I will be going off to college next year and I will obviously need a laptop. I am a business major so expect to have to run Windows XP or use Parallels frequently during class, otherwise I will be OSX. I do not do any heavy editing or heavy gaming beyond possibly The Sims 2 or 3. I will really only need my laptop for research, Internet, minor image editing, listening to music, watching movies, producing Word/PowerPoint/Excel documents, or using Skype. Just average college kid stuff. I didn't know though, since I will have to rely on BootCamp to run XP (7 when it's released) often, if I should invest in a more powerful MacBook Pro. I also do not know how important the FireWire port and ExpressCard slot are that are lost on the MacBook. The only reason I could think of needing FireWire is for my backup hard drive. My main concern is that Windows will bog my Mac down so I want to make sure it can handle what I throw at it. If I get a MacBook, I will get the highest configurable model. I just don't know if I should fork out the extra bucks for a middle road 15" Pro at $2600 and a faster hard drive. What are your opinions on the specs I need?