For the past few weeks I have been debating the eternal MB vs MBP choice because I want to get a new laptop before I graduate from college in May. There are pros and cons to each, so I was really very undecided. I still am to an extent. I went to Best Buy to test things out and see what I liked about each. Here are my observations. - The MBs on display were MUCH hotter on the bottom compared to the 15" MBP - The screen size difference wasn't too obvious to me - The MB trackpad wasn't as responsive. - The black MB now benefits from not attracting fingerprints like before (there were still SOME, but not nearly a magnet like previously) - The MB actually seemed more durable and more sturdy than the MBP - The matte screen on the MBP is REALLY NICE! It is much brighter than the MB. I thought I would prefer glossy, but compared side by side both screens produced VERY rich color, but the MB added reflection. - The rubber edge around the MBP wasn't flush with the aluminum casing. There was a small gap that when pressed in came back in contact with the aluminum. Is this normal? Basically, I want a laptop but I really don't do anything too intense. I don't play games or work with 3D stuff. I do a lot with Photoshop and basic junk. Both machines would be GREAT for me. But because of the clearance on MBPs I can get a new MBP for only $250 more than a black MB. Thats an insane deal. Both MB and MBP have known issues. The MB issues, though, seem to sprout up after some use (like case cracking), while the MBP problems seem to be there when delivered. That would make it easy for me to just return it knowing the problem up front. For those who are experienced with both, which one will last longer with the least problems? I want something that will last like 5 years without too many issues. It seemed the build quality of the MB actually BEAT MBPs - is this correct? Thanks everyone!