Hi, I've been a patient reader of Macrumors for a while and have finally decided to post as I need some advice. I currently use a PowerBook G4 15" (that I love) and have waited for the current laptop updates since earlier this year. I wasn't initially impressed with the new form until yesterday when I used both notebooks in an Apple Store. I was flat out stunned with the design and performance of both. I'm willing to live with the gloss and guess I might have to live without FW too. I simply can't decide between the models though. Whereas I love the size of my current PB, the new MBP does just feel slightly bigger (aside from the sleeker look). However, the Macbook is pretty nice too - especially with it's smaller design. I mainly use my computer for Aperture, iTunes, Mail, iMovie, Internet, most of the MS Office suite then with a whole host of other apps. I would also like to get into using PhotoShop as my current laptop has never been able to handle it. I also look forward to using VMWare to finally run EViews, SPSS and other statistics programmes. Whereas the small size of the Macbook appeals to me, I'm sure I'd miss the screen real estate of the 15" and much more importantly to me - the future proof of the machine. I understand the Macbook is a great notebook, especially in its new body, but the new MBP seems like it has so much more power to tap into over the coming year. I rarely travel with my laptop but like to know that I can. I want something that will comfortably last the next three years (at least) and hence money is not that big an issue. The loss of FW is a real shame in the MB as I really appreciate the speed of FW800 over USB2.0 but guess I'd have to get used to it. I think the choice would be between the 2.4 Macbook and 2.53 Macbook Pro. My main question is regarding the next speed bumps for the machines. Although I now think that the current laptops are beautiful, they don't seem to be much more powerful then their predecessors. When will the next boost be delivered? What is to be expected from announcements at Macworld in January? ....as I believe that is now the longest I could wait to replace my trusty PB. Also, do any current Macbook users noticeably recognise the difference between the quality of the monitors on the MB and MBP? Will the new Macbooks appreciate the introduction of Snow Leopard as much as the MBP? I trust that the Macrumors community has their ear to the ground and are slightly more informed than me. Many thanks for reading, I appreciate any advice on the matter.