If Apple didn't have any laptops, which laptop would you buy and why? I am trying to find a computer that can compete with the 17'' MBP, and I can't find anything. I like the 8 hr (claimed) battery life on a 17'' high res screen, the tidy package, etc. Nothing really competes... The Dell Studio XPS 16 is pretty good, but I can't stand the keyboard and I only get 2 hours off of the battery when unplugged. The panels are pretty, but they really are grease and fingerprint magnets. The ports are also not to my liking. The plug extends to where i use my mouse (i.e. it gets in the way with normal mouse maneuvering) and the USB ports are too close to my body (my usb mouse stick is in the way and I am afraid of hitting it and breaking it off). The Sony VAIO FW looks like it has a pretty good battery life...but I don't know about VAIO quality. I would get a Lenovo Thinkpad, but they don't offer anything close to the macbook in terms of performance and packaging.