I like the idea of buying at a B&M store since I could check the screen and ports and everything on the spot. However, it's doubtful that I'll get a stock item so that leaves me with the online store. (right?) Can I have the best of both worlds and buy online but take delivery in-store? Or should I take delivery here and bring it to the store? Or doesn't it matter? I've been a user (evangelist) since 1985 so it won't be my first Mac. Up to now I've always bought stock items (+RAM) so MacZone has been fine. The object of my lust is a 17" MBP w/HiDef. I assume this is a BTO since it's an on-line option. BTW - A major concern for me is how the MBP deals with my Sony HC1 camcorder (HiDef). Seemingly at random, some iMacs and MBs recognize it and others don't. I've tested this in the Apple Store and no one has been able to explain it. If I compromise and get a 15" stock machine + ACD will they allow me to test in the store before accepting the unit? Sorry - lots of questions in one thread. Thanks.