Title says it all - my nephew is college bound and I want us to pitch in on a mac for graduation and his Dad (an old IBM'er) is leaning towards a Dell. Help me make my case! Here's what I am ready to send him in support fo the Apple: In my opinion I think the Mac is a better choice. I can give some reasons below. 1. St. Olaf fully supports an active computer community including Macs PCs , and Unix/Linux machines: <http://www.stolaf.edu/services/iit/documentation/intro_acc/> The IBook runs both the Mac OS as well as Unix 2. Macs are easier to operate, use and maintain. They also run the same office software as PC and all files work on both. Apple has some additional propaganda on this: <http://www.apple.com/myths/> 3. Price. The Mac is cheaper for what you get: $1,499.00 IBOOK 12.1-inch TFT XGA display 600MHz PowerPC G3 System bus @ 100MHz 256K L2 cache @ 600MHz 128MB SDRAM memory 20GB Ultra ATA drive AirPort ready Up to 5 hr. battery life Only 4.9 pounds $1,799.00 IBOOK 14.1-inch TFT XGA display 600MHz PowerPC G3 System bus @ 100MHz 256K L2 cache @ 600MHz 256MB SDRAM memory 20GB Ultra ATA drive AirPort ready Up to 6 hr. battery life Only 5.9 pounds Dell Inspirton 4100: Price: $1,957.00 Base: Special! Intel®PIII 1.0GHz-M 14 SXGA+ for the price of 14 XGA Display 100NXHX [461-3961] Memory: 256MB,SDRAM,2DIMMs 256M2D [311-6312] Hard Drives: 30 GB Ultra ATA Hard Drive 30GB [340-6516] Floppy Drive: Modular Floppy Drive FD [340-7047] Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® XP Home Edition WHXP [313-7222] [420-0554] Network Card: Integrated Network Card INTNIC [430-1292] Modem: Internal 56K Modem The CDROM +DVD+ CDRW is an extera $250 3 yr. Onsite service is $100 Both machines would need extra RAM, an extra Battery and carrying case - say another $250 - 300. So, the Mac, which is faster, runs everything he'll need, comes with 2 OSs, CDROM/DVD/CDRW/ENet/Modem/FireWire/Longer Battery life/ would be $1800, The Dell, which is slower, doesn't have firewire, is harder to configure and fix when something goes wrong, and only comes with one OS and is arguably less cool (and harder to use with multimedia applications). is $2307 with onsite service, which is nice. I'm willing to bet there is a local mac shop that can fix the IBook under AppleCare as quickly. Anyway, just some thoughts to at least keep the mac in the running.