I caught the "waiting for Arrandale" virus, and finally got tired of waiting, looked up my options, and chose between these two. Macbook Pro 15 2.8 GHZ C2D 4 GB of RAM 9400m+9600m GT 500 GB 7200 RPM HD Internal Superdrive Integrated Battery 1400x900 or HP Envy 15 1.73 GHZ Core i7-720QM 6 GB of RAM Mobility Radeon HD 5830 500 GB 7200 RPM HD External BD-ROM USB Drive 6-cell+9-cell slice battery 1920x1080 Primary use (from highest to lowest): Web Browsing, MS Word/Excel/PPT, Gaming (Star Wars: The Force Unleashed only), Photoshop CS3 and Flash CS3 (soon to be CS5), and occasionally some video transcoding. When I work in Photoshop, a little less than half the time, I work at resolutions equal to or greater than 1920x1080. In Flash, I usually have a w/h of 1600x900 and 72 fps. I don't make long animations, just 5-20 sec. ones. OS Preference: I am impartial, though I have mainly used windows in my computing experience. So, which should I go with? EDIT: ADDITIONAL INFO Battery life: Need 3-4 hours, under the uses described above. Weight: Doesn't matter, I'm not extensively hauling it around. As for the disc-drive, I really don't need it unless I install by CD or watch DVD/Blu-ray (all of which happen only occasionally). Trackpad: Don't really need it, as I'll be using a bluetooth mouse with the notebook. It'll be primarily situated on a desk (though I still need the portability). The main thing I need from my laptop is performance- specifically, at multitasking, HD (720/1080p) video editing/transcoding, and some occasional gaming.