I have recently found myself in the very wonderful dilemma of deciding between the 15" Powerbook and the 17" Powerbook. I am hoping that other Powerbook owners can help me out with this decision. Currently my main machine is an iBook G3 800 12.1", but I am preparing to purchase a new powerbook, so my wife can have the iBook. I initially had my eyes on the 15" AlBook, but after taking both the 15 and 17 for a test drive at my local Mac store, I quickly fell in love with the 17". I really liked the way the hinge and latch felt on the 17" compared to the 15". I found it surprising how light it actually felt! But I'm still concerned with portability. Basically, I want to know just how well the 17" will fit into the routine I am used to with my iBook. I really enjoy the portability of my iBook right now and as such and spend a lot of time on the couch or in bed using it via airport. I don't have any trouble coding for 30-45 minutes (or longer occasionally) at a time with it in my lap. I do your typical web-browsing/email/chat while roaming around the house. I also cart it to school twice a week for note-taking and web-browsing. Will I have trouble doing this with the 17"? Does it get too hot for lap use? Is it too wide/heavy to be able to steady it on your legs while reclined and typing? If it ends up being that the 17" is really too big to make it do all those things well, I will be happy with the 15". I just liked the 17" better than the 15" overall after about 5-10 minutes with them in the store. Also, should I get favorable responses regarding the 17", I would like to make a purchase very soon, but I would like some advice on timing. Currently, the Apple store has 17" 1.33Ghz Refurbs available for $2499, which is really the limit of my budget for a new 'book. I would like to wait for the inevitably soon powerbook updates before buying, but I'm afraid I won't get the same deal. I want a new 17" laptop bag, too. I figure that when Apple releases updates to the Powerbook, the 1.33Ghz will be available from resellers at a discount, but I don't know if it will be as low as $2499. What do y'all think? Basically, I know I can't really afford a brand-new 17" powerbook even with the student discount, but I could afford a previous revision or refurb. Anyway, I suppose this is moot if the 17" really isn't portable enough for me. Thank you all for your help with this painful, wonderful decision.