They're now better (as always happens).
Apple just updated their real laptops...
$1299 will now get you a MacBook with a 2.4 ghz CPU and a 160 gb HD.
$1999 buys a 2.4 ghz / 200 gb MacBook Pro.
The real deals are now from their refub store: $999 for a 2.2 ghz / 120 gb MacBook and $1649 for basically the same MacBook Pro that now goes new for $1999. (The refurb has only a 160 gb HD and no "Multi-Touch trackpad". Also, the video memory is better on the newer model.)