I just got my first Macbook Pro last week, it replaced HP 17 i7. I had the hp for six months, liked it at first... I thought it was a beast. Did not buy the mac at the time thinking it was too expensive... unfortunately the hp was big, hot and power hungry...worked as a desktop replacement but battery life was too short (1 hr 45 min ) to move it anywhere. Even with a cooling pad heat was a constant problem...it had a blue-ray (I used it only couple of times) Hi def screen and still... I did not like it that much only after couple of months. When the new MBP came out, I forced my brother to by the HP from me and jumped on the mac wagon. The learning curve was steep at first but once I figured most of the basics it is becoming easy..HP built quality is good for a pc notebook but pales next to macbook pro. The mac just works: does not crash does not act up and the battery life is great, it gets warm when i run the handbrake but nothing like the hp. I've been reading MacRumors forums for about a week now and thought to drop a line or two about my experience with those two notebooks.