Here are the obvious options: because of the budget, I need either an iBook G4 or a MacBook. MacBook Pros and PowerBooks are out of budget range. Things to consider: Battery life: at least 3.5 hours Strength, physical: I will travel with this a lot and haul it up to pressboxes, out to baseball fields, etc. Strength, digital: I just need to run an e-mail app, Web browser and Word. Maybe iTunes. No design software at all. Networking: When I get back from a game with half my story written, I need to be able to plug into our network to either download my finished story or e-mail it to my editor Current office details: they just switched from Windows NT and Lotus Notes for writers/editors and Mac OS 9 for designers to all Windows XP with our editing system integrated with Word. So, will it be worth plunking down extra money for an Intel machine that I may run Windows XP on by next year and risk getting a "lemon" with a first-off-the-assembly-line purchase (much like my four-times-repaired iMac G5) or should I just get a cheap PowerPC machine? Any help is appreciated, as the old paper-and-pen routine takes more time when you have to transcribe. I'd like to be able to write up my stats and most of the game before I even get to the office to finish it for deadline. Thanks.