As I have just changed job, my work-supplied TiBook is being handed back so I am having to buy a new laptop. I have looked at what Apple has to offer (I am in the UK) and the prices, and the result is that for the first time since 1992 I wont have a Mac in the house. The ibook I am interested in is the 800 Mhz 14 inch combo drive version which costs (converting UK prices to US Dollars) $2164.00. Or alternatively I can get a Dell Inspiron 4150, with the same sort of spec, but with a screen which will run at 1400 x 1050 rather than 1024 x 768 (very important to me) for $1760.00. That is a big, big difference. I would much prefer to use OSX than XP from day to day. and in the past I have been more than happy to pay a premium to use a Mac, but I think the point Apple are at today is that the premium they are asking is just *too* much. This is especially true when you look at the bang for buck factor. For example, the iBook uses a pretty antiquated 800 Mhx G3, whilst the Dell alternative uses a far more powerful 1.8 Ghz mobile Pentium. I have also had money put aside to get a G4 desktop for months now, but we have the same in the desktop range. Over here the dual 1 Ghz G4 will set you back $3400.00 (if you take it with 512 ram). Again, we are asked to pay the premium, but when you look at the fact that *half* that amount will get you an Athlon based machine with TFT monitor (like the one I am writing this on) which - lets be honest now and forget Steve's favourite flakey Photoshop tests- will trounce the Mac speedwise at pretty much everything, then things don't look too rosey do they ? Please dont take this as an incitement for zealoutry - I am as much of a Mac nut as the rest of you are, I am just worried that Apple have taken their eye off the ball for way too long on this one.