2011 13 inch i5 MBP with the 128gb SSD option from Apple -or- 2010 13 inch 1.86 C2D MBA with 4gb of ram. Both (with edu pricing) come to the same exact amount. I know the MBA has a higher res screen and better graphics but the "pro" has the much faster i5. My uses are: web browsing, light photo editing, some imovie, hulu, and the occasional game (sc2, civ). Any insight would be nice! I feel a lot of people are in my position.