...that I need a MacBook Pro, and sooner rather than later? Let me tell you about my situation. I'm a high school senior, and next year I'll be heading off to college, most likely abroad for a year and then the rest back here in the U.S. My first Mac was an iBook G3 (see sig. thread for details); it's LCD cracked a few years back due to "extreme weather conditions", and in late January it's HDD started dying. I'm currently using my Dad's old Dell Inspiron 3200, but I hate it. With 233Mhz and 120MB of RAM, it's worse than my iBook is/was (worst part being Windows '98, and that I'm starting to get used to it ). Before my iBook died, I was perfectly willing to wait until June or whatever, but now? I need OS X! I was at MWSF when the MacBook Pro was released, and it's essentially my dream computer (reasons will be listed below). I've lusted over it since Jan. 7, and have thought about it at least once a day since then. My parents aren't exactly excited about me getting the MacBook Pro, let alone a new computer (reasons will be listed below), so there's been some animosity between us due to this. I told my parents that I would propose the reasons why I should get a MacBook Pro, and the conditions under which I should be allowed to have it. I'm going to list my reasons/conditions, and the reasons why my parents think I shouldn't get it, and then hopefully you guys will be able to add to my reasons/conditions, so that my parents' reasons will effectively be pointless. Let my preface this by saying that I would be paying for this computer. I bought some AAPL last year before the split, and along with some money from work and selling my 5G iPod, I can afford the MacBook Pro. My parents' reasons for me to not get a MacBook Pro right now: ADD runs in my family (it's genetic, believe it or not), and I have mild ADD. My parents think that if I get a new computer, it will distract me, to a large degree, from my studies. We have an iMac G4 downstairs that my mom and brothers use. They don't understand why I can't use that computer for 'net access when I need, and the Dell for everything else. They think that my first semester grades weren't as good as they could've been, and that I shouldn't be rewarded for them. My dad is against me having being able to watch videos in my room where I may get distracted from my schoolwork. They don't understand why I can't wait for either the summertime or for something that Apple will "release in a few months anyways" (my mom). My reasons/conditions for getting a MacBook Pro ASAP: The Dell is a PoS, and shouldn't be forced upon anybody. I can't get it to print with my printer, nor can it run anything but MS Word, so I am relegated to doing my homework on it and having to copy it to another computer via USB drive just to I can print. When the Dell isn't slowly booting up or letting me type, it crashes. I can't keep doing this! Since my parents password-protected each account on the iMac, I can only use it when nobody else is, and when one of my parents is around. This Mac, however, for some reason won't install iWork (I have to use it), so I have to stick with MS Word, which I hate. I sold my 5G iPod (bye bye video distraction #1) and am willing to give all of my DVDs to my parents for them to lock/hide somewhere for the rest of the schoolyear. Until March 31st (my 18th birthday), I will only need the MacBook Pro for homework, and a youth group event on the night of March 18th. I am willing to allow my parents to keep the MacBook in their possesion, that night and homework use excepting, at least until that date (3/31), when I will either get the MacBook Pro or we will negotiate a new "release" date, depending on the status of my grades at that time. When doing homework with the MacBook Pro during this time period, I will only do it downstairs, in full view of my parents, so that they can monitor whether or not I'm doing my homework, and, if I'm not, take the computer away. Although I could simply wait until I turn 18 and then flat-out buy the MacBook Pro, I am coming to my parents first, and want to work out an agreement so that I can at least have/use it on the night of 3/18. My parents may say that my grades were not satisfactory enough for the first semester, but colleges seem to disagree. I've been accepted to the first of hopefully more colleges, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo (Computer Engineering major). If my grades were good enough for Cal Poly, they should be good enough for my parents. The MacBook Pro has an integrated iSight camera. Since our family owns an iSight with our iMac G4 for talking to our relatives in France and elsewhere in the US, a computer with a built-in iSight is the perfect way for me to keep in touch with my family while I'm abroad and at college. Since I've been accepted to Cal Poly, I can use the Apple Store Educational Discount and save $200 when I buy my MacBook Pro. I've checked with all the colleges I've applied to, and the majors I chose, and I am free to use a Mac at all of them. The MacBook Pro uses less power than a lightbulb, and has amazing perks (MagSafe, Sudden Motion Sensor, Illuminated Keyboard, iLife '06 [which I will let my parents install on the family iMac], brighter LCD, thinnest Mac notebook) which will greatly benefit me, both as a student and as a computer user in general. I will be able to run Windows on the MacBook Pro (via Q or Knoppix or hopefully dual-booting), just in case I will need to for some computer class or whatever. I don't play computer games. Period. Well, those are all of their reasons and my reasons/conditions, or at least as much of them as I can think of. If anybody can help, that would be greatly appreciated Thanks so much; I really want a MacBook Pro! EDIT My parents don't know about much of these reasons yet; also, please read all the posts, because what other people/I've said might change your input (hopefully in a positive way).