Greetings all! This is my first post! I am seriously considering buying a 15" powerbook after demo'ing several pc notebooks and realizing that everything I wish they were, the macintosh platform is when it comes to design and functionality. I went to the nearest apple store this weekend to check them out. All-in-all, I was impressed, but one major disappointment was the display--why is the powerbook display so dark? I observed that it is close to half the brightness/contrast of the iMac and cinema displays. I asked a trendy associate about this and huffed, "that's just the nature of the beast". Nature of the beast?! Even with the brightness all the way up, I could not comfortably read the screen in a normally-lit room. I can understand the power savings of cutting down the brightness while running on battery power, but why can't the display be up to spec with the desktops when plugged in? I expected that the powerbook lcd would be equal in quality and brightness to the cinema display when put side by side. Are they not the same lcd after all? Has anyone else observed this or care to discuss?