I work at a university and the computer store had a great deal on a power buy that they did with a top-of-the-line Macbook Pro. Normally the academic price is $2299, and the street price from an Apple store is $2499, but they were selling it for $1999. Specs as follows: 15.4" matte screen 1440x900 2.16 GHz Core Duo 1GB PC2-5300 RAM on 1 stick (1 free slot) 100GB 5400RPM HD 256MB ATI X1600 graphic card (normally 128 on other MBP models). Plus, they had a mail in rebate for up to $179 with a concurrent purchase of any iPod. I bought a 4GB nano for my sister who will pay me back for it, so my net price on the MBP will be more like $1900 + tax. I will eat some of the cost of the Nano (approx $88) because her BDay is coming up and that's my contribution to her present. Couple that with the fact that I was able to use my 0% interest 12 months card, and I'm in hog heaven. I started out with Macs way back in the day, but the last one I used was my old roommate from college's PowerMac 6200 (I think it was called). OS was probably 7 or 7.5. Then I entered the "working world" and had to learn Windows NT, then 2000, then XP. The Macs had always been such a high price premium that I stayed WINtel for all of these years. However the new MBPs are some serious hardware, with the duo processors and a mean graphics card. Add to that the beautiful, durable and light aluminum case. I do a lot of creative writing on the go, and so I needed a light and durable laptop. I am a bit of a "font whore" (I own a lot of them) and the Apple OS is unsurpassed in the way it presents them onscreen. I have crossplatform Open Type fonts and they are hands down more visually appealing on the Mac (and my home PC runs on a Dell 20" LCD at 1600x1200 so it's not a matter of the Mac having more pixels to make the fonts look better). Luckily I have access to Mac versions of the software I use most: Office and Screenwriter (crossplatform), so there's no immediate cost for software. I've had the biggest grin on my face as I type this post. The forum has never looked so beautiful (font-wise).