I've been considering buying a MacBook Pro in the next month or two. I'm totally fine with refurbished units from the Apple Online Store. There's always a basic model for $1,699. Occasionally they'll have the previous basic model for $1,349. They had them for a short time yesterday. I really like the idea of the way the new aluminum MacBook Pros are made and I like how easy it is to change the hard drive. They're also a little bit faster than the prior model. Other than that I don't know of any significant advantages of the new model over the prior one. The prior model's keyboard is more appealing to me. Saving another $350 is also appealing. Also, this model may support a total of 8 GB or DDR2/667 RAM? http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=573906 See also http://guides.macrumors.com/MacBook_Pro Here's a little comparison chart I put together: Is there anything about either model that would influence your decision?