I just finished restoring my macbook pro to factory settings and repacking it. I am going to call apple in the morning, cancel my apple care, return the macbook to comp usa and pick up a Mac Pro. The MacBook Pro was a very fast machine when it came to processing. But as soon as the hard drive got bogged down, so did the rest of the computer. And the optical drive, S...L...O...W. Much slower than the drive in the 12" powerbook that I am using now. Granted, this powerbook does not burn DVDs, but it's not worth the performance hit. The clincher was the screen. It seemed to have too much of the matte coating, as if there was a layer of something between the outside and the actual pixels. It made it look really grainy and overall annoying, almost like jpeg compression, or noise from a fast ISO speed on a camera. The backlight was a little uneven, but nothing terrible. The screen on my 12" powerbook is crystal clear, is not grainy and has perfect backlight. Also, I already have a 20" cinema display that would see much less use had I decided to keep the macbook pro. Not to mention the overall size, portability and usability of my 12" powerbook is more along the lines of what I look for in a portable computer. The bottom line is, I am not going to spend that much money and not be happy. Spending the extra $250 (or so) to get a much faster machine is going to leave me much more satisfied.