I'm a long time (30 months) reader of Macrumours and have been considering buying a Mac for the last two years. I am a switcher and plan to buy a Mac on 22 October (today) or within the next few days. I have just bought a new ipod nano (product red - 16GB) as my almost four year old ipod has a battery life of barely four hours now. I know the usual answers people give about buying computers and Macs but as I'm going to be making a considerable investment I wanted to make a post to ask for some advice. I believe my best option is a new Macbook (2.4 Ghz) but I'll consider other options if there is a persuasive argument. I had thought for a long time that my first mac purchase would be MacMini but over the past 10 months i was holding out for a refresh that never seems to arrive and today's reports suggest the product may now be officially discontinued. I liked the idea of the MacMini as an cheap introduction to Apple and OSX but the price was never competitive for the technology inside it. Especially as i would also have to buy a screen and a keyboard. I have read numerous reviews of the aluminium macbook and think overall it has received positive feedback. I am not concerned by the lack of firewire. I like the design and how durable it should be and think it would last me several years if not more. I have wanted backlit keys and LED screen and waiting this long for a product now means i can have these in a macbook. My usage would consist of the usual type of office docs. email, blogging, surfing the web, itunes, light photoshop and using it to store back ups of my dvds. I like the idea of having a laptop for its portability - i have been without any type of personal computer for two years now and rely on the one i use at the office. My last pc i owned had Windows XP and a celeron processor so i'm expecting to see a major difference. Money isn't really a factor as i have been saving for such a longtime for this purchase although i don't want to spend unnecssary funds as I'm certain i don't need the pro model. I think i have thought my potential purchase through thoroughly but any advice would be much appreciated.