So basically, I'm looking for the computer with the most flops (FLoating point Operations Per Second)... haha sort of. I definitely want an upgrade in computing power, otherwise it's a big waste of money in my perspective. But half the reason is also to downsize on my mac, and get the 10hrs battery life!!! So the questions: The most important question: How much faster will the 2.66GHz 13" be compared to my current 15" MBP? Note I'll mainly be using the MBP screen so the lower pixel count should help. Might use a cheap 17" LCD display for some gaming. The other questions: 1. My current case I think has a flexible plastic sheet surrounded by neoprene or equivalent - it protects it really well, and the zip doesn't scratch it on the inside. Also has a second full-sized zip for other stuff - not necessary IMO. What's a good case that'll protect the MBP well when surrounded by textbooks and knives and gravel and stuff (who knows!), but fit rather snugly to conserve space for a 15" and a 13"? And is available in or ships to Aus? And is suitable for putting on my lap with the MBP on top? 2. MBP update - heard it's either late 2010 or early 2011 - any thoughts, will it be big/worth the wait? 3. When is 7200 RPM particularly useful, and how much better is it? Does it decrease battery life? 4. If I get XP for bootcamp, do I need to buy another full license for XP for parallels/vmware, or is one license enough for the machine? 5. For DiRT and Civilisations V, is it worth getting Windows 7 or should I just stick with XP? 6. Upgrading HDD and RAM - if I put it in myself, does it void warranty? 7. Applecare - I got it for my current MBP, haven't really needed it, any repairs would have been under $300 anyway. For all the finance and business gurus out there, regarding expected outcome and such, does apple lose money from it and therefore it is a net plus for consumers, or does apple make money from it and therefore it is a net loss for consumers? 8. What are the odds of getting a MBP fixed/replaced if it has a dead pixel or any other minute flaw? 9. Buying refurbished macs from Apple, buying second hand - what are your thoughts? I can probably save around $200 going refurbished, and maybe $400 or something going second hand. Is it worth it? 10. Should have I made separate threads for this massive amount of questions? Thanks in advance!