I have a 17" MBP for daily use but am thinking of picking up a refurb something as a backup in the event the 17" has issues (too dependent on the internet to wait for service), or possibly for semi full time use with my TV. First I thought MacMini as it is suited to TV use, but have also thought a 13" MBP would do everything the Mini can plus be a standalone portable device should I need it. I have also considered the Air but I tend to keep stuff a loooooonnggg time and upgrade until death and the Air just isn't set up for that...and though I love them I just don't have a real use for one vs a 13" MBP given the trade offs. I know it is a very vague question but just looking for input from others who have used a second Mac as a TV feeder or back up. Want to keep it at 1000 or less which I can do with any of the 3 options if I choose wisely. I also don't have time to wait for the imminent refresh as I am going to make the purchase while still in the States visiting...which is fine with me as I have always been satisfied with less than the cutting edge as my needs aren't those of a power user.