Well, I have been wanting a mac laptop for at least 4 years. I finally have a great job and have finally be able to afford a laptop. I chose the 17" MBP. I love it! It's just a gorgeous machine. The screen is taking a while to get used to. I am used to a desktop screen so having the display lower then I am used to is a bit odd. The illumination isn't too bad though. It doesn't bother me. I think its pretty well evenly lit. It is a bit brighter on the bottom, but I had that on an iMac g4 so no issues there. I'd rather have it evenly bright on the bottom instead of blotchy. (that was how the imac g4 was looking, blotches of bright at the bottom it was bizarre.) Overall, this machine is wicked fast. I got the 2.33ghz, 2gb ram and 160 hd. It's so sweet. The superdrive is damn loud though. Maybe I have a odd drive... it's really a lot louder than I had though it would be. This is one sweet machine. I am calibrating it now. I do have a question though. Would it be okay if I let it sleep overnight then fully charge in the morning? I know in the manual it said 5 hours.. but there is no way I am waking up in the middle of the night to recharge my battery.