"I wanted to say 8.5 but this is still an amazing machine."4.5 starson by bigmc6000
Pros: Excellent feature set, massive upgrade over previous version but same cost
Cons: Questions still remain about underclocking, when will they switch to the x1800?
Summary: First thing is first - I want to point out that CNet is being completely dishonest and extremely misleading by saying a Dell Inspiron is "hundreds less." If you go spec to spec with the standard MacBook Pro (2799) the dell ends up at 2795 - not exactly "hundreds" now is it. (For those of you wanted to spec it yourself here's the add-ons you need on the dell. (Spec'd with 100 GB 7200 RPM drive, 256 nVidia go 7800, blue tooth, 9 cell battery, remote control, 1GB DDR2 at 667MHz RAM, DVD burner, Audigy sound card (MacBook has optical in/out)).) Also, Dell doesn't have gigabit ethernet (willing to bet that's worth more than $4) and the MacBook Pro has the iSight and iLife. So with that out of the way I'd like to say this is a beautiful machine and it's a serious upgrade over the previous version that was the same price. The addition of FW800 and the return of the 8x DL DVD writer is very nice. Hopefully with the 2 airvents they haven't underclocked the GPU this time. If that's the case it's certainly a worthy adversary to both the top of the line Inspiron and the 17" XPS (with 256 card obviously).