Hy I'm 18 and I'm going to need a laptop for college. I'm going to studie computer science at the University. (Not sure if it's called that way in English, but basically I'm gonna be programming a lot (it also includes heavy generating of data and processing it) How can I convince my parents to let me buy a MacBook pro? Specs: Because I want to have a big screen I wanted to buy the 17" MacBook pro. It seems robe the best laptop that there is. I don't really need the best of everything (if you think there's a better combined solution for the study I'm gonna do, please tell) so I'm oke with the standart CPU and RAM, but I want to have the ssd (128 GB, and 1TB external drive for other stuff). No software needed, only warranty. I'm from Belgium and I save up to 3000€ to spent (I've 6000€ total, but I'm only gonna spent 50%). My brother only spent 1000€ for his laptop (now it's almost 3 years old and getting slower, battery for hard work is 30 min, was 1,5h). Can someone say some good reasons to tell my parents why buying a MacBook pro would be better then a pc laptop? Considering the price tag? Please help me, 'cause I don't know how to convince them. You know, I nagged 2 months befor they let me buy my iPhone 3GS 32GB of my own money (sim-lock free) €675.