Macbook pro 17" base model: # 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo # 4GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X2GB # 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm # SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) # MacBook Pro 17-inch Hi-Resolution Glossy Widescreen Display # None # Backlit Keyboard (English) / User's Guide Price: $2650 with educational discount (Canadian price) Dell Studio 17": #intel® Pentium® Dual Core T4200 (2.0GHz/800Mhz FSB/1MB cache) #Bright, Hi Resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch RGB LED display #(1920x1200) #4GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 800MHz #Size: 500GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) #256MB ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3650 #8X Slot Load CD / DVD Burner (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive) #85 Whr Lithium Ion Battery (9 cell) #Dell Wireless 1510 802.11 n half mini-card #bluetooth #backlite keyboard Price: $1309 for everyone. (Canadian price) So obviously the MBP is better. It has a much nicer case, looks better, has a better battery, is probably thinner and a bit lighter, has a faster processor/ram/video card, etc... But the bottom line is that the dell offers more ports and expandability, and although it won't be as fast it will do everything the macbook pro will do. For example for most people who don't do a lot of really intense work, but want the 17" for the nice big screen, the extra horse power is wasted. I would love something like the dell, but in a Mac. I don't care if the specs are low I just want the extra screen space! Obviously OSX is better but seriously. The 13" MBP is actually a good deal if you compare it to similar offerings from other companies, but the bigger models are a bit extreme. I didn't realize the price difference was so extreme.