Originally Posted by jvb
Any additional thoughts on bumping up to 3 gigs? The $500 price jump is pretty steep. Is there that large of a performance gain?
Unless you really need huge amounts of memory, that would be money out of the window. The step from 2 to 3GB is that expensive because 2GB modules are still that expensive; not because it makes such a big difference. 2GB is a very nice amount of memory today, and in a year or two, when 2GB modules have come down to reasonable prices, you can just swap one of your 1GB modules for one of those then, and save $400 that way.
As for the size; you may want to consider this: The 17" MBP does have a certain image, at least to me. If I see someone having a 17" portable Mac, and that someone isn't a graphics or video professional, then that comes across as showing off. Look at my expensive Mac.
In my opinion, unless you really need screen real estate, the 15" MBP is a great computer. If I was in your place, I would be much more worried about whether I should get it now, or wait another 3 months for Santa Rosa. Not only would you get a faster FSB and a memory limit of at least 4GB, but also Leopard for free.
Oh, and discount that SuperDrive difference. It's marginal. The only difference to consider, IMO, is the difference in screen real estate. Ask yourself this: Do you need
a lot of portable screen real estate? If you don't, go for the 15". If you want
a bigger screen at home, you can always get an external Display. May I suggest the ones made by Apple? They're really nice, or so I've heard.