A cautionary tale of time wasted, and lessons never learned... Two months ago I sold my beautiful 4-month-old iMac G5 to purchase a shiny new MacBook Pro. I did this for no logical reason really. The iMac worked lovely. I knew about all of the MBP problems. And yet, the shiny newness that was the MBP would go home with me. Period. Unfortunately this was not the end of the story. Over the last few months I have gone through 4 replacement models of the MBP. Problems incurred on one or all of these computers include: whine/buzz, warped lid, uneven casing, poor volume control, extreme heat, malfunctioning keyboard backlighting, and various scraps and scratches added by careless Apple Geniuses. Tired of the problems and the bad customer service at two different Apple retail stores, I finally opted to return the computer (sans the 10% restocking fee) last week. I then immediately placed an order for a white MacBook via Amazon. I chose to do this for the obvious reasons: Portability, cost, and ridiculously similar specs to the pro models. Anyway, with the Amazon shipping delay driving me nuts, I finally broke down and visited an Apple retail store (which I swore I would never do again) to take a gander at my purchase in person. My thoughts on the MacBook are thus: 1. Very solid build. Perfect for a student. This thing feels indestructable. 2. Beautiful external case. I liked the white much better than the black, which looked kinda cheesy and cheap IMO. 3. Keyboard was fine. Not as responsive as the PowerBook or MacBook Pro, but definitely an upgrade over the iBook. 4. Magnetic latch is a winner. The latch on the MBP seems clumsy by comparison. 5. Glossy screen looks great (watching movies will be a pleasure), but could prove to be a pain-in-the-ass. Despite its good impression, I decided to cancel my Amazon order after leaving the store. I really can't point to any one reason. But every model in the store had something quirky about it. One had the squeeky lid (much worse than the whine/buzz), one had a warped case, the black one had the grease markings, etc... I think if you could judge a notebook by it's cover, I'd be happy. But once you open the lid everything is so...blah. From the fat lip around the screen, to the inaudible speakers, to the wonky power button - the MacBook just screams cheap. (And it is. I'm sure they will sell tons of these.) But I've gone back to the MBP, to wait out this mess of first generation Intel Mac portables in style - if not satisfaction. (I've just purchased a MBP - 2.0Ghz, 1GB RAM, 256 vram, 120GB HDD - for $1800 on ebay...complete with it's own set of shortcomings I'm sure). Not a happy ending by any means. But at some point, life must go on... My advice? If you can wait for the second generation of Mac portables - do so. If not, be prepared for possible disappointment and frustration, and be thankful that the lavish consumer purchases agonized over on this website are even possible. You're lucky, whine or not.