I finally had a chance to take my new Macbook Pro out for a spin while in Beijing, and it came through for me, allowing me to edit a wedding toast video in time for the ceremony on Saturday. Compared to my old, ancient Powerbook, the Macbook Pro is much snappier, with better speakers and a stronger wi-fi antenna.
I'm not sure I'd refer to it as a laptop, though, because you can't put the thing on your lap. I didn't think it was possible, but this model runs even hotter than my previous model, and if I left it on my bare legs I'd be peeling skin off the bottom of it in short order.
Perhaps Apple can sell some add-ons to dissipate the heat, like a coffeemaker and a hotplate so you could brew coffee and scramble some eggs while checking your morning e-mail.