Wow!!!! I'm so excited. I'll be sure to post some impressions and pics of it in a little while here. Thanks again to everyone here that helped in making my decisions. Unfortunately, I can't see the darn thing very well since I just had my eyes dialated. I've gotta be at least 3 feet from the screen so using it for the day's gonna be a bit akward. It's gonna be torturous not being able to check it out for another few hours. Shipping was incredibly quick, though. I placed the order late Tuesday night and now it's here. I guess being in Indy (FedEx hub) finally has its perks. Edit Initial Impressions There are no horizontal lines or flickering of the screen. I thought the screen didn't close evenly around, but upon closer inspection, it all fits quite nicely. Pics Impressions I'm not a first-time Mac user. I was actually introduced to it at school where they exclusively used strawberry-colored iMacs. We also have one of the newer iMacs in our kitchen that my parents use to pull up recipes or for when we have guests and they want to check their mail. Every other computer in the house is a PC though--from the one in the library to the one I use most often in my room. So I kind of knew what I was expecting. I also knew what I didn't want--the instability of a Windows platform and the aggravation it causes. Granted, the PC in my room is a self built, but I still don't think it warrants the usual random restarts I get given the money I used to build it. So, ordering this was a no-brainer. I knew I wanted a PowerBook and it was a decision between the 15" and 17". Went with the former and opening it up out of the box, my initial thought was, "Damn, this thing is tiny." Was I just fooled by the setup in the Apple Store? I opened the screen, but I wasn't yet hit with any sort of awe. It still looked small. Aesthetically, though, this thing has no peers in the laptop world. It's just damn sexy. I was grinning ear to ear taking it out of the foam wrapping. The finish on it is just so nice and smooth and the lines simple and elegant. Closed, it doesn't look at all like a laptop. There aren't that many doo-dads and doo-hickies here and there to let you know. Even the ports seem inobtrusive. So just looking at it lifeless, I was pretty satisfied. Then I turned it on. "HOLY $#*$& F**#Y!!?*@". That's when it all hit me. I only got it when I had the thing beaming back at me in my own place. The screen just envelops you and you get this whole effect with it that I just can't describe. Then I rattle off on the keyboard during the startup sequence and I'm impressed even more. The keys have such a nice feel to them. There's no "clicking and clacking" associated with standalone keyboards and none of the flimsy feel on other laptop keyboards. It's just right. The trackpad? I'm finding a bit slow to start then I got my first window with a scrollbar. Drag two fingers across and it scrolled. Neat-o. Then I turn off the lights. Hot damn, are my eyes deceiving me. The keyboard lights come on and it adjusts automatically. Right now, I have to say the illuminated keyboards are my favorite part of it. I usually like to have a light on while I'm typing, but I make sure to turn off all light sources so I can be enveloped in the pitch black with only the glow of the gorgeous screen and the keyboard. Speaking of lights, I want a bright white, pulsating light in everything I own. It's mesmerizing. The sleep function on this is wonderful. It's so quiet and instantaneous. And the white light.... The overall feel of it so far is just solid. The way the lid closes, the way it opens. It all feels right. I haven't even talked much about the software, but it's more a function of me not having anything to complain about and only having things to say that you've all heard before. It's simple on the onset, but you've got the options there if you want it. And it looks gorgeous on the screen. I mentioned the screen right? This PowerBook is outstanding though. I'm not at all regretting it despite what may be coming in the near future. I'll be very happy with it for a long time to come. The only problem I can see is that I don't have a case so far and I refuse to take it anywhere with me. I can't have her all scratched up so early in its lifespan. I was seriously thinking of getting a 12" iBook just to take around, but I don't think I can go back after seeing this beauty.