I'm buying a 15" laptop for wife who is starting a masters program. She will be using the computer for the most basic functions, email, web, paper writing, notes, itunes etc. I was planning on getting a 15" MBP but after reading about all the problems people have had I've decided on getting a refurbished 15" PB with a seperate iSight. I had a iMac G5 that had noise and screen problems that I ended up trading in for a G4 mini and 20" cinema display. My only hesitation is reading how much faster and smoother the MBP boots and generally runs OSX. She certainly doesn't need the extra power but having a speedy and smooth running OS is certainly nice. I don't want her to deal with any problems that don't seem to have a fix (whine, heat, etc.) or deal with returning multiple computers to try on find one that's right. An ibook or macbook is out, she likes aluminum... So stick with the PB or take a risk with MBP? thanks.