It had to happen to someone, it always does. I was the guy that ordered the MBP 17" on October 19, and the new C2D dropped on October 24. I didn't even have it a full day. Imagine my feeling as I read macmall's no-return policy and realized I was stuck. And now for the same price, some nice improvements. I got burned. I've been trying to deny it, you know, look at the glass half-full. But on the basis of cost vs. features... I can't deny the facts. Even if the "39% improvement" on benchmarks is an overstatement of general-use performance, C2D is certainly better. I am trying to enjoy it. When I took it out of the box, I loved it without knowing it... my first Mac. The engineering, ergonomics, and attention to detail are second to none. No PC laptop I have ever used can compare to the build quality of the MBP. I remember thinking, "This is the way it is supposed to feel." I am sure it is good enough for me, but like many of you, I am spending $$$ on pro-grade laptops because I make my living with them. I am not angry at anyone; I should have read MacMall's policy in advance. And it was still anyone's guess when the C2D MBPs would hit the street when I ordered. Sorry if it seems like I am whining. I am fortunate to have this MBP. I know I would be sky-high if the new release hadn't happened.