I gave up waiting for a G5 powerbook, and bought a new Thinkpad T30. I am sorry to say this, but I am actually glad I did this, the IBM is the best built machine I've ever owned (except for a T23 which I used occasianally at work). The screen is really bright (I would say equil to the brightness of the powerbooks). Altough I wish the screen was larger then 14.1", I don't mind it b/c its much less fragile this way. The speed is amazing, it boots win xp pro in under 15 seconds. The dvd playback is flawless (as it is on the powerbook). I got it for just over $2000 with an educational discount. P4 1.9ghz 256mb 20gb (5400rpm travelstar 40gnx drive). The video card is the only problem with the machine, but I can live with it (16mb radeon 7500).