I need to buy a laptop soon, like in a few days, so I'm looking for any help. At first I was debating a 12" ibook vs. a 12" powerbook but realized that the 12" was a better fit for me. Anyways I'm worried that a 12" screen may be too small to use as my primary screen. I have about a 2,000 (u.s.) dollars to spend, so I'm thinking I could get a 12" and an external lcd and probably have to get a keyboard and mouse as well. Or I could get the 15" 1.33ghz which would be tougher to carry around but I'd have everything in one package, aside from a mouse. Is a 12" screen acceptable for everyday use or is an external lcd almost a necessity? Is a 15" powerbook a lot harder to carry around than a 12" powerbook? From your experiences what is the better option? I'm really tossed up about which route I should take. I would like to get just a 12" powerbook so I could have more money for accessories. However, if a 12" screen is going to be too small, I think I'd rather have a 15" instead of a 12" with an lcd. Ugh, help. oh, yea I'll be a freshman in college next year and need to use my laptop this summer, hence the need to buy soon. I plan on buying whatever powerbook with 256mb of ram and getting a 512mb stick from crucial. I also am planning on upgrading to the 5400rpm hd in either model. When I mention accessories I mean like a printer, sleeve, blank cds, etc. I don't know if I'll be bringing my powerbook all over the place in college, probably not to classes but probably to the library at times, plus it is just easier to bring home during break.