My current first-generation White MacBook (ordered the day it was released in May 2006) is now almost three years old. It has been my first portable Mac after two iMacs and a PPC and has been my only computer for most of the time, I haven't used an external monitor regularly either. Well, now I'm looking to replace it. What I do: A lot of text editing, a bit of lay-outing, movies, a bit of statistics (SPSS), recently I'm also getting into GIS-analysis for work (using Windows). I also travel 2-3 times a month. I'd probably also do some gaming graphics capabilities permitted... As possible choices, I already dismissed the AlBook, the MBA (no 4GB RAM, screen res too low) and the 15" MBP (screen res too low for the size and price, 17" not that much more expensive). My three options now are: White MacBook + cheap short to mid-term replacement for a year or two - screen resolution although somewhat manageable is too low, quality lower than unibody MB/MBP, could be worth considerably less when trying to sell a year later MBP 17": + performance, battery, display (!!), good for 3-5 years - price, portability or...WAITING for max. 6 months to see if the screen res of the 15" MBP gets bumped or both screen res and RAM of the MBA get bumped: + probably saving money, getting an improved 15"MBP or MBA wouldn't feel like I had to compromise somewhere... - My MacBook feels pretty dated, I'd sure appreciate 4GB RAM; low screen brightness compared to later MacBooks or MBA is annoying me; my MacBook still has AppleCare for another 5 months and I'll probably be able to sell it for 100-200 Euro more now than in half a year So yeah...questions: Do you think the mentioned upgrades are likely to be seen in Q1 or Q2 2009? How are your experiences with traveling with a 17" MBP (both in the forum and from my friends I've heard mixed opinions)? Does the another-WhiteBook-as-short-term-replacement strategy even make sense? Other thoughts? Thx alot!!!