When I first got my 17" PowerBook in February, it was actually during school that I picked it up. So, I bought the computer from work (I worked at a campus computer store) and brought it to the library for its birth.
The sweet smell of my first Apple was the first thing I noticed, then, the sleekness and slimness of this beautiful machine. I was in utter ecstasy at 9:30am in the Dalhousie University library. People around me must have thought I was really weird.
Anyway, I had to go to class, so I packed the computer back up in its original box and headed to a criminology lecture. I unpacked my new treasure and sat down for a lecture. As I was typing notes, the teacher announced a presentation, and when the lights went out, the keyboard lit itself up and the screen dimmed slightly. 6 people on either side of me all looked on in wonder.
When I took it to my then-girlfriend's apartment to show her my new machine, her eyes lit up when she saw the keyboard light up; her iBook didn't do that.
I know your feeling. What a beautiful and perfect piece of hardware. I thought I'd never need a backlit keyboard since I can type about 70wpm in the dark, but it does come in handy now and then.
probably one of my favorite features is the back-lit keyboard. I spend a lot of my time in the bedroom with my 17" MBP watching TV or doing other things, so when I was using the keyboard and it lit up for the first time i was like "waaaah?" Then i remembered the back-lit feature and have loved ever sense.
That is the one feature that still has me balking at my MB purchase. Reality is preventing me from spending over 600 dollars to get that though. I am very jealous and I don't even have my MB yet. Graphics cards be damned, I want the ambient light sensor features.
I love this feature. I knew about it before I got my mbp of course, but I had forgotten about it until about 3 days after I brought it home and it lit up. It's so awesome. Not because of a cool factor, but it's so practical.