I'm in a bit of a quandry. I'm off on a plane for a wedding and some family holidays for 2.5 weeks, and as usual, life and work are not going to let me off the hook until I get some more things done for the office. I need to get some graphics done, and I've been using Pages. Not high end, but the program does a great job for the brochures my department needs to get out. Because I'm traveling, I won't be able to use my iMac or Mac Mini (Intel CD2 versions). So, it's back to my aging 17" G4 PB. I have the last one before they switched (sigh) - it's the 1.67 GHz. Great for everyday use; not so fast anymore for photo/graphics use. I normally use a small 12" HP tablet for travel and teaching, but it doesn't run Mac software of course. I was all set to get a MacBook Air - mainly for its portability - but then one of the retail specialists advised that if I'm handing large photos (yes, I will be), then the MB Air might be not be the workhorse I'm looking for. I need to ensure decent resolution for press/prints. For only $200 Cdn more, I can obviously get the MB Pro. I've decided that if I pursue this, I'd go with the 15" for more portability. But now we get into the never-ending "wait for the update" drama. The stickler is that I like to travel light as possible, and I don't think the 15" qualifies. I'd like for whatever I get to be more versatile. Yes, yes... I know, if I need, just buy it. The problem is I'm not sure how much I need it. While slower, my 17" PB has a nice large screen for working, and it still does work. But the mouse button is sticky, the USB ports don't seem to be able to power a portable hard drive, and it has the occasional squeaking noise (! what? don't know...). So, a hardware crash or problem while traveling would be a semi-disaster. It's been a long time since I've taken this PB on the road, so I'm not sure how it holds up anymore. The kicker is that I thought I only had to update one brochure while away; just yesterday, I was asked to do another one, and this one will be a fair sized job (lots of editing, text, photos, etc.). I want something lighter for long term use, but have this short term need. I'm tempted to just haul my 17" PB along: not as portable, but it does the job and I already have it. I don't want to impulse buy and get a new 15" MB or 13" MB Air when I might have the luxury of waiting. Then again, I will be doing some more intense work (graphics) rather than just email or word documents. Any advice? Thanks.