I've had limited exposure to MBP but I've impressed with the little time I've had. Everything seems to work seamlessly with little delay and it's hard to beat the software suite available for multimedia purposes. I'm asking for some clarification on spec comparisons. I'm looking at the new envy 17 with quad core i7, 1080 screen, 640gb 7200rpm hdd, blu ray, and a whole bunch of other crap like finger print scanner, photoshop preloaded etc. Total price: 1500 shipped. (The envy is as close in terms of form as I can get. Has a metal body) The comparable MBP isn't really comparable in price or specs. No quad core, (although they did just add the i7) no 1080 screen, no blu ray, and sans a lot of other crap. (finger print scanner etc.) Price is well over 2200 at last build I did. Now, my buddy says you can compare specs because of PCs penchant for having a lot of bloat. I agree with that. Also, things like photoshop etc. seem matched with apples offerings as far as I can tell. Here's what I need. A computer to manage multimedia and a general do it all machine. I have iphones and ipads. Love apple stuff and continually amazed by their innovation. Just wondering if such a huge gap in performance specs would be noticeable? I think the Ipad is the future and wonder when they are going to beef up its performance to make notebooks all together obsolete. Thanks.