I've had a look around the forums to see if anybody has discussed this topic (given it it's own thread) and it doesn't look like it... sorry if this is a repost! While I think the new MacBook has some great features, the use of integrated graphics cards really turns me off. I find that this often shortens the useful life of the computer, and the machines flexibility. When the Mac mini's came out with them I was shocked, but with the new MacBooks I see a distrubing trend here that's got me worried. Which brought up a few questions: Are they just trying to keep the cost of their machines low at the expense of the lifespan of the computer? Are there design or space issues that make integrated cards more efficient? Are they trying to get us to update our computers sooner? Why don't they make a version with a non-integrated card? Maybe upgrading things like this is not much of an issue for some, but I'm still running a 466Mhz G4 at home, I've upgraded the RAM, Hard-drive and Video card and it's running strong, on 10.4.6 no less! IMHO the video card extended the "functional life" of my computer considerably. I know when recommending PC's to family I've steered them clear of integrated graphics machines (or at least made sure there was a dedicated extra video card slot). I'm worried that this might put off some users that are a bit beyond the 'web-surfing / checking email' crowd, but don't want to shell out the extra $$'s for the pro-line of computers. So what do you think, is this something your worried about? Would you recommend the integrated graphic card computers to friends?