Hey guys, college student here. No, I'll make it a lot more interesting and complicated than wanting something to carry around :] I'm currently looking to upgrade my 13" first-gen (yes, first-gen!) MacBook. I recently got a $2,500 bonus so I can literally spend it on whatever I want BUT I'd obviously love to have some money leftover after my trip to Apple. I'm a Cinema major at my university and do moderate Final Cut Studio work on my laptop. As you can imagine, it's been quite sluggish and hectic working on this MacBook for the last three-ish years. I haven't really been doing much editing work as of late and I'm not going to be editing a feature anytime soon but as I'm moving into the final stretch of my major it's going to be required that I edit video quite a bit. Anyway, here are the two options I'm looking at (this is after any sort of discounts) MacBook Pro - 13", 2.53GHz 4GB DDR3 RAM 250GB Hard Drive 9400M SD Card Slot 7-hour built-in battery $1399 (Student Discount) MacBook Pro - 15" 2.4GHz *Refurbished* 2GB DDR3 RAM 250GB Hard Drive 9400M + 9600M with 256MB ExpressCard/34 Slot 5-hour removable battery $1349 Obviously I'm not going to pay a $500 premium for a 7-hour battery in the new midrange Pro. I already plan on upgrading the RAM to 4GB if I pick up the refurb and will already be upgrading my hard drive to 500GB Essentially, we're paying $50 more after upgrades to get a bigger screen and dedicated graphics. My main concerns are: -Battery life. I'm starting to think that the extra two hours might be "worthwhile" but of course there's always the counter-argument that the 5-hour battery was the "standard" just a month ago. -Refurbished. This means I miss out on the $20 (after rebate) iPod Classic I was looking forward to getting. Also this means that it's a refurbished unit, not brand-new and I can't get it at the Apple Store and would have to buy it online. I was looking forward to actually buying a Mac at the Apple Store (I got this white MacBook online) for 'just because' purposes. Then again, I'm not willing to pay a $500 premium to do all this =P -Bigger laptop. I'm not 100% sure whether or not I truly want a 15" Pro due to the size difference. It's a small difference but I'm not sure if this is something that I can definitely be okay with. I've handled the 15" Pro at the Apple Store and other places before and I've never really answered the question for myself sadly. TL;DR - The refurbished 15" Unibody Pro from last November is extremely appealing but means I'll skip out on a free iPod and buying it in-person at the Apple Store, plus I have no experience with refurbished Apple products. Also, I'm not able to get this MacBook until mid-August (currently traveling abroad), sadly. Any and all help would be appreciated, thanks!