Amazon has the previous-generation MacBook Pro (15 2.4 GHz) for only $1444.00 after rebate with free shipping and no sales tax! The week before the unibody macs were announced, I sold off my 2.4 GHz white MacBook in anticipation of the update. The new models definitely look great, but I just couldnt justify the cost for what youre getting So now $1299.99 gets you an aluminum Mac with better graphics and an inferior processor. Id have to spend $400 more to get similar CPU performance to my previous model (but at least the hard drive is bigger and the keyboard lights up). The student discount is also less this time around making these Macs more expensive than the models they replace. I saw the Amazon price drop on the MacBook Pro (which was selling for hundreds more just last week) and I started thinking about the pros and cons compared to the new MacBook. Then I went to the Apple store and actually compared the two. The new Mac feels more solid but theyre both made out of aluminum and look/feel great. The new Macs trackpad is bigger but it has the same feel to it.. it doesnt feel like glass to me. Both trackpads support multitouch but the new one has the four finger expose now (no big deal, maybe theyll even update the old one). The glass on the new Macbook screen looks great but now if you drop it you have to not only worry about the LCD breaking but also the glass. Compared to the base 13 model, the previous-gen MacBook Pro has a faster processor, a much better dedicated video card, a higher resolution 15 screen, a larger hard drive, a backlit keyboard, firewire, and an actual dvi port. Most important to me is the difference in price. I live in Michigan where we have 6% sales tax. A new 13 base model MacBook would cost me $1,380 ($1,325 if I could still get a student discount) versus $1,444 for the much-better Pro model. I think the additional features are worth that extra $64. I also picked up a Kingston Apple 4GB RAM kit for $55, cheaper than Newegg charges even. The only things Im not a fan of are the keyboard (I prefer the chiclet keyboard), the matte screen (Amazon doesnt sell glossy, but honestly it isnt a big deal to me), and the Nvidia video card issue which is kind of concerning but at least Im protected for 2 years if there is a problem. The new models are currently unproven so they could eventually have their share of problems too.. Thats my story.