Well I am probably not an unusual computer user, I don't game, I don't do high end video editing or 3D CAD. I think now is the time for me to upgrade from a late 2006 Merom 15" MBP. The new battery is probably what has swung it for me. In the past I have normally gone for the top of the line macs as I tend to keep them for 2 or 3 years, but I am not sure this is what I will do this time. For me the choice is from the following 15 inchers: 1: 2.53, no discrete graphics. 2: 2.66, discrete graphics (256MB) 3: 2.8, 512MB discrete graphics and 6MB L2 cache In each case I would want the 500GB 7200 HDD, and if you do the sums the cost differential is not all that much between the options. My main use is email, surfing, MS office, photo editing (Lightroom) and some fairly low-end video editing (iMovie). Realising that often one goes for the 'best' just for the 'bests' sake, I wonder what I should go for this time? I am upgrading this time mainly for the battery life, increased trackpad functionality and because my old MBP is now battered half to death, so all out speed is not the number 1 consideration. How many of us buy the best and fastest machine for no reason other to know we have the best, even if we never need to use all that power? Which would you go for?