Hi. I need to purchase a laptop for work in the very near future. Basically, I'm looking for two things: a battery life > 4 hours and a good screen with adequate resolution. I will be using the laptop essentially as a 'thin client' to connect to work through a vnc-like java solution. I won't be doing any video editing or DVD watching; the only software I'm likely to run on the laptop itself, other than the thin client software, would be office productivity software. I've heard varying estimates of battery life for the MBP, ranging from 2.5 hours to 6 hours (according to Apple). My question to those on this forum who own MBP's is this: given the usage I have described, am I likely to get a solid 4.5 hours out of it? Or is 2.5 hours a closer estimate? How fast does the battery degrade? Ie: after 6 months, am I likely to see a big hit in battery performance? As to the screen, I've read some very negative comments on this forum about the MBP's screens, especially after the switch to the new screens... Since I'll be working many hours on the laptop, I need to have a screen that's 'easy on the eyes'. I don't care so much (ie: at all) about color accuracy and the ability to play the latest 3D games, so much as the ability parse through large text files without having to squint at a tiny screen for hours at a time... How would you say the MBP ranks for screen clarity? I appreciate any comments and suggestions you have.