I've had this new MacBook Pro for about a week or so. My impressions:
• Nice industrial design, about the nicest laptop you've ever seen. It should be, it's double the price of comparable Windows machines. I paid $1900 after rebate, no sales tax.
• Still getting used to the big trackpad, not crazy about it, but the additional touch gesture controls are nice.
• Killer display.
• Considerably improved battery performance (from a two year old previous generation MacBook Pro).
• Can't really notice the faster graphics, but I don't particularly use programs that might take advantage of this newer technology.
Setting up was a breeze, it took <2 hours to Firewire 800 the old MacBook contents to the new machine and authorize the Adobe software on the new machine/de-authorize it on the old one. Then it took about 30 hours of wireless communication with the Time Capsule to create an entire backup of the new machine, which is now complete. Zero glitches during any of this.
All in all, Apple retains both its industry leading design and 'overpricing' I suppose. But I'm a Machead, this is what I use (we have six Macs on our Time Capsule network). And is any computer company whose market share is growing as fast as Apple's really be considered 'overpriced'? Most economists would tell you their burgeoning sales performance means they're priced just right.
One note on 'overpricing': My FIVE year old G5 tower still seems current today, and runs the latest Mac software flawlessly, including the OS. Try that with a Windows box, you can't do it. The only reason I'll replace that last non-Intel Mac in the first half of 2009 is because the next version of OS X (Snow Leopard) won't support non-Intel Macs. But we're coming up on the 3rd anniversary of Apple going all-Intel, so that's not exactly abandoning your old customers in computer industry parlance.