I'm a 3rd year college student attending UC Riverside, majoring in psychology and planning on going to grad school. My trusty 12" PowerBook G4 has seen a lot of wear and tear over the last several years and while it still runs well, I think I'm about ready to upgrade. I've put together a list of criteria, both wants and needs, that I'm looking at as I compare the black MacBook and the 15" MBP. I also have a couple questions. Needs 1. Portability. I love how easy the 12" is to toss in my bag and to carry around in my hand. I like that it fits easily on the small desks attached to most of the chairs in the classrooms and lecture halls (as well as other places). Will the 15" MBP be too "big" or heavy? 2. Comfort. I like the feel of the PowerBook's keys. I like the spacing and the pressure necessary for keystrokes. I wonder how much of an adjustment it would be to geet used to the odd-looking spacing on the MacBook keyboard. 3. Battery life. Due to constraints on my schedule, I am sometimes on campus for extended periods of time. I use my laptop to take notes, and don't always have a chance to recharge the battery. I realize that no laptop battery is going to last all day or even through three 1.5 hour lectures without turning off a lot of extraneous features, but longer is still better. Any word on a difference between the MBP and MacBook as far as this goes? Wants 1. Graphics. I'd like to be able to play games on my laptop. My PowerBook doesn't handle new games very well. Even World of Warcraft, which has fairly low standards compared to some modern games, needs to have every single setting turned down to run without staggering obnoxiously. Not to mention it makes the fan run loudly and constantly. Would the MacBook be able to run WoW smoothly or am I better off with the MBP? Questions 1. Discoloration. I've read in several places that the finish on the black MacBook can quickly wear away and become shiny. I can feel the places on my PowerBook where frequent use and contact with my skin has worn it smooth, but it's not obvious visually. Is this 100% inevitable and unavoidable? If so, that would be a point in the MBP's favor. 2. Matte vs. Glossy. I realize this may be one of those things where I just have to go down to an Apple store and see for myself. I've seen the lights in the lecture hall reflect off of other notebooks (both MacBooks and PCs) with glossy screens and I've wondered if it would be annoying. On the other hand, I like how shiny and bright the glossy screens look (even if they don't display colors "properly", a complaint I've read from some graphics-oriented users). My thanks in advance for any and all suggestions, opinions, and advice.