So I have been eyeing a MBP for a while now, since May. From day one I assumed I would get a MBP. I have been thinking for a while now that a MacBook would be all I need. I am a first year engineering graduate student in bioengineering. I am doing class work as well as lab work. Software I will be using (ranked from most to least): 1. Web browsing and e-mail 2. Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel) 3. iLife (making my website, organizing photos and music that are on external HD) 4. Matlab for numerical methods homework, maybe some lab realted work 5. Maybe LabView, programming only (no data collection) 6. Maybe ABAQUS, object creation, meshing and simulations on remote server I will be taking this to and from class/lab to home everyday for the next 4...5...well, let's say 5 years (or life of computer). I have a lot of resources for more intensive computing. I am mainly looking for the software above and portability (take when traveling, etc.). Right now I have a 1.7GHz P4 Toshiba, 768 MB Ram, 40 GB HD, nVidia GeForce4 440 (32 MB dedicated). I have had it for 4 years and it has at one point run all the software above without a problem, but it is about done. I will be purchasing 2.0GHz, 1gig ram (2x512), and 80GB HD My comparison: MBP: Better video card, bigger screen---$2128 (w/AppleCare) MB: 0.4lbs lighter, up to 6 hrs battery (1.5 more than MBP), 12.16 cubic inches smaller, I like black color---$1672 (w/AppleCare) Difference: $456 Am I missing anything? Anyone have experience with the software, specifically Matlab and Labview?