Here's the deal: I have decided to buy a laptop. I will be using it for 6 months at home and then taking it with me while I live in Europe for a year. Other than taking it on the plane with me, it won't go anywhere else with it. I'll be treating it like a desktop, so it'll just sit at my desk here and wherever I stay in Europe. The only reasons I'm getting a laptop is because I wanted a computer in Europe with me and getting a desktop for only 6 months of use would be a waste. Since this is the case, I have ruled out a 12" iBook or Powerbook because the screen is just too small. I also don't want to spend money on an external display and don't have enough money for a 17" PB. So my main question is: Do you suggest the iBook 14 or Powerbook 15 for my needs (Office, iLife, Dreamweaver, internet, watching movies)? Here are some more specific questions: 1. How large is the speed difference between the iBook and PB's processor and hard drive? 2. I don't really have to worry about durability and battery life since the laptop will always stay on a desk. I will however need a good wireless internet signal. I have heard the iBook has a better signal? Is this true? Is the signal noticeably better? 3. Since the laptop will be sitting at a desk at all times, I probably wont be using the battery at all. Is it possible to just take the battery out or shut it down so its value doesnt get depleted? I dont want to drain the batterys life by keeping the laptop plugged into the wall, in-case I ever need the battery. What should I do about the battery in my situation? 4. I'm debating whether or not I need a Superdrive. I won't be making movies, so the only reason I would need a SD is for back-up purposes and would only do this a handful of times. Is that truly worth the extra $135? 5. An iBook with my needed specs (512 MB RAM, 80GB HD, combo or SD) costs between $1,311-1,511. A PB costs $1,799-1,934. Are the extra features in the PB worth the extra cost? 6. Finally, I want to have a set of good quality 2.1 speakers plugged into the laptop. Is it possible to plug high-powered speakers into the iBook? Which port would I need to be able to do that? I really appreciate all the help. I am hoping to make an order by this week-end, so I would be really grateful for all your suggestions!