I'm upgrading from the consumer line of laptops to the professional line for the first time in my Mac life (for six years, since I was 15). I started with the 12" iBook, the 14" iBook, back to the 12", and now the MacBook. My friends are also huge Mac fans, but whenever I mention I want the 17", they gave me a disgraced look, as if I've decapitated several puppies. "OH, NOCLEVER...IT'S HUGE! HAVE YOU SEEN THAT THING?!? IT'S A MONSTER!!!" "OH, NOCLEVER...IT WEIGHS MORE THAN YOUR AUNT SARAH." "OH, NOCLEVER...YOU COULD LIFT WEIGHTS WITH THAT THING." "OH, NOCLEVER...WHY ARE YOU GETTING A 17-INCH LAPTOP? ARE YOU COMPENSATING FOR SOMETHING ELSE? MWAHAHAHAHA..." (this one was said to me by an Apple employee when I visited the store, by the way) But really, it's only ONE POUND heavier than both the MacBook and 15" MacBook Pro. It's only an inch or so thicker...so what's the big deal? Didn't Apple release a study that having more screen space equals more productivity? The reason why I'm posting this is to get some opinions from 17" MacBook Pro owners. Is it REALLY that bad as some of my friends say? Is it really too heavy for you to take with you to work, school, etc.? (Forget battery life---I'll always have an extra battery with me as a backup, I'm talking the size and weight here) Do you really need to hire an assistant to carry it with you? Or is the 17-inch MacBook Pro the underappreciated machine amongst Mac fans in Apple's lineup? I mean, whatever it's like---it's certainly better than Dell's 17-inch "King Kong" Inspiron.