A lot of thanks to anyone who can read through all of this and respond. Macbook Pro: Processor: 2.66 Ghz Core i7-620m Ram: 4 GB DDR3 Edit: Will later be upgrading to 8 GB GPU: Nvidia Geforce GT 330m 512 mb GDDR3 HD: 500 GB 5400rpm HD (will later upgrade to 1 TB, boot from install cd, and use time machine backup) Res: 1680x1050 8x Superdrive Price: $2263.26 HP Envy 17: Processor: 1.86 Ghz Core i7-740QM RAM: 8 GB DDR3 GPU: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 w/ 1 GB GDDR5 RAM HD: 2x 500 GB 7200RPM HD Res: 1920x1080 4x Blu-ray Drive Price: $2098. Screen size is of no matter to me, as anything that’s 15 inches or bigger is good enough. The only reason why I’m comparing and contrasting these two instead of the Gen2 Envy 15 is because I need the DVD/BluRay drive built in. Will Install Windows 7 Professional (either directly on the Envy or via Bootcamp for the MBP) 64-bit. The main applications I’m going to be using are: -Photoshop CS3 – Very large images. The PSD files are usually around 11-15MB, the photos themselves come in at around 8. -Dreamweaver CS3 -Flash- 1600x900 (for the sake of bitmaps) animations/games, @ 75fps w/ occasional export to mp4 -Adobe Illustrator- Usually simple shapes and logos, w/ the occasional 3d rendering for a letter, which then goes in my flash animations. For the 3d part, I need the 512 mb of RAM. Note that the version of CS3 I run is for Windows. -Once in a while, I run Handbrake/Realplayer SP Converter and convert 720-1080p movies to mp4/VIDEO_TS to MKV. -Blender -Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: War For Cybertron Aside from those, it’s the usual: Web browsing, watching videos, MS Office (2007,2010, and 2008 for Mac+iWork). Additional Info: Battery Life Requirements: Has to be at least 4 hours, under light-moderate usage (Browsing over wi-fi, word processing at 75% brightness, videos, etc.). Heavy-duty stuff (i.e. video transcoding) can usually wait for an outlet. (Note: The Envy gets ~6 hours w/ 6+9 cell battery, according to HP, but the whole second battery thing for me is kind of a hassle). Heat tolerance: This varies a lot from person to person. For me, I can really tolerate any heat below the pain threshold (think upper-left corner of Macbook Pro during processor-intensive stuff). In other words, I have a high heat tolerance. Virtual Machines: I’m going to be doing boot camp only, as most of the applications that I’ll be running in the windows partition are going to be performance-hungry applications (i.e. games, Adobe CS3 w/ video conversion, etc.). Gaming: I’m not really that much of a PC Gamer, just the occasional title here and there, and it doesn’t even have to be demanding or on high settings (anything a good deal better than a Wii is good enough for me).The games I’m going to be getting for the forseeable future include Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen & War for Cybertron (Windows, there aren’t mac versions). OS: I’ve worked mainly on Windows machines, and the computer I’m writing this from has Windows 7 on it. It’s really nice, but OSX outshines it. A friend of mine let me play with his early 2009 C2D MBP. But all of the software I currently use is Windows-based, though I would most likely be able to find replacements for all of them, save games and Adobe CS3 (the only paid programs I actually use aside from Office). General: There are 5 things I look for in a laptop: 1. It’s made of metal, not plastic 2. It has a backlit keyboard 3. It has a nice screen 4. It has a built in optical drive 5. It isn’t painful to use, in terms of heat. Portability: I’m not really going to be toting this around very often, just from room to room, upstairs and downstairs every once in a while, and it’ll make the occasional trip to the Library. I do plan to use it away from an outlet (i.e. on the couch) for a good hour at the least doing web surfing (reading/watching the occasional video) over wifi at 75+% brightness, with maybe some basic photo editing. Probably 2-3 hours. I’m going to be getting Adobe CS5 (Mac/PC, whichever I have when I get it) in December, so the only apps I'll Bootcamp for are games. I really appreciate any advice you could give me on this. And please don’t flame about the windows/PC vs OSX/Mac differences.