Now that the new MBP's are out I'm going to get one for college (starts in the fall). Right now I just browse the web, listen to music (larger library), and type papers. The laptop must be pretty portable as I will be walking everywhere. (no 17"). While my needs are pretty light now, I am majoring in architecture and minoring in art and design so it should be able to run autocad and photoshop and stuff. My absolute max budget is $2,000 but keeping it around $1,500 would make me and my parents happier. I have 4GB of ram on my iMac now and max it out more often than I think I should. Right now 525MB is wired, 2.13GB Active, 1GB Inactive, and 86MB free. I am using about 300GB on my HD but plan to clean up everything before transferring everything over so that should slim up a bit.