Hey guys, i apologise in advance - there seems to be a lot of these threads around but i seem to have reached a pinnacle of indecision. I'm buying a laptop for college this fall and have been working a lot to save up money to get one so that in conjuction with graduation money, I'm able to get whatever i want I've been a PC/linux user (cheapo Dell desktop), but my parents have been Apple fans for almost 20 years (now have a G5 iMac) and have won me over. So, the much repeated question: Pro or no? I'll be using this computer for normal college stuff - work, web browsing, instant messeging (video conferencing?), movies, storing pictures and music. I'm going to be a Political Science major and I'm planning on double majoring with Music (concentration in jazz composition), so I'll be using Sibelius (composition program) as well. I'm not very into photo/video editing, and I don't play many graphics intensive games (more like Civilization, Starcraft/Warcraft II, Caesar III, AOE) and even then no more than maybe twice a week. I've checked them out in the Boston Apple store, which didn't make my decision any easier. I'm kind of a stickler on screen space - I've used my sister's 12" iBook and hated it. While it may be really portable, the screen feels really cramped. I checked out the 17" at the Apple store and loved the screen space and it didn't seem that non-portable. However, the store rep. told me they'd been on since the store opened (about 6/7 hours ago) so I felt all around to see how hot it was. Generally, the top. On the bottom, most of it was as cool as the palm rests, except near the battery - burning hot!!! I couldn't keep my hand there for more than a few seconds without it being unbearable! The macbooks seemed better on heat, probably because its casing isn't a thermal conductor. I really liked the glossy screens, much better than the PC ones I saw in Best Buy. The rep also made a good point that the matte screen wasn't too great outside either. I moved the computer around as much as I could and there was some reflection and glare, but it was definately tolerable and probably worth it. I couldn't really make up my mind about the screen, I was kind of back and fourth, but I suppose I could use the 17" lcd that I've got with my desktop if it really got to me. So what do you think? Would it be worth it to go for the pro or stick with a maxed out blackbook? My main concerns are battery life, overall build quality, does the screen seem cramped, is integrated graphics really that bad, and heat. With the money I'd save with a macbook, what sort of accessories would you recommend?