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May 16, 2010

I'm very interested in the mbp 15 (i7) , mbp 13 and of course the Envy 14.
I've done quite some googling and asking around my macbook pro friends (they mainly used the 2008 or older generations) but I still have some questions that are keeping me away from buying a Macbook pro.

I'm mainly looking at the i7 Macbook pro 15 because of its power.
*and ps. I have read through some of the big threads here already.

You're experiences and insights with OSX and Macbook Pro's would be great.

*For background, I am a college student who will want (in order of importance):
1. Convenience (ease and slickness of use, like gestures to make life faster and easier on the laptop)

2. Game Power (ability to run most games on medium/high settings...like crysis and oblivion)

3. Stability (as a student I can't have the comp crashing especially if papers are due and etc.)..............

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