I have a year for this, but I eventually want to get an Air for my daughter for her 8th grade graduation. I would get one from the refurbished store, and I would like to get her the 11 inch with the most storage on it (whatever it may be in a year). The deal is he grades have to stay where they are or go up, and she knows if she does she'll get a Mac. The problem is she wants a Macbook. This is how I look at it. The Air is more portable so it will fit in her backpack easier (on the go to friends to do projects), it doesn't have a hard drive, so no moving parts, and it's aluminum so it won't crack. I'm not worried so much about plastic cracking, she has an iPod Touch and take care of it. Now her side... She wants an optical drive to watch movies so she wants a Macbook. I told her we can get her an optical drive for it, but I see her point how it would be separate. Now I have a year to sway her, any ideas? Also would I be able to remotely log into her Macbook to change settings?