I'm currently using a MP which I love but due to the nature of my work I have to get something more mobile so I'm looking at the MBP. I do video and creative design work which makes me favor the matte screens on the older 17" MBP. The larger screen real estate will come in handy as well. In the new 15" MBP's favor is the unibody construction, nicer design and the easy access to the HD. I'd get the 15" plus a nice external display but due to budget constraints that's not possible. The downside for me is the lack of matte screen option. Both options assume maxed out RAM, 320GB hard drive @7200, 2.8GHz for the 15", 2.6GHz for the 17". After wading through the forums trying to find the latest updates on when the new 17" MBPs will be coming out (Jan? MW?) I also got some pretty enlightening points for both. I'd like to get a new 17" unibody if/when it becomes available but if the ETA is mid 2009 then I'd have to go for the older MBP. My MP is going to a team mate who's suffering on a Dell and I don't know if he can hold out much longer. I'd just like to get any opinions on this. Thanks.