I thought people were over-exaggerating about the 17" unibody mbp being overly dim.. but wow it is REALLY that dim! I went last night to buy a mac mini and I just remembered, oh yea the new 17" unibody I need to check it out. Anyway I walked by and spotted it and went up to it and instantly I noticed the brightness was very dim. I thought to myself.. is the power unplugged?? NOPE, it was plugged in and then with cat like reflexes I tried to put the brightness up but nope it was already at full brightness!! All I can say is that I'd never be interested in it until its actually resolved with the dim backlighting. Hopefully the firmware will be coming.