Wow ... things do happen fast. Just bought a new 27" iMac because portability was not needed, then I get a phone call, " Hey Sparky, this is Wallace ... wanna come work for me? " I'm thinking, yeah why not .... retirement isn't all that exciting anyway. So now I have to buy a notebook, and was looking at the 15 vs 17? $300 USD cost difference .... what do you get? So the obvious differences ... larger screen express card slot 3rd USB port I'm thinking maybe better off with the 15" and spend that $300 on RAM or maybe something else. Problem is, my wallet likes the 15" ... my poor old eyes would like the 17". I qualify for Education pricing but would like to keep total package under or close to $2500 USD. .