When I purchased a powerbook 4-5 years ago it had DVI, s-video, fw-800. It had so many cutting edge ports that competitors' laptops looked like they were in the stone age. With my newer macbook pro (core duo not core-2-duo), I was still happy with the port technologies, but I noticed the conspicuous absence of fw-800. I also noticed the absence of the s-video port without any kind of replacement port. On the latest macbook pros there is support for display port, but there are no cables available to convert to hdmi. When I look at a Dell it has display port, hdmi, esata, 8-in-1 media card reader, etc. Don't get me wrong the newest macbook pros seem really cool with the whole single piece of aluminum thing (no one else in the industry is even close when it comes to laptop design), but what good is the coolest design if you can't connect the peripherals you need?