Bought my 2.53 15" MBP in Feb at the Christiana Mall Apple store in DE. I've had some issues, not major but they added up. I wasn't able to get back for a swap out till after the 14 days, but it was less than 30. Made it there last night. I was a little worried rolling the Apple dice, as I had no flickering on my 9c85 screen and the colors were good, but thought I'd chance it for a 3 month newer machine (mine was mid Nov). They happily traded mine for a new one, a 2.66 one at that. The manager I was working with and the techs who transfered my stuff over were all wonderful. Friendly and knew what they were talking about. Couldn't have asked for more helpful folks. What not to do while you're waiting....don't play with a 17" for a half hour. Just don't. I stuck with a 15" for traveling and ease on my older, bad eyes, but it really is not that much bigger. I've read here the many threads about dimmer screens on the 17 but I really couldn't tell much of a difference in the store. Plenty bright and the colors were great. I could probably get used to the resolution if I had to. Now that I've played with the new (mid Feb!) 15" for a day I can say it performs well. Battery door is still just a little loose but it sits level. The screen hinge is no tighter. It runs just a bit warmer. The screen is a 9C84, no dead pixels, much less backlight bleed, but, guess what, flicker. Win some, lose some. John B.