heres my idea- so many people are looking at the macbook for the first time, and trying to work out are they getting ripped off with the cost issues. why not post here other alternatives with 1) similar specs and build qualities, so shoppers get a feel for what they are really getting 2) with a picture 3) and customer review is possible 4) price For example this is one i considered - when i priced it out the Macbook came out surprisingly close Lenovo IdeaPad U330 - 22672BU From: $1,249.00* Sale price: $1,199.00* Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor P7350 ( 2GHz 1GHz 3MB Genuine Windows Vista Home Premium 13.3 WXGA TFT with integrated camera AntiGlare 1280x800 System graphics - ATI Radeon HD 3450 256MB 2 GB PC3-8500 DDR3 SDRAM 1066MHz Hard drive - 250GB 5400 DVD Recordable Intel Wireless Wi-Fi Link 5100 6 Cell Lithium-Ion starting at 4.18 lbs. One year parts and labor (system battery: one year) CUSTOMER REVIEW -PERFECT LAPTOP Date: November 19, 2008 Pros: Processor, Memory, Storage, Input/Output compatibility, Keyboard/peripherals, Wireless card, Display resolution, Screen size, Display performance, Video card, Bluetooth, Weight, Battery, Durability, Support, Security Features, Build Quality Cons: speakers "This Laptop can't get any better!! A lot of people says that the battery is not good, But honestly I think the battery is great!!! I use it for so long! Just make sure you charge it fully when you get the laptop before you use it. This laptop is pretty powerful. I even played Dead Space and Gears of War on this laptop with no problem. Veriface is also a great way to sign yourself in instead of typing the password. The Speakers are not THAT good.. But what can yo expect, its a laptop. Use headphones. Keyboard feels great. The Backlight on the monitor is GREAT. I compared it to other laptops and this one beats all the other LCD's. SUPER CLEAR! Pretty Light laptop. THIS IS A GREAT LAPTOP FOR THE PRICE!!!! GET IT!!"