Usually the way Apple prices their computers its that once you decide, you always just wanna go one step up cause your so close to the next threshold and then before you know it your at the top of the line. This time around I was ready to encounter the same thing and was even ready to spend that money but Apple could not provide me the reason to get the top of the line MBP (15inch). Shame that $500 only gets you 200 mhz and 128 mb more vram and slightly larger hard drive. If there was just something a bit more like a better superdrive, not only bigger but faster hard drive, better battery, or something similar I would of given in. So in a way I am happy that I saved my $500 but still shocked that this is the first time I configured a computer and was happy with the "lower end" machine.