Alright, I have taken a look around these forums for quite a while (lurker, basically). I must say it is indeed a very lovely one. Upon hearing about the news yesterday about the new MBPs, I had to sign up and pose several questions to the members here. First, let me give you some background information to keep you in the loop. I'm 17, just graduated and entering college this fall. I've long had the thought of purchasing a MBP 2 years ago after an (accidental) trip to the Apple store on 5th Avenue in NYC (elevator, freakin' awesome, huh?). Anywho, 2 years ago, the MBP was one totally different to what it is today. I had recently worked last summer, and saved up a hefty sum of money, hoping to spend the majority of it as a hurrah gift for myself. However, after much persistence, my parents insisted that they purchase a MBP for me as a graduation present. The conditions revolved around 1 notion: find the cheapest price and we'll buy it for you. In college, I'll be pursuing a Business-related major, so I believe I need a sturdier MBP rather than a MB (honestly, don't like the 13-inch screen). In addition to this, I'll be doing video editting, blogging, music thumping, movie watching, and a lot of things media-wise. School-wise, I'll need the usual Microsoft Office and accounting programs, which I will worry about later. Now that the new MBPs are arriving on the scene, I have a couple of questions: 1.) After browsing around these forums and specifically, the Apple News discussion sub-forum, I happened to see a bunch of rants and complaints about the replacement of the ExpressCard slot with the SD Card slot. I myself have a Sony P&S camera (I'm prepared to get flamed, btw), and this should work in my favor, right? However, I'm pondering the possibility of purchasing a DSLR (yes, I know what it is) after working this summer. What are the major reasons for complaints in regards to the loss of the ExpressCard slot? I have no clue what it is all about, so if anyone could help me with that, that'd be great. 2.) The MBP that I was considering was the Late '08 model (the lower-end MBP, I believe). The MBP I'm talking about is shown in this link, at a much reduced price of $1,349, marked down from the original $2,000: http://store.apple.com/us/product/FB470LL/A?mco=MjE0NjE5MA After showing my parents the refurbished MBP, I received much negative feedback. They refuse the idea of a refurbished MBP, and having had much experience in sales/retail, they would rather purchase a brand-new MBP for me. Would this be a great investment and what are the advantages of it over the newer MBPs? Wouldn't the new 15-inch, 2.66GHz be the same as the MBP I mentioned above, with the exception that the new MBP has 4GB RAM, 320GB HD, a SD slot, and a 7-hour battery (except that it costs as much as the old MBP => $2,000)? === Not too many questions, I know. But I'll be updating and checking back on this thread a lot, so if anyone could offer their own personal opinion and recommendations, I would love you until eternity and do a rendition of Whitney Houston's 'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' for you. Thank you. You will soon see a Windows-turned-Apple convert.