I've been reading through these informative forums in preparation to purchase my first computer ever which is going to be a Mac. (beat out a Sony Vaio SA) The question becomes which one. The main decision I have to make is which way do I want to go. The three choices are 2010 Refurb 2.66 C2D MBP 13" or New 2011 MBP 13" i5 or New upcoming MBA 13" i5 2011 In terms of cost I have found on Apple's site a refurb 2010 2.66 C2D for $1019. The main reason I have considered this is due to the marginally better GPU as compared to the 2011 and possibly slightly longer battery life for my usage. I am able to get a 2011 from the local Microcenter for the well known $999 The last of my choices is the 2011 MBA. I suppose we should see it within a the next day to a week and I am going on a limb to say it will have the same or similar HD3000 gpu to the 2011 MBP. CPU similar but lower voltage. Higher resolution screen vs MBP. Let's assume the price stays the same to a base 2010 MBA 13". From the beginning my plan was to upgrade the HD to a 128 SSD and possibly the max the RAM to G Skill in any MBP. I have been following the "OCW is worth it?" and other ssd threads deciding on which. These are price estimates of the three tax not included. SSD is average prices of many I have considered not brand specific yet. RAM is G Skill 2010 MBP $1019 + $220 SSD + $50 RAM = $1289 2011 MBP $999 + $220 SSD + $50 RAM = $1269 2011 MBA 13" = $1299 Assuming no price change and at least i5, 128SSD and Back lit keyboard. If need be, I have access to student pricing. My usage will be internet, music, mail, Adobe product (PDF creation and some light Photoshop maybe start video editing as a beginner), work stuff mainly which is internet based. In terms of portability as long as I have a 13" I'm happy and weight is not gonna cripple me as I am a home office/ couch user. I am curious to which will be the best return value given speed, value, longevity. Given these choices which would you choose and why? Your thoughts as to which and why will be appreciated greatly!