All right, so I am a hopeful mac convert. I'm utterly tired of Windows as I have seen the same features and issues for almost 12 years. I can't say I have any experience in the Mac department, but recently I have been going to our school's Mac lab. Very nice, sleek looking, and I haven't had any trouble yet with them and since they are used to the public, I find that very impressive. Back on topic~ I'm a college student, obviously. I'm currently looking at the macbook and macbook pros. Background info: I'm currently a Biology major, so I will be writing a lot of discussions and other stuff. (P.S. I haven't gotten into any upper division classes so I'm not too sure what to expect) I would like to learn some audio/video/pictorial editing techniques as I have always been fascinated by such things but neither have the software/time/instructions to learn (I'm not a great self-learner). What I like about each model: The macbook has a decent look, and seems very easily portable. I don't care too much for the small screen or the keyboard. I would also like an independent video card just incase I decide to start playing a MMO again. Would the CPU dependent video card be enough to handle such things as well as the audio/video/pictorial editing? The macbook pro has an even more decent look. I like the aluminum case very much so but I'm curious as to if it is easily scratched or other cosmetic issues. The backlit keyboard look pretty cool too, but is it really all that useful? If I got a macbook pro it would defiantly be a 15" model with a 2.6 Ghz processor. 2 gb of RAM seem fine, and so does the hard drive as I will be using an external anyways for the time machine function. I would like something to stand the test of time, be future proof, that is sorta lightweight, and has an excellent battery life. I currently have a HP DV9230US model and I HATE it. It has a 1.67 Ghz processor, 2 gb of RAM, 17" screen, 1.5 hour battery life, and a 256 mb video card. Any chance I could sell this hunk-of-crap for a decent price? I payed $1500 for it and I would like to get atleast 40% of the price, it is only Feburary old. Also, do you recommend getting a refurbished mac? I'm curious as if they have any hardware issues. Also I would be worried that they might look scratched or just worn in general, is this a concern? Would this be the best considering I'm "financially challenged?" P.S. Should I wait for the mac thingy in january? I'm not too interested in an ultra-portable laptop with flash drive based memory, nor a tablet. Also, are there going to be any revisions to the macbook line that has been rumored? I would like to stop using this laptop as soon as possible! Thank you very much for looking and hopefully answering my question!!!