So I am in a conundrum, but a good one to be in. I went to the Apple store today and had my eyes set on a new MBP. However I am having a hard time deciding between the 15in and 17in. I am a graduate student, spending time in both a research lab as well as studying. Basically I would be using the laptop for running data analysis, Excel (making graphs), Word, Powerpoint (for presentations), internet, email...etc. For my personal use I would also be using it for some basic video editing; home videos, skiing and hiking videos, vacation videos...etc. Nothing to fancy, just for personal use. I am planning on going with the 2.93 Ghz, 320 GB 7200 HDD, 4 GB ram, as well as the 24'' LED Display. So far here is my break down of the pros and cons of the 15 and 17in: 15in Pro's: - Price (saves $300 over the 17in) - Easy removal of HDD so that I can easily change to a SSD when they become more affordable and larger in size - Lighter/ more portable Con's: - Glossy screen - Won't be able to support 8GB of ram - Battery charge doesn't last as long as 17in 17in Pro's: - Supports up to 8 GB of ram - Better battery (8hr charge and should last life of laptop) - Have the option of the matte screen - Larger screen Con's: - Price premium for 17in - Not as easy as 15in to replace HDD - Larger footprint - Not as portable So I'm having a hard time deciding between the two. The lab I work in has a lot of fluorescent lighting, meaning it would be almost impossible to reduce the glare/mirror effect of the glossy screen. However, hopefully with changing the angle and brightness of the screen I can lessen the effect. Luckily while at the lab I don't really need it to be 100% perfect. With the 24'' LED Display I will have the same glossy screen, at least it will be at my home where I can somewhat control the environment. Any thoughts guys?