Hi guys, I'm coming to the US in 10 days to work and when I get a few paychecks I plan on getting a laptop. About 6 weeks ago I was very confused as of what it will be... Windows PC or Mac. Then I installed a hackintosh 10.5.6 now 10.5.7 and it's great. So I've decided it will be a Mac! But the problem... Pro or not? As I'm a student with J1 visa I can work in the US for only 4 months. I don't know how much money I'll be able to save after I return the debts I made to go to the US. Anyway if everything went fine and I will be able to spent about 2000$ for a laptop... And should I! I know I know the Pros are... Pros . Better graphics and stuff, but do I really need it? I'm currently using a 15" Acer TravelMate 2410 which is about 5 years old, but I upgraded the ram and HDD and it's a decent laptop for movies, browsing and word processing. Pretty much all the things I do. I plan not to buy a new laptop at least 4-5 years from now. Till then a cool new technologies will emerge (mainly USB 3.0...) a few great games will be released (Diablo III, Starcraft II...) and I would want to have/play them. An ExpressCard slot will allow me to buy an USB 3.0 express card which will allow me to use the MBP with a future USB 3.0 flash drives / cameras / external HDD (yeah TimeMachine ). I simply can not decide... Also the price is of great importance here. $400-500 dollars are a lot of cash for me, because with such money I can live for 3-4 months when I'm back to my home country. I saw that there are a few hundred dollars off if I buy a refurbished Macbook (Pro). What is the quality? Would you buy a refurbished Macbook? If you have bought one have you had nay problems with it? Oh and one last question . When does the Back to School promo usually starts? And will I be eligible, I have an ISIC card?