Hey all, This is my first post after searching the archives for a few months I haven't found anyone to answer this question that is truly plaguing me. I'm looking into the last line of Core 2 Duo models for the laptops, money not being somewhat of an issue, but I can afford either machine. Portability is also a point, I carry my laptop to all my classes in my bag and a nice portable laptop is important. I also watch a lot of .avi files on my computer without using an S-Video to sync up with my TV. I'm looking at these two computers: MacBook Black Core 2 Duo 2Ghz Ram 160GB Hard Drive 2GB Ram MacBook Pro 15.4" Core 2 Duo 2.16Ghz Ram 160GB Hard Drive 2GB Ram I have a Xbox 360 so gaming on my computer is not something I take part in, basically it boils down to is an additional $400 worth the 2 inches more of screen space to utilize Mac Os to it's full potential? I also do a lot of ripping and encoding of DVD's to .avi format so I don't have to carry around discs and waste less battery spinning a disc in my drive. Other than that, basic utilities necessary to survive at college. Thanks for looking I appreciate the replies. Sorry if anyone thinks this has been done over too many times, but I thought it was a unique question.