I am torn. The hi res model intuitively would seem like the way to go, however, a number of factors are pushing me towards getting the lower res version. Firstly, I won't be doing any tasks that require a lot of screen space . I will be throwing some processor-intensive tasks at it (video encoding, conversion, and a little bit of rendering), but nothing like photoshop. Then again, the extra space would be very helpful for multitasking. Secondly, I have glasses (which I have to wear all the time), and I am afraid that the text would be too small. I am looking at a 1680x1050 21.5 inch iMac as I type this and the text seems to be a tad large as far as size goes. This resolution on a screen much smaller might make it difficult to read text for me. Thirdly, I occasionally play games on my laptops. I am a casual WoW player and I have recently taken up Starcraft 2. The 330m is a rather underpowered GPU as it is and I think I would probably lose about 15-20% performance at 1680x1050 as opposed to 1440x900. I watch a bit of HD video and I do a lot of web browsing. No stores in my area have 15 inch hi res or 17 inch display models that I could check out. Cost is not an issue. Could anyone with experience of the hi res 15 inch or 17 inch displays give any advice? Is the hi res worth it for someone like me?