Hey, i was wondering if i could get some advice about a possible switch to a new 15" unibody MBP. My current computer is a 17" hi-res glossy Santa Rosa Macbook Pro 2.4GHZ, 4GB RAM, 160GB 7200rpm. Through some strange twist of fate my mum dropped my 6 year old 667 DVI Tibook at home one day and broke it. She initially thought that was that until she decided to give the insurance company a call, explain what happened and see if they could do anything. Anyhow, they collected the laptop and took it away to see if it could be repaired. About 2 or 3 days ago they phoned her and said that unfortunately they couldn't get replacement parts to repair it so instead they offered to replace it with a new 15" unibody worth roughly 2000 euro!!! Now I'm currently abroad working in New Zealand but i'll be back home in Ireland for a few weeks in March. I really enjoyed using my 17" for the past year and my main uses are amateur photography with a canon 450d, itunes, gaming, stop motion animations etc. The hi-res screen is beautiful and has alot of screen real estate which is perfect for photos, movie editing and dvds. It is heavy though and i especially notice it when travelling. Also there is the issue of the potential graphics failure. I have a well padded crumpler backpack but its still a significant weight to carry. I remember that my 15" Tibook was lighter and much more portable. I really like the look of the new unibody MBP and I especially like the fact that its more durable in construction and easier to upgrade the hard drive. I'd probably stick with a traditional HD for the moment but having the option to literally pop in an SSD in a few years is very appealing. The unibody Im looking at more than likely is the 2.53GHZ model with 4GB RAM, 320GB HD 5400 rpm and 512MB graphics card. If possible, and the insurance company will allow it I would like to pay an additional excess to maybe customise that to a 2.8GHZ with 320GB 7200rpm HD. I would collect the laptop when i get back home to Ireland and then give my mum my current 17" macbook pro. Now my question is this. Does that seem like a step forwards or backwards? The situation is unique in that money is not an issue because either way the broken Tibook is gonna be replaced. Has anyone gone backwards from a hi-res 17" to a 15" mbp and if so was it worth it for the extra portability? I realise that its not a major upgrade cos the systems are only a year apart but on the otherhand it will be essentially getting the latest and greatest for free which might come in handy for Snow Leopard. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated and thanks in advance.