"Outstanding Pro-grade laptop"5.0 starson by Zim_Doom_Parent_Night
Pros: Speedy CPU, amazing screen (matte option), low heat buildup due to large size (more surface area=more heat dissipation), glad you can upgrade to 8GB of RAM although 4GB is enough for me personally at the moment, Mac OS 10 is my biggest selling point.
Cons: The keyboard is more recessed than other Apple laptops, meaning if you don't sit at just the right angle you will put end up pressing your wrists into the edge. I don't really blame Apple for this...it's just a massive laptop.
Summary: Honestly, the only reason I purchased the 17 inch was for the screen real estate. I didn't upgrade the CPU or RAM in the build to order options, so I'm running the i5 2.53GHz with 4GB of RAM. It is a speedy Macintosh, the best laptop from them I have owned (my oldest is a G3 Lombard). Anyway, the screen is beautiful in my opinion, though I'm not a creative professional so I don't have anything "scientific" to back up my claim. It just looks great compared to every other screen I've seen out there. I don't really game on it, so I can't comment there. The audio is the best I've heard on ANY laptop, period. The speakers are fantastic, and easily do in a bind if I don't have a stereo or earbuds with me. The battery life is very good, though I don't think it will live up to Apple's 8 hour claims. I turn off auto graphics switching though, that is probably why my battery drains faster than in Apple's tests.
I understand there are PC laptops out there that offer an actual 4-core i5 or i7 instead of the mobile dual core version (uses hyperthreading so the computer "sees" 4-cores). But I found those laptops to be too bulky, heavy (no, the 17 inch MBP is NOT heavy, if you think it is go to the darned gym!), and have terrible battery life. Also, they compromise on the screen quality, so it was another MacBook for me!