I intend to use it for basic browsing, some photo editing and video editing with an external display. I currently accomplish all of this on this MacBook with the modifications mentioned in my signature. If I were to purchase this MacBook Pro I would be doing roughly the same tasks. I still use Aperture to edit photos from a lower end DSLR and Final Cut Pro X for video editing (usually these do not exceed 15 minutes in length or 1080p resolution). I really like redundancy, so having the MacBook I currently use for backup would be nice. I originally intended to use this MacBook until it died, but it isn't dying. You can see the Geekbench scores put this laptop at about 2.3x faster than my current setup. I'd like to pull the optical drive and move my Optibay into the newer MacBook Pro, giving it dual SSDs and the max of 16GB of RAM. I'm also curious about the power draw under load and at idle, if anyone has that information. I am aware of the MagSafe 2 charger specifications, though, so I mean real world pull. I've been able to keep using my current MacBook for a solid 6 years now, and it's still mint because I treat my things well and clean the fan every 6 months, etc. Are there any issues with this Ivy Bridge chipset and model I should be concerned about? With the slow advancements in microarchitecture (relative to last decade) and growing efficiency of software, is it likely that this MacBook Pro could last me around the same time? This is the final (and fastest) revision of the classic 13" MBP design from what I understand. It may be my last MacBook unless I have a change of heart about soldered hard drives, soldered ram and glued batteries. From what I've researched the newer retina MacBook Pros only accomplish a marginal 1000 points over this MacBook via GeekBench references, which is still impressive given the battery life and improved display, but again that's not for me. I rely on external displays for editing and my MacBook is rarely traveling (unplugged).