I've been trying to figure out how to afford a 15.2 inch PowerBook and can't really com up with a way. It's just too expensive and getting AppleCare service is dodgy in Floriduh, since saying that you use a computer doesn't mean that they'll believe you and fix the machine under warranty. The latest lines from HP and Compaq are light and reasonably powerful and inexpensive. There are two drawbacks--that they run Windows and that the graphics hardware is decidedly pathetic. Considering that I need to run graphics software to do some light photo editing on location and print some photos, I think the graphics hardware is not a problem. I've run a WinXP Professional machine in the past and it was acceptable. I think with the right software to keep it secure, I won't have to worry too much. Anyway, the warranty options on the Compaq version are better and it comes with the media card reader. Either way, they're the same machine: http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/s...otebooks/hp_pavilion&storeName=computer_store http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/s...ooks/compaq_presario&storeName=computer_store Thanks for any help/insights! Flaming me is unnecessary.