i have had my mbp15 2.4ghz i5 wth the stock drive for some weeks now and overall am quite pleased with it. however i was expecting to be blown away by the speed of it since i am coming from a 1st gen eee and a dell optiplex gx270 2.0ghz p4 4x256mb ram from 2003 .....but i am not! in all honesty i must admit that i was expecting more, battery life is great and number crunching is far superior on th i5, but my P4 running Ubuntu 10.10 boots in around 17 seconds from cold start to gnome while the MBP15 with OSX 10.6.4 takes roughly a full minute for a full boot, that is around the same time my win7 boots and no where near ubuntu 10.10, is that normal? also i did a very scientifically sound experiment starting numerous apps like chrome, safari and opera. all of which take multiple 'bounces' to start where in ubuntu chromium starts near instantly. of course i couldnt even begin to run adobe cs5 on the p4 or the eee, but in lighter apps there is hardly any difference. i know a sandforce SSD would make a world of difference here and it is on my wishlist for 2011, but even with a 2010 HDD i was expecting more compared to the 2003 dell. was i hoping for too much?