I've been trying out new MACs at Apple Stores. I want a 17" macbook pro LAPTOP or a top of the line iMac for music recording (Ableton Live / Mbox 2 / nothing too huge, mostly 8 to ten vurtual instrument tracks). My in-store test was to open GarageBand on various models (lots of wavefiles, loops, etc.) It seemed to take forever to open Garageband... and browse wavefile loops, even on a the 17" MacBook Pro Core 2 Duo 2.33 with 2Gigs of Ram and a 256 graphics card. Am I crazy? Why don't Macs seem "Zippy?" Is it because the ones in the stores are conected to the internet? Honestly, I just sold my 20" Imac with 2.0 Core Duo and 2 gigs Ram because of that very thing... solid, but hardly fast. Don't be haters... I just thought that the latest Macs would FLY, lightning fast!!! Ever try a PC with a high-end AMD processor? Whoosh.... Watch how fast Windows XP is on Parallels on the Mac... and that's with OSX in the background. I'm not going back to PC... I just don't get it... My Post #55: I don't know... I guess that it just comes down to the fact that I am discouraged with today's technology... that anything should lag or hesitate at all. Hello... it's 2007 now... Look at Japan: While Steve Jobs boasts in SF that the new iphone will have a 2.0 megapixel camera, the Japanese are cracking up! They have cell phones with 5 and 6 megapixel cameras. Or consider concept cars at big auto shows. We want those styles now, not ten years from now. Give us what we want!!! If Intel makes a Quad chip (which I know has already been tested in a mac pro and seems to work fine - do a search on it), then dammit... give it to us!!! Give the people what they want!!! Mac and Intel started making faster chips..... then they make more graphics-sucking applications, bells and whistles. It's like they are going back in time. I would rather have a faster computer than all of the cool graphics and crap. Can I get a witness?????