I received a new MBP yesterday ... it's a 17" standard res, 2.5Ghz, 4GB Ram, 250GB HD: Good: The display is beautiful. After the system was ordered, I realized that the standard display for the 17" did not have the LED backlight. I was worried that it would look as dim as the Dell D520 it is replacing ... but, it is bright and evenly lit. Also, the order paperwork (3rd party vendor used by my company) listed the display as glossy even though I wanted the Matte finish. Thankfully, the display is the Matte version. Love the "thinness" compared to the Dell. Performance test: Handbrake on my C2D 1.83Ghz Mini was ripping at ~17fps ... MBP at 32fps. No dead pixels!!! I seem to be lucky ... the only LCD display that I have ever had dead pixels on was the very first ViewSonic 15" that I paid $1200 for. Strange: The MBP was reporting 97% battery and I was using it, but it suddenly went to sleep. I was only able to "wake" it by plugging in the power. I need to spent some time in system prefs to get things configured that way I like them. Not-So-Good: The closure latch seems to be constructed for people with very thin fingers. I really have to carefully push it in with the tip of my finger to get the display up. Bummer: The MBP is just a little too big for my SwissGear backpack. Next steps: I am planning to install VMware Fusion and load up a WinXP image to move all of my work crap to the MBP. I am not planning to do the BootCamp thing because I never play games and based on how I use my Mini, I prefer to be able to suspend the Windows VM. If you go the BootCamp route, then the VM for Windows must be shutdown completely ... no suspend. I also need to look at getting a USB hub for my home and work offices so that I can just plug in one USB plug to connect my keyboard/mouse/iPhone when I start work. With the Dell, I used a dock, but for the Mac, I will be doing a bunch of manual connections for the USB stuff, plus power and my 22" displays. I am also hoping that I can get Adobe to switch my CS3 license from Windows to Mac ... one can always hope!