I've finally decided to go for the 15" model. I don't need portability, so the 13 was ruled out. I did consider the 17, but I think it will be too heavy for holding it on top of me while I'm in bed (I see myself doing that a lot), and also the price was another factor. So I've landed on the 15. I saw the standard res one and liked it, but never had a chance to see the hi res in person. The real estate advantage is less of a concern for me, but, I LOVE a sharp display. From my understanding, the only negative aspect of the hi-res screen is text reading, eventhough it seems to be very subjective (depends on your vision?). So how bad is it really? ps: It is possible to duplicate the 1680x1050 res on my 24" display? In other words, what resolution do I need to set on a 24" screen to see the actual text size of the hi-res 15" MBP? Thanks !!