Been using my new 17"/i7/8GB/512SSD/matte since last night, and all I can say is, holy heck. If you're having doubts about paying for the SSD, don't. My machine sleeps, and wakes, instantly - zero wait, none whatsoever, I hit the wake button and half a second later I'm back in my app. Faster than my returned iMac 27" (R.I.P.) by far, it's not even comparable - the SSD makes a huge difference in usability if you're going to be using sleep mode at all. It also opens web sites, documents, etc. like it's on meth. Simply amazing. I haven't tried anything too huge on it yet that would tax the i7, just installing Office, loading some work spreadsheets, etc., but so far, this thing makes every computer I have ever used pale by comparison. My only niggle is that it the screen is not entirely uniform, there is definitely a little yellowing on the bottom half, comparatively, but I'm not using this thing for anything too color critical so no biggie for me and it's not noticeable in normal use.