I'm starting an MFA program in animation in a couple weeks. For the past three years I've been using a Dell inspiron laptop with a P3 and onboard graphics chip, and it wont do any more. Needless to say, I'm posting this message because I'm ready to make the switch. I have to go with the powerbook instead of a powermac because I need the portability, even though it's especially painful with the current gap of performance between the two. I'm having a tough time deciding between: 12" combo drive with 5400 RPM hard drive - $1500 15" super drive - $2000 (special purchase through school - but no cram & jam) I will be using this for Maya, C++, Motion / After Effects, & Photoshop, in that order, but not simultaneously I will also be buying a 20" cinema display, regardless of which powerbook I get. I know that many will frown at expecting that much out of a powerbook. However, this will be my first year with Maya, and I'm hoping that it will be able to handle student work until the G5 powerbook gets released. The main reasons for why I'm considering the 15" is the better graphics card and slightly better resolution. However, most reviews rate it better based on performance in games, and I only care about how well it handles Maya. The reason for considering the 12" (besides the $500 savings) is that I will be carrying this thing to school everyday. So which would you get? Also, although it's not a major issue, which of the two do you think will have a better resale value (less net loss) once the G5 is released?