I need to expand my home computer network, and am considering either the 17" powerbook or the dual 2GHZ G5. My main computer now is a dual 1GHZ powermac tower with 1.5 MB RAM running a 23" Sony LCD digital display. I use it for research, running multiple applications, and digital photography/images. I am considering the 17" powerbook, or the 15.2" powerbook, or the dual 2GHZ G5. The powerbook would give me the mobility that I would like. However, I have tested them at the local compusa and apple stores and have been exceedingly underwhelmed with their lack of power and mediocre performance. The local compusa stores have even removed the images from the IPhoto application because of the slow response. The 2GHZ machine would give me the power and performance required to run multiple applications and to work digital imagery. Was wondering if anyone has used both of these macines, running multiple applications to include digital imagery work - running photoshop. Also, has apple solved the problems of fan noise, limited wifi range, and exceedingly low battery life in their powerbooks, or is it still an issue. As a side note, I don't think panther will do much for the performace - I installed it last night on my Dual 1GHZ G4, and have been pretty disapointed - still get the buggy login - requires two attempts to log in; it's a very long startup (very microsloth like); it disabled my nortons internet security; it disabled my logitech mouse,it disabled my Kodak software. Glad to see that apple and microsloth are collaborating.