I have a few questions regarding a switch from a PC to a Mac. Actually, it would not be a full switch, but just a switch of my primary computer. My posting here is to question the feasibility and practicality of a theoretical switch and to gain Mac users opinions. First off, this is not an I hate PCs sort of switch at all. In all honestly, I have never had a single serious problem with any PC except for a hasty first computer purchase complemented by Windows 95. I am one of those oddballs that actually liked Windows ME. While I am very happy with my PC, I have always liked the look of Apples products. Yet, I have never been a fan of the operating system nor the poor file transfer between my PC and my employers Mac. The Mac has had multimedia features that intrigue me, but at their prices I cannot justify getting a play computer. For an added measure of cheapness, it took me forever to buy my first well needed laptop because I could not justify the inflated price for system that I could not fully customize and upgrade when I could build my own PC to my specifications for significantly cheaper. BUT .I have been speaking recently to Mac aficionados and they have told me there have been vast changes to the Mac operating system (I have not used anything higher than OS 9) and that the file transfer from PC to Mac is not as big of a problem anymore. Additionally, I started to think that since I would not upgrade a laptop anyways choosing a Mac laptop vs. a PC laptop really is not all that different. The bottom line is that if I could use a Mac laptop (namely a PowerBook) to enjoy all the features of a Mac I like and have a seamless transfer of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and photograph files to my PC desktop I would get a Mac as my next laptop. Having a PC desktop would fulfill my building/upgrading fun and the Mac would satisfy my Mac orientated needs. The hitch to this whole decision is $. I am a student and I cannot go out buying computers left and right. I work in a PC world, and I need my computer to fit in that world. I have had the luxury of using my groups licensed programs for all my computing desires, but if I switch over to a Mac I am on my own. I have done the pricing, and I have found that I would have to spend at minimum another $500-$1000 of my own money to replace much of the softwarenot replacing them is not really an option because they are programs which would be greatly complemented by the multimedia programs on a Mac. In a nutshell, I am most interested in reasons to buy a Mac OTHER than a Mac has less problems than a PC because I really do not have any problems at all with my PC. Does the new operating system allow for ease of work between a PC and a Mac? Can I have both types of computers and not have any trouble going back and forth? If I am happy with a PC and Windows, then what can a Mac offer me that would make my computing experience all the more enjoyable. Basically, I am teetering towards a Mac on my next computer purchase with the compatibility issues leaning me more towards the PC side and I am asking the users on this forum to give me a good argument as to why I should go towards the Mac (and not because it looks so good, because I am already sold on the aesthetics of the Macs). Sorry this is so long.