Okay, I'm going to apologize first because you probably get a lot of threads like this one, but after seeing the price drop on amazon my plans have been tossed upside down. I was planning on getting a dell 700m (2.0ghz pentium m(w/400mhz fsb), 1gb ram, 100gb hard drive, wifi, dvd burner, etc etc etc) and it was going to cost about 1300 plus taxes (after one of those 750 dollar off coupons). Right. Now I can get the powerbook 12inch model for 1200 after rebates (no tax) similarly equipped. background. the extra money isn't really an issue. I'm looking to use this mostly for portable office/internet browsing work/etc. I want decent battery life (which both the powerbook and dell offer (dell via an extra (read:huge) battery) and something that's decently fast (I'm going from a nice desktop(see sig) so I don't want to feel like I'm taking a step down, but I don't need it for any processor intensive apps). Issues with the powerbook are : 1) I work tech support for an IE only company (IE 5.5sp2 +) and would like to use this instead of the company dell. So that's kind of a downer unless I get virtual pc which I'm aware is kind of a dog. Has anyone used os x to access a VPN populated by all windows machines ? (if so then I could use the ms-remote desktop mac client to use my work computer to run ie) 2) I'm slightly worried about the resoloution of the monitor 1024x768 is pretty small (or large I guess depending on how you look at it) while the dell is 1200x800. 3) I'm wondering about the mini-dvi port, anyone had issues with it working with a decently large monitor (20inch lcd), how about the s-video adapter (sold separately)? 4) I'm generally indifferent to the possibly soon to be released intel macs because I wouldn't want to touch a first gen product, so waiting for those is not an issue. I'm sure the build quality on the apple is better (the dell is plastic of some sort), and I've always wanted to try out os x. I guess I've pretty much made up my mind already and I'm just looking for some kind of confirmation that this is the right choice. ps- again if you've read this a million times over by a million different users, sorry!