I'm looking to buy a macbook and wondering if it's worth the extra dough to get a pro model. Primarily I just need a computer for typical use, email, internet browsing (streaming video), iLife, and MS Office. However, I do like to do video editing. As a student who also works I don't have as much time to spend editing video as I'd like, but I do it often enough that I need a computer that can do it well. I have a sony handycam that shoots HD video in AVCHD, stores it on an internal HD, and connects to a computer via USB 2.0. Because of this, the lack of a firewire port on the MB doesn't bother me too badly (although it may someday for another reason... how likely is this?) As far as the size of the screen, I think I can deal with 13 vs 15, and certainly external displays are an option. (Can anybody tell me if the MB or MBP can run on an external display w/ external keyboard and mouse while closed, or does closing the laptop always put it to sleep? Not a huge deal, I'm just curious) Anyway, on to what I REALLY want to know... It looks like the MBP can run laps around the MB as far as framerate for 3D games, because of the discrete GPU (I don't play games on my mac, though, that's what I bought my PS3 for!), but the benchmarks for the aged effect in iMovie HD look pretty close between the MB and MBP... Does this mean that rendering video is faster with a faster CPU, and not affected much by the GPU? If this is so, the 2.4 Ghz macbook may be a good temporary solution for me, because it's cheaper, and IF I find I'm doing more video stuff later I can get a mac pro with a bitchin' 8-core processor for blazing through video... Or will the MBP w/ it's second GPU, larger L2 cache, and more RAM (or if it makes a difference faster spinning HD or SSD) be significantly better for using Final Cut, preventing me from needing the beastly mac pro as soon as I might if I'm stuck with the consumer macbook? Thanks for any advice!