I was thisclose to buying a prev gen MBP (my first ever Mac) but then start reading about the 8600 video card problem and how it essentially makes the machine a ticking time bomb. I also read on these forums how some Geniuses are telling owners that the logic board problem on their MBPs aren't due to the 8600 issue and thus telling owners they have to pay to fix the problem. Throw on top of that the hassle of having to relinquish your MBP for who knows how long for the Apple Store to fix it (it took the Store over a month just to replace my iPod), and whether that introduces new problems, and I'm done looking at older MBPs. But I can't get the unibody MBP b/c they're too expensive and they have the glossy screen (except for the 17" model, which is again way too expensive). And I can't get the unibody MacBook b/c I need the FireWire port and again I dislike the glossy screen. [Being previously undecided, I checked out the matte screen and glossy screen at the Store for myself and found the matte screen was excellent in various lighting situations while the glossy screen was constantly displaying glare (much more in sunlight than in indoor light). While I didn't experience eyestrain, I did think the reflectiveness was quite distracting. Trying to tilt the glossy screen, as Jobs suggested, reduced the optimum view of colors. So I've conclusively decided that glossy is unacceptable for a laptop.] My needs are: - FW port(s) - cost under $1600 - matte screen Does that mean I have no further options for Mac laptops??? Or should I still get a prev gen MBP b/c the AS fix stories I've read are rare and not representative when the GPU dies? I never thought I'd get shut out of getting a Mac laptop!