I apologize in advance if this is a redundant post. I have been reading this forum for the last couple of days and have not seen the specific info I am looking for. Chalk it up to my ignorance if I missed a pertinent thread...I am a senior in college, about to graduate and as a graduation gift my father is going to help me purchase a new computer. I have always used PCs but I am ready to make the leap to a Mac. After doing research and going into the apple store and playing around with the computers I am pretty set on the new MacBook Pro but I cannot decide between the 15" or the 17". Alittle info about me/my usage that might help: -Going into a 2 year graduate program in the fall so portability is a factor. -Amateur photographer shooting in raw format and using Photoshop CS4. -Plan to load Windows XP and run through Fusion or Parallels. -Want to hook up my keyboard for composing. -Perhaps some gaming but that's not really a big deal for me. -I would like something that is fairly "future-proof" I know nothing is exempt from obsolescence but I would like to make this notebook last as long as possible. -Money is not really an issue, whatever mode I choose I intend to include the 2.93 ghz processor, 4GB RAM, and 320GB 7200RPM HD.Some pros and cons of each model that I am considering: 17" Pros: -Larger screen size and slightly larger resolution (though some friends of mine who are established and seasoned photographers tell me they cannot see the difference between the 15/17 as far as photo editing, they do say there is a benefit when video editing and watching movies) -Extended battery life -More upgradeable for future (i.e. RAM) Cons: -Size may prove cumbersome in some situations (a class with small desks, airplanes, etc.) I would hate to accidentally knock my mac off of a small desktop that it is balancing on. I'm not clumsy by any means but I am a big guy... -I can't really think of any more cons 15" Pros: -Smaller footprint and less weight means it is somewhat more portable than the 17" -A bit less on price but that is not a huge deal to me Cons: -Screen size and resolution not quite up to par with 17" -Not upgradable to 8GB of RAM (although threads I have read seem to think 8GB is sort of pointless given the dual-channel constraints ) So pretty much the big differences I see are portability, RAM, screenspace, and battery life. The 17" wins out in 3 of the 4 but portability is a fairly large factor given that I am using my notebook in class all the time. So what do ya'll think? If you recommend the 17" do you recommend glossy or matte? I don't want to sacrifice color correctness and I think I can cope with some glare, is it really bad enough that I should go to matte? Thankyou in advance for reading this post and giving me your input.