My feeling has always been, get the best computer you can afford - you'll be happier longer. But this summer I'm going to replace my G4 17" PB, and I'm in doubt. The MB is already much more powerful than my 1.5 GHz PB, so I know it will be a huge improvement. My needs: - Lots of translating work, with more than one window up - Multi-tabbed browsing - Ripping videos to my nano - Some photo editing - I'd like to use Aperture if possible. But I have to face the fact that in the next few years, I won't have time for much photo editing. So this is a minimal need until about 2011. I'm very spoiled by the 17" screen real estate. When I look at my husband's 12" PB, I don't understand how he stands it. And the real estate is necessary for my translating work - I need to have two documents / programs side by side, and switching back and forth would drive me buggy. But it's a fact that the 17" makes the computer pretty unportable. I'd take it with me more often if it were smaller. I'm thinking that a Macbook with a docking station (something like Bookendz) and a nice big external screen for working at home would meet my needs. That would even allow me to use dual screen mode. In addition, I'd get a much more portable laptop. Not going for the MBP goes a bit against the grain - but I can't deny that I'd be spending less with a MB, and still be getting a much better computer than what I have today. Ripping videos with Handbrake takes so long on my PB that I end up borrowing my son's iMac for that job. To be honest, I don't like the plastic on the MBs - I love the look of my aluminum PB now. But that's just cosmetic, and I don't want that to influence me too much when so much money is at stake. So - those of you who had the patience to read through all this - what do you advise? Will I be happy with the MB, and with the fact that I'll have extra cash to get an external screen and docking station, or will I just regret not having gone for the MBP?