Please understand that I'm not posting this to start a which-is-better Mac-or-PC thread. We have a Macbook and that's our ONLY computer. We have no desktop system and no PCs. And I love OSX. I prefer it to the XP I have to use at work. BUT -- this computer won't last forever. On its 3rd battery. First one wore out, second one warped and broke the trackpad. It's on it's 2nd topcase and keyboard due to cracking. At some point it'll need replacing just due to normal wear&tear. The wife assumes we'll get another Mac but she doesn't understand the price difference for what we're looking at. She'd prefer a bigger screen, for one, since this is our only computer at home. And WAY more disk space. So how do I NOT just go get a $529 HP with *4* gigs of RAM and a 17" screen? 320 gig HD. Or maybe a Toshiba for $649? See, I don't *have* $1700-$2500 and I won't within the next year. How do folks on truly limited budget justify it? I'd LOVE to give Apple and extra $100 premium for similar hardware to get OSX, but they don't offer the same hardware within $100.