Ok so I know that you guys are going to flare up over this, but hear me out: Ill start with the background. Nearly a year ago I switched from an old 550mhz Gateway PC running win 98 to a G4 Powerbook 1.5 Ghz running 10.3.7. I was ecstatic, and loved every element of my mac. If anyone ever asked me what puter to buy, I would give a single reply: Macintosh. In January this year though, things altered a little, the MBP came out, and like most others, I just wanted one. I had been looking at the magsafe powerconnector, the built in isight, and had been blinded by apple marketing. This is of course, until last weekend. A Couple of weeks ago I switched my girlfriend from an old Toshiba laptop to a MBP. Rightly, she was over the moon, and my eyes turned a little green. The first time I got to use the machine was over the weekend, and I have to say, it was a BIG disappointment. Starting with the initial impact; when closed, the screen and the main part of the MBP were not directly parallel, but the screen seemed to rise up on one side. Next, the keyboard seemed to be a little more raised on one side than the other. Also, it ran so hot while idle, that it made my 12in powerbook feel cool - no easy feat! Becoming a little more picky, I didnt like the reflective Macbook Pro sign under the display, compared to my powerbooks matt powerbook sign, it seemed a little tacky. Finally, for all the macgsafes functionality (which was seriously impressive), it seemed a little dull due to the small status indicator light, not nearly as cool as the circular ring of light on the G4 power cables. Now dont get me wrong, this machine is awesome. The screen is something to behold - so crisp and bright, the isight is marvellous (much better now its built in) and it is faster (although for day to day tasks, its not that different). Also, none of the problems described above have any real impact on the machine technically, and indeed, this is a superior machine. The problem is, it just doesnt feel as though it lives up to the hype. The point is, I feel, that before the weekend I was looking to upgrading my powerbook, simply because of the hype and my marketing fuelled desire to own one, whereas now Ive seen it in reality, I see it as a laptop void of its previous charm, and indeed, for a £1800 puter (my girlfriend bought the high-end model), I expected more in terms of its build quality (uneven display/keyboard etc). To conclude, I am very excited of what may come over the next year or two thanks to the switch to intel. And the current MBPs are super machines technically. However given the choice at the moment, Id take my final revision PPC powerbook any day, its slower, granted, but it just feels more solid. The MBP just doesnt seem like the step-up I assumed it would be, Im sure in time it will be something to behold, but at the moment, Id only upgrade if I was seriously out of date (like my girlfriend used to be). Thankyou for reading, please add your comments, Student_trap P.S. Im not sure how relevant this is, but I was chatting to a couple of Genius at the apple store on Saturday for about half an hour (for some reason they werent as busy as usual), and they said that they on the whole felt similarly, and that they will continue to use G4 powerbooks behind the Genius bar for a while yet.