i have been looking around for a laptop for when i go to college next year. the powerbook immediately captured my attention with its sleek design. since then i've been looking around at other laptops, like dell, hypersonic, toshiba, and ibm. dell laptops are really the only ones that are similar with both price and performance. my future college offers discounts on both apple and dell products. my questions are really about the different size powerbooks and macs in general since i've never used a mac. i have pretty much put the 12" powerbooks out of the picture, i plan to bring the laptop around with me sometimes, but not often enough to warrant such a small screen. i am torn between the 15" and 17", the 17" is more expensive and a little less portable and i currently have a 15" moniter and its size doesn't bother me. so i guess i am not very torn. i'm not really a gamer, but i like to play a game or two here and there, and i am not going to be majoring in a computer intensive major. i will mainly just be doing normal tasks on my computer, with a lot of cd and dvd burning. will the mac os x be hard to adjust to coming from windows xp pro? i am pretty computer capable, and really don't have any problems with winxp, i leave my computer on for days, and viruses and such really have never gotten me. am i going to find myself really needing programs that are only available for windows? do third party two-button mice work well with macs, more specifically powerbooks? if i can't have a two-button mouse, i am not going to even consider a mac, i am way too used to it. is a pretty well stocked powerbook going to be able to last me four years? over the four years it will get ram upgrades and maybe even a new harddrive, but will the processor still be going strong? how many slots are there on powerbooks for adding ram? am i going to need a full-sized keyboard to use with the powerbook say when it is just sitting on my desk in my dorm, or will typing on the powerbook's keyboard feel fine? does the superdrive burn dvd's that work with most dvd players? how long does it take the superdrive to rip and burn dvds? do powerbooks really get that hot? that is all i can think of now, i am not too concerned about the powerbook, but more if i can adjust to mac os x after never having used a mac before. thanks. sorry if this is in the wrong section, but i think this is where it would go.