The fedex man came a day early today with my new 17inch MPB. I've always been a PC person so this whole mac thing is quite new to me. Anyway, so far I've been pretty impressed and glad that i bought it now. I love the packaging, I suppose that's just one of Apple's marketing tricks. Regardless, it screams quality. The design of the notebook itself is beautiful. I love the overdone simplicity. That's something I can't stand about traditional (pc) laptops, they always have too much going on. Taking it out of the box it almost seemed too nice to use (i don't know if anyone else has ever had this feeling, perhaps i'm just weird.) so far hardware wise everything has been fine. the laptop has gotten pretty warm sitting for extended periods of time on a table but nothing hot or burning as some people have experienced with earlier 15inch models. It's also almost been completely quiet, something i'm rather impressed with. i'm sure this will change when i do more instense computing with it. the superdrive seems a bit loud in comparison but that's probably because i'm not used to using laptop optical drives. i went with the matte screen and i'm still glad i did. it has the perfect representation of colors and contrast for me which is good for doing photo and print work on. i also can't stand any sort of glare, so when i compared the two in the apple store that's what sold me on it. the 1680x1050 resolution is perfect for that size of screen in my opinion. 1900x1200 would be too tiny (for my taste) and anything lower would be a waste of screen space. i upgraded the ram to 2gb. i suppose this isn't really a design flaw, but for being user replaceable i think the ram could have been a little easier to access. i know it's not something that's expected to be done everyday but it was a little harder than expected. i suppose i'm just used to working on desktops. i've been just as impressed with the software. so far osx is fantastic, it seems like there's so much to learn. i've used both windows and linux and for me it's the perfect combination of the strengths of both. osx just feels fluid and it just works, i don't know how else to describe it. i've never really enjoyed using an os before now, but it just makes the experience a lot better. sure nothing really beats the speed of a fresh xp install, but for long term use, osx just seems really nice. i'll see how that works out. i installed xp pro on a 10gb partition just in case i ever need it for anything. so in my case, my first 24 hours with this machine have been fantastic. almost...too good. i'm now waiting for some sort of catch. for the notebook to burn my hands, or to have the nasty whining problem or for osx to crawl or crash, or for the computer to break or scratch under normal use. i don't know, i suppose i'm being a little pessimistic, but for being a convert, i feel like there has to be a catch. loving this machine so far!