Hello all, I am planning on finally taking the plunge from windows to Mac, and I thought I start with a new Macbook pro. Now before I ask my question, I must point out that I am a professional photographer, so getting certain things out of my screen is very important. I've been planning on purchasing a MBP for a week now, but I just can't make up my mind because of the screen. I am having problems deciding whether to get the 15" or the 17" version of it. Now before you say "Just get whatever one works better for you/ you like", I should point out that they can both work equally well for me. The bigger screen is nicer for presentation to my clients (my primary reason for getting it), and a bit better with the battery life. However, it is also quite large in terms of carrying it around. I would idealy like to pick up the 15" version since it is a bit smaller to carry around and fits better in bags. Since the specs are pretty identical to the 17", I don't really see a problem with getting it a bit smaller. It took me one week to figure out whether I wanted glossy or matte... and I finally opted for the matte version since the glossy can be distracting for viewing images. Now here is the problem I am getting, and I thought some of you experts can shed some light on this mystery. I went to the apple store today, and compared the 17" matte vs the 15" matte, side by side. I opened up iphoto, played the same slideshow, at the same exact time. Although the difference is subtle, it's still there when comparing. I noticed that in the 15" version, the colors had a slight yellowish cast, and the blacks were a bit duller (very slightly though). On the 17", I noticed that the colors didn't have that cast, and the blacks seem to be slightly darker... but again, very very subtle. So my first question is, does anyone know if the 17" MBP uses an entirely different screen vs the 15" version? I checked the color profile under settings, and both were set to the exact same settings, so I can't figure it out. Now the obvious choice here is the 17" right? Well, the other thing I noticed was that the 17" was almost stretching the images ever so slightly, so it can fit them on the monitor. I didn't check the resolution of those stock photos in iphoto, but my second question is... does anyone know if images get stretched in a slideshow (full screen) on the 17" mbp? Most of my files I show for slideshows are 800x600, or slightly larger at 2100x1400. So if anyone has a 17" and can verify the stretching issue, I would greatly appreciate it. I know these questions are pretty specific, but I would be grateful if someone can help me out. Oh, one last thing... I'm thinking of purchasing my mac from this link. The price seems cheaper, and I am guessing it's because it's the 1st round of the new generation... but does anyone know if there are any dis-advantages of the 1st round of MBP (from early 09 release)? If the new version has the improved screen, then it may be wise for me to invest a bit more and just get it directly from apple no?