Disclaimer -- Please forgive me. Having been a loyal Mac user since the early 80's and long time poster on other forums I'm not a newbie. But with my demanding work schedule and professional pursuits spread thin I find myself in a revolving circus keeping up with latest gadgetry. Specifically I'm in film/tv and technology in that industry changes so rapidly I barely learn something before it is replaced. With that in mind it's difficult to keep up with the advances in the Mac world... For some time I've been holding out on purchasing a new Mac. I currently use a G4 Dual 1.25 FW800-- 7 years strong!!! I could have benefited from an upgrade sometime ago but never had a valid excuse to shell out the $. Knowing I've been planning to purchase a new camera I've wanted to "hold off" until necessary to make sure I get the best. I'll be purchasing a 5D mark ii soon unless the people at Red can convince me to hold out for a Scarlet camera. I'm figuring this could be and ideal time to upgrade, although I downloaded some RAW samples and still haven't had too much problem working with them in my 7-year-old Mac (that's the still side, I also plan on doing video which has been slow but doable with HDV on FCP, can't use Color though since no openGL support) This will be my first laptop. I've always been against them but there have been many times I could have benefited from portability these past 7 years. Would you say a mac pro is many more times better than a MBP?--suggesting I should reconsider getting a laptop. With the recent speed bump now 'could' be an ideal time to make this leap, but I'm still nervous being the cheap guy I am. The lower end model at $2000 seems great being 25% cheaper than the next model up. What are your thoughts on that. Other concerns are max RAM on each models (since I've seen conflicting stories on different amounts for each model), 3mb vs 6mb L2 chache, future quad-core, and possible matte finish on 15". I have a 24" Dell so a HD display isn't a major issue. I know these wavering questions appear all too often on these forums. However, it is still very comforting hearing the advice from pros like yourselves who are up-to-date and knowledgeable of all the updates. Input appreciated. I really don't have much disposable income so these purchases have been long waiting (camera especially!)-- Please don't hate those of us who are scared to just go out and buy something.