Hi Guys, I've managed to create a slight dilemma in my lovely world..obviously dealing with two specific notebooks. As it goes, I've been using an iMac since early '06 to do my graphic designs on; I did often use a PC during that time for design purposes, just not as much as the Mac. I've since freshly arrived in Canada with the intent to stay for about 2yrs. I don't currently have a PC or laptop for that fact, except this on-off use of an older bro's one. Getting down to it..I've always wanted a Mac laptop but with limited funds in a fresh country, I'm not too sure what to do. My original choice was the Macbook Pro 17" but since it didn't get updated to match the other Pro's I'm looking at the Macbook Pro 15" maxxed up. My other option is the HP HDX X18-1023CA, the specs I wouldn't change (unfortunately HDD is only 5400rpm but still easily bareable). The HP HDX-18 can be found here in CAD$ or more info on the US site here. I say the "1023CA" specifically because it's one of the two models offered here in Canada. Apple Macbook Pro 15" Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53GHz 4GB DDR3 RAM 320GB SATA @ 7200 NVIDIA GeForce 9400M and 9600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory 8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW) Ultrathin 15.4" LED-backlit display (1440x900) 2 USB 2.0; 1 Headphone out; 1 microphone-in; 1 RJ-45 (LAN); 1 ExpressCard/34 Slot; 1 FireWire 800 port; 1 Mini DisplayPort Apple Remote AppleCare Protection Plan $3,578.71 CAD (tax inclusive) = $4,249.44 AUD http://store.apple.com/ca/configure/MB471LL/A?mco=MTkzOTI0Ng HP HDX X18-1023CA Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz 4GB DDR2 RAM (I think DDR2) 640GB SATA @ 5400 NVIDIA GeForce 9600M GT with 512MB of GDDR3 memory Blu-Ray ROM with SuperMulti DVD±R/RW Double Layer 18.4" Diagonal High Definition HP Ultra Brightview Infinity Display (1920x1080p) 4 USB 2.0; 2 Headphone out; 1 microphone-in; 1 HDMI; 1 VGA (15-pin); 1 eSATA; 1 RJ-45 (LAN); 1 Expansion Port 3; 1 IEEE 1394 Firewire (4-pin); 1 IR (Remote Receiver) $2,079.19 CAD (tax inclusive) = $2,493.16 AUD Another alternative would be the Macbook Pro 17" with the 320GB @ 7200, Matte, 2.5GHz, AppleCare & Remote; for the same price as the above listed 15". I've listed Aussie Dollars as well because I really don't want to go over $4,000 AUD by too much - although a cap of $3,000-3,500 AUD would have been nicer - the mac needed spec'ing up. If I haven't already mentioned, I'll be using CS3/CS4 quite often..this more than anything. Mainly InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, as I design 70pp+ magazines and other print design (CD-DVD labels/slicks, workbooks, etc). Although I'm a huge movie / tv fanatic so will watch a lot of videos..with perhaps a future intent to cut and edit short films/videos. I also don't want to rule out the occasional gaming moment either (eg. COD5, BF2, Diablo3, etc..). Gaming won't be that big a deal though. I know this is a massively long post but hopefully those that take time out to read over it and shout out their opinion or experiences might be able to help my decision making in some way. I know enough in the technical word to get me by so I'm no noob just to clear that up. Thanks in advance guys. EDIT: Altered the specs and pricing to refelct the 2.53GHz configuration.