I got my MacBook Pro on Tuesday night! It cost me an arm and a leg (luckily I brought extras ), it was $2000 for the base model MacBook Pro, $220 for 2GB of Patriot RAM, $130 for the extra battery and $350 for the AppleCare subtotal $2909.25 . Although it was worth it because this is FAST, it's even faster than my overclocked desktop computer I had to sell to get it. I've had no hardware problems so far and everything has been running smoothly, save for the windows partition of coarse . On my iBook if I was encoding multiple files then I would have to do it overnight and it still might not be done when I got up, but on my MBP I can start encoding and then do other stuff at the same time and it will still be done in an hour or two. I'm really impressed that it takes less than 5 seconds to encode a 12MB file. The 2GB of RAM is really useful, 768MB was not enough by far which is what I had in my old iBook. Even photoshop is much faster, I did the photoshop test on my iBook and got some crazy high time of 14 minutes , while on my MBP it takes less than 4 minutes. And when the UB of photoshop comes out it will improve even more, which will be really nice. I don't seem to have the heat problems on the MBP either, the normal temp seems to be around 115F or 46C, which is just a bit more than my iBook was. Although what is weird is that when playing an AVI file in the UB of VLC I get around the same Processor usage as my iBook. MagSafe is also really useful, you wouldn't believe the state that my iBook power adapter was in , I tripped over it at least 6 times and by the end I had to get out the pliers and bend it back into shape. Also I really like the aluminum casing, after this I could never go back to the plastic casing that my iBook had. Now all I have to do is find a way to change my username .