I've rocked MAC's for about 6 yrs. I'm not the 30 yr veteran, but the second I laid hands on one I became a fanboy. I have a MAC sticker (somewhat hidden) on my Mercedes and I don't allow stickers anywhere near my Benz. I started out with a G3 12" iBook (that I am typing on right now actually). I love this old thing and can't stand to let it die. Even though I have had to go in and fix the logic board every 6 months on it for the past few years (any other EE's in the house?) I have done it with the promise of having the book around for convenience since it will fit in my briefcase. I bought it a big brother a couple years back when I visited the Apple store and fell in love with the big flagship 17" PowerBook. Best purchase I have ever made MAC wise. It's still mint and tough as nails, never an issue. So with the coming of the new millennium I stepped into the next level and bought a MacBook to stay updated (to an extent). I love the brighter screen of the MacBook, and I like the extra 1.3 inches over my iBook. The glossy screen is nice looking...... as long as you are indoors in a room with mediocre lighting. I appreciate the self loading optical drive, though it can cause issues with different thickness media. Then the cons start to outweigh the pros from here on. -Heat is a number one issue with these books IMO. Warped cases, excessive wear internally from high temps, lot's of annoying fan action trying to keep the CPU cool. - Build quality externally. Several issues with the plastics and design such as the now infamous "hole" that develops in the deck as a result of the top screen spacer resting on that spot. Yellowing issues reported. Bottom cases cracking, tied into the heat issue. - Build quality internally. Integrated graphics card on a duo core machine is disappointing, especially the one that was used. On PC machines the driver that is designed for this integrated sound card actually causes stuttering in the video and audio, I have fortunately not experienced this (yet) on the MacBook driver. The use of this video card by Apple on a machine that had so much potential was obviously done to keep the Macbook from stealing customers away from the MacBook Pro side of things. With better temp control, the MacBook could stick a fork in the Macbook Pro with a high performance graphics card because people would buy it for size. Why would Mac limit this market where they do not have a more portable smaller machine in the 13in range with good media abilities? Obviously something is planned for the future to be small in the 13in range with stand alone graphics card integration. I just don't believe they'd leave this market alone without a reason. Still, this is about the MacBook and here they leave users hanging. Though the build quality is a disappointment, the real issue I have with the MacBook is how much potential it had, only to be choked down. I bought this machine to replace my 17" Powerbook. I figured core duo, faster processor, more ram ability.... upgrade, ...........right? I mean, that WAS the point of buying a newer generation book. The graphics card is so BLAH that whatever potential the MacBook had to be a serious machine was instantly choked out of it and limited to it's graphics processing ability. Surfing the net is limited to whatever the integrated GMA will allow, photoshop is limited to whatever the GMA will allow, even coverflow....... No matter how much ram you shove in it, you are limited to whatever the graphics card will allow, which in the GMA isn't much..... as I found out after having to buy the computer and experience it for myself to know exactly how it performs. The verdict is that I went from a 17" flagship model that was "outdated" to a 13" mid grade model that was "current" and the final word is that my Powerbook would rock this macbooks world. I think Apple made a good attempt with the MacBook. I really do. It has enough specs to draw you in and get you excited, but is bottlenecked by design to limit the abilities to it's restrictions. My advice to MacBook potential owners is to realize that while the specs are impressive enough to make you interested, look deeper into the system at the limitations that bottleneck what could be a monster of a laptop in a 13" case. Duo core, 2+g, 3 and 4 gig ram potential, all of this catches the eye and draws you in to the purchase..... but realizing the integrated graphics card cannot process on the level of a 3 yr old Powerbook makes all that fury seem like a little puppy rather than the mean dog it is pushed as. These specs mean NOTHING if you cannot process the video and audio that could potentially be used with them. The GMA is a weak and flawed graphics controller that can choke even on some flash games making your 3 gig of ram and duo cores useless. My hats off to Apple for continuing their work to make better products for todays environments and keep with the flow, but in an effort to keep the MBP the top dog they have had to choke the MB's impressive specs into a limited package that will never reach it potential. If they would have just kept the leash off it's neck, it would have been a monster even with the obvious physical design flaws. If you need small space and a fast package, the MacBook is a sure winner. However if you want to pump it up and stay under $1000, I'd recommend the last generation of Powerbook. You'll end up with more for your money. You are obviously free to disagree with my perspective, but you can't change it's limitations or the fact that the 1st gen rev A macbooks were already more than the graphics card can handle so B, and C performance boosts are pointless with the exception of the few fixes to common issues. Don't buy them for performance. The specs of the rev A far outrun the GMA card. The rev D finally got a decent card, so kudos to that move. ........and I'm still a fanboy.