The Mac Book Pro looks like an excellent Laptop if we compare with a PowerBook, 4x-5x faster, but I'm curious about performances with Intel Chip not about PowerPC vs Intel, about Windows vs MacOS. I bought an iMac Intel and the performance is good 2X faster sometimes, not with all applications sometimes 1.5x, 1x and sometimes 2.5x; the operating systems works excellente and it's really 2x faster
Last night I bought the WinTel Emulator (http://openosx.com/wintel/index.html
) and that was the best purchase I could do. OpeOSX's WinTel works perfectly with the iMacIntel, I've installed Windows XP and had the same performance for my Desktop PC 3.0 Ghz P4. I cound't feel the diference, well the diference is you can use Windows and MacOS in the same machine working full speed both. I try Office, Internet, Visual Studio 2005, and some other applications of my everyday use, and all work perfect. Before write this Reply, I try Doom 3 "Demo
" for Windows on the iMacIntel using WinTel and works good nothing out of this world.
So, I think in the possibilities, and the MacBook Pro could be a good choice if you considere use the excellent apps like iWork, iLife, the extremelly good looking of the MacOS X enviroment and advantange of UNIX/X11 apps. I think Apple make the best Desktop Computer ever with the iMac, now we just can speculate if Apple make the best Laptop Computer with the Macbook Pro.
Last fact, computer viruses, not all work in MacOS X, MacOS don't have the horrible bugs and problems of Windows, think about Temp Files, slow performance caused for unused REGEDIT records, Internet viruses, spyware, adware and all this stuff
. Personally prefer Linux for an x86 based PC, since today I think MacOS could be a good choice.
I hope I could help with your decition
P.S. Please excuse my bad English