I have a 2009 MacBook Pro. It's a fine machine. No complaints. But I also now have a 2013 MacBook Air. In all things, I find I prefer the Air EXCEPT for storage. The 2009 has an SSD for the OS and a 750GB HDD for everything else. I store (but don't really edit) a lot of video. I do store 13K photos, and I edit them in lightroom. I am trying to decide: Do I just keep the 2009 MBP, somewhere on the side, and drag it out for when I work on photos Do I drop the MBP for a mac mini, which takes up less footprint, and I might be able to sell this MBP for a mini, and end up with an upgraded processor Do I just buy external thunderbolt storage, and keep my pics and movies on an external drive. Issue with the MBA is it's only 4GB RAM. LR is much happier on a system with 8GB. I have no other needs other than web, mail, office docs and Lightroom. No gaming, no real video editing, etc.