I've been reading the posts on macrumors.com almost on a daily basis and something that bothers me..is the number of pbook complaints that users seem to have..from day one they have not been happy, kernel panics, 'white spots' on the lcd, etc etc. As a music producer, I have purchased (for myself and other studio owners) close to 25 powerbooks and NONE of them have had any problems whatsoever. Any production studio running mac gear will praise the platform..about its performance and reliability. A friend of mine was pretty anxious and hesitant to buy a powerbook upon reading these posts but he was persuaded enough by me to go ahead. Needless to say, while he was expecting the powerbook to have problems, it was flawless and its been a month now since he has been using it. The bloke carries it everywhere and apparently loves it more than his wife. I'm sure people might have problems with mac products but I find it hard to believe that something new..out of the box, would have a defect. Oh, we have quite a few ipods (the newly launched ones - 20 gb) ..once again, no scratch marks or grey areas..nothing.