It's been a while since I've posted but I'm contemplating getting a new computer. Originally I was hesitant to buy another Apple laptop/notebook or whatever the hell they're called. I have an original MBP (1.83 GHz, 80 GB, 1GB ram, 10.6) that has been nothing but problems over the course of four years of ownership. The last straw was having a faulty battery die on me, keep in mind this faulty battery replaced the original faulty batter which at least lasted two years, the replacement battery didn't even last a year and Apple wouldn't do anything because my AppleCare ran out about a month before it finally crapped out. I'm still in school and do things expected of most students. My MBP is my main machine. I considered going back to PC but after being underwhelmed by the offerings and seeing that an Envy 15 cost just as much if not more than an MBP brought me back to looking at another mac. My basic problem is that my computer is just slow, I can't multitask efficiently or effectively and have to use force quit more often than I believe necessary. I get beach balls ALL the time, I can barely play .mkv files, Chrome, Firefox, Word are all sluggish. I use Word a lot, I also run Java apps frequently and write Java code in eclipse (which is also slow but I think thats a software problem). My typical usage is along the lines of having Mail open, Adium open, Firefox and Chrome open, and Word open. I do a lot of research and need flexibility between the two browsers I use Chrome as the primary and Firefox as the secondary. I also watch videos and listen to music a lot which add to the slow down. *I just got a beach ball typing this paragraph* The movies are both .avi's as well as .mkv's all viewed in Quicktime (VLC is an utter fail) with the help of Perian. My MBP also runs unexplainably hot all the time, so much so that I gave up relying on a variable fan control and leave it running at 6000 rpm all the time. After hearing the cliff's notes version of my tale of woe my mother offered to upgrade me to 2GB of ram (but nothing ever came of that offer). I also travel a lot during the semester (policy debate team, I rely on my laptop heavily). If it matters I reformatted my drive when I installed Snow Leopard, I didn't do an upgrade. I've been considering getting an i7 iMac or an i7 MBP. I feel that lugging my MBP around everywhere all the time helped lead me to this precarious position and somehow lead to its "demise". The problem with the MBP is that I HATE HATE HATE everything about it. NOTHING about it says "Pro" it's ugly as sin, its only redeeming quality is the battery (which apparently doesn't even live up to the advertised battery life). I don't like that I have to pay $150 or whatever the student price is to have a matte screen. I hate the black bezel, I hate the keyboard. I want my body style in an upgraded flavor. Currently my school's store has the i5 MBP with Office, AppleCare and a HP all in one for 1899, I'd have to ask about the cost to upgrade to the i7 and the matte screen. I have no idea about the price of the iMac (it's not advertised) but I like the idea of having a steady computer to work on when I'm home and leave the MBP for when I'm out. If it matters I have already have a Samsung PX2370. Sorry for the long read I'm really unsure of which way to go.