I used to have faith in Apple's ability to make functional and beautiful technology. I used to have faith that I wanted a MacBook Pro. Lately, I have been questioning those core beliefs, and my entire techno-spiritual landscape has descended into chaos. Do I really want a MacBook Pro, or could I be happy with a MacBook? I wanted a Pro for two reasons: The screen is 2" bigger, and it is matte. I hate glossy screens. I don't care about the color, I don't want glare! I like more screen real estate. I am beginning to wonder whether those two reasons are enough to justify the extra $700 (base MBP versus upgraded MB). The processor is the same speed. I might make use of the better GPU, especially if Photoshop starts using the GPU to accelerate computation, but I am not a gamer. I might code a lot of TV shows into DivX, would the Pro be much better at that than a MacBook with comparable processor and RAM? I am starting to think I might get an IBM laptop and run Vista and Linux. I can get a 15", matte screen IBM with a MacBook Pro processor and RAM for much cheaper than a MBP. It would be thicker and uglier than a MBP. This is especially tempting because I'm not a big fan of Apple software, despite their really nice hardware.