Hello, I've reviewed several options regarding my next computer purchase - one of those being Apple and OS X. After careful review of each application that ships with Tiger, it seems to hold a significant value in its ease of use and clean desktop environment. OS X is clearly an elegant operating system and I came to the conclusion that I'd make the switch. So I studied the available hardware from Apple's site and was very impressed with the Macbook Pro. But it was when reading user-reviews, though, I hit my snag. I understand the concept of the squeaking wheel getting the most attention: more users will flock to forums to seek solutions to defects rather than simply say how great their computer is. However the impression I am getting is that currently buying a laptop from Apple is too much like playing the lottery. I will spare you the repetition of what has already been covered in many threads before, nonetheless a new computer is an expensive purchase and one I will not settle to chance. If I make a 2000-3000 dollar purchase I don't want to have to anticipate being one of the lucky ones to get a defect-free machine. Of course the switch to Intel means that Apple is in the first revolution of the MB and MBP, so I assume waiting out more revisions is the solution to getting a properly operating computer. Here is my question: How do I know when its significantly safe to buy a computer from Apple? The problems are keeping me from being an official switcher and, if they go on long enough, I might have to stay on "the dark side." But I dont want to do that, I really like the operating system, but the best software in the world wouldnt matter if running on defective hardware. Advice? Thanks.