Excuse me for being excited, but as a struggling author . I sent a 2 year old dell laptop (worth about $500) in for repair under warranty. DELL LOST IT! After 3 weeks of endless phone calls to Dell reps in India, Dell sent me a top of the line moby dick size gaming laptop. Vista ended up being such a pain and the laptop so big I sold it for $1500 on ebay and bought a 17 Dell Studio laptop (actually not a bad laptop)but vista was so ugly and slow I promptly sold it for $1000 on ebay and bought a macbook pro 2.4 17 hi res with leopard for $1500 (but got $200 back with live.com). So I paid $1300 for it but then I started drooling over a 3 month old 17 hi res macbook pro 2.6 200gb 7200rpm 4gb ram with warranty thru 8/2011(came with an extra battery, a new latop case and an aluminum laptop bench!) Bought it on ebay $1811 shipped (minus $144 live.com discount!). Promptly sold the 2.4 locally for $1600) So I paid $1667 for the Macbook pro laptop! And basically Dell and Microsoft ($348 from live.com) paid for it! And enough left over to buy mac office 2008, and macspeech 2008. And this macbook pro is so beautiful and fast . This is the first apple I have ever owned! I also invested in the Apple Genius program for $99 a 1 to 1 hour appt each week for a year!