I currently am using a halfway decent dell 15.4". Nothing special about it. My brother is IT for a large company and gives me free computers every 6 months or so but they're probably worth about 3 or 400 bucks on the market. So nothing lighting fast or a nice screen etc. I'm 30 and actually going back to school to finish my degree. Up til now, I've used it mainly for surfing the net and occasional document use but that's about it. I really want to get the 15" mbp. Obviously, it's beautiful to look at, has great features, a great screen and above all, I've never met anyone that didn't love their Mac. The problem is of course justifying the price. When comparing stats, it seems that a typical PC is about half the price of a Mac. This has been my brothers primary argument. Why spend 2k when for about 1100, you can get the same thing in a PC. I've surfed this forum a bit but if anyone is willing, please help explain why the MBP commands the extra $$. I know that there's more to it. That you can't compare PC to MAC like it's apples to apples. Any help would be appreciated.