ive had my high end 15" sr mbp for about a week now and ive experienced the following: 1, had battery replaced after 3 days as it was losing health and i had erratic consumption rates. 2, with new healthy battery ive noticed no battery life improvement. my usuage is pretty steady and so i know i get min 3.5 hours on my macbook. i was expecting to beat that with the pro with "led" technology. i know why apple havent promoted the led tech - because it adds little in terms of performance. and i think the bottom of the screen is not well lit at low brightness levels compared to the macbook. i can have the macbook on very low brighness and its still brighter than my pro at the same level. 3, i never experienced a kernel panic in 3-4 years of using mac's and within 1-2 days of macbook pro i have had 3. i knew of kernal panics but never knew what they were until the message came up on my screen. my previous laptop was a rock solid macbook (could be again) - absolutely no issues whatsoever. if it had had a backlit keyboard i wouldnt have even considered moving back to a pro spec. question i have genuis appointment today for the kernal panics. im thinking they are going to advise me to do a reinstall and see how it goes - but my current install is an exact but more streamlined/cleaner version of that on my c2d macbook which has had no problems ever - its been totally reliable "does what it says on the box" .... if im going to have to do a reinstall i might as well do it on a new laptop? so, as im within the 14 days so im thinking that if they advise a reinstall that ill just ask for a refund and buy a new one on the spot to avoid further visits to the apple store. is it a real possibility that a reinstall could solve the problem? what else can they check or fix? i dont want to deal with daily kernal panics now or in the future. and i could be living abroad for awhile and i dont want to have issues that have been identified now in a foreign country. any views? i like the pro (prev had a powerbook and loved it) and just want it to work without fault - continuing my mac experience of the last few years. if i want to deal with problems ill move back to windows! kernel panic details the last two ive noticed whilst using safari. 1, normal web page (bbc) and right clicked an image to 'save to download folder' - kernel panic 2, clicked on a download link for software - kernal panic. the computer was not performing any heavy duty tasks / i had no other significant apps running. maybe 20% of ram was being used (ipulse info). one more thing. when im streaming radio via real player and the display turns offs to save power i get a split second glitch in the stream then it continues .... why would that be? it never happened on my macbook.