Okay so I have a few questions, right now she is using a pretty old normal 13 inch macbook from most likely 3-4 years ago. I used to own an imac and I really liked it, however I sold it when I built my current PC I'm on right now, I have no aversion towards either setup I like both. I really do not want to spend more than $1200, and I was wondering whether a brand new baseline macbook pro would be a better choice then maybe say checking the refurbished page for the next two weeks. I want to buy it before october 18th because I have a deal with my credit card where any purchase made at the apple store has no interest for a year. Also, I can't really think of any mac software she uses other than the os x version of office she has, she used to be an art major but she is now a history major, would I be better off just buying a PC laptop? Thanks for your advice everyone. Also whats the best situation regarding applecare? I remember reading you can buy it off ebay for cheaper but this was like two years ago.