I have a friend that always calls me when his Windows computer crashes or when his popup or spyware blocker is not running for some reason. I have been talking to him over time about Apple computers and he finally decided to buy a laptop for his wife because he was always tying up the main computer. At first he was looking at getting the 17" MBP, mainly because of the screen size. He has trouble seeing and likes the large 19" monitor he has now. I originally tried to talk him into getting a cheaper MB and a 20" iMac for the same money he would be spending on the 17" MBP. I know he is secretly planning on using the computer more than his wife and she will be stuck with nothing again. Now that the new MB and MBP's are out I was really pushing him to get the 15" MBP. The reasoning was the 17" was way more than he needed and the hi-res option he wanted would not really help with his vision, it would make it worse. Here were my points: The 15" is a nice size to lug around (he was planning on using it for Church presentations). Resolution is less so things would look bigger, not smaller. He runs in 800x600 resolution on a 19" monitor His 19" sits back on his desk about 19" away, so if you put a 15" right in front of your face (because it is a laptop) it would still look big. He could still connect the 19" monitor and use it and have a larger screen at home. It was less expensive and we could add some of the features and options (like Timecapsule) and the price would still be lower. I have been feeding him reviews and such be he emailed me today with this one and of coarse he is wanting the 17" now again because of the glossy screen and customer support problems. I think the original spec he was looking at was the hi-res LED option on the 17" which was glossy only at the time. http://mossblog.allthingsd.com/20081026/macbook-pro-tradeoffs/ Which way do you think he should go? I just emailed him and said it was his money and choice, do what you want. I get tired of helping people that don't listen. This is mainly a computer for email / word / powerpoint. It was originally for his wife only for photos and making cards but he is going to take it over, I just know it. If it is truly for his wife then the 17" would not work well because of the weight (she is having back problems and such).