I'm switching! It's a week and a half before finals and my HP laptop just decides to take a crap. I boot it up and I get a message "OPERATING SYSTEM NOT FOUND". Cool, right? Power off/on repeat multiple times until it finally starts up correctly and I get another message "PLEASE SELECT WHICH OPERATING SYSTEM YOU'D LIKE TO RUN"... I have only one (vista) installed. It runs long enough for me to back up all my iTunes music, movies and photos to an external drive and it freezes. For the past day and a half it's been unconscious so with Christmas coming up, I've decided to treat myself to my first shiny mac. I'm not sure which macbook would really suit me best and this is where I'm hoping you guys can come in. I really only need it for the basic things, web browing, iTunes, word processing for my English class, but that's about it. The only intensive thing I'd use it for is ripping DVD's to my touch. I'm not sure if the Air can handle it too well using the external superdrive? I don't mind refurbs either, the previous macbook refurbished at $749 is looking like my best bet right now. Any suggestions are helpful, thanks.