Well, after about a week or two of agonizing research and debating, I finally picked up a Macbook. I know there are those out there who debated for much longer than I did, but when I sat down and rationalized everything, the MB was the right laptop for me. I got the base C2D 2GHz model. I figure that for what I'm using it for (college papers and research), the MBP would be overkill. Besides, by spending a little bit on the MB now, it'll allow me to woo the family over to an iMac in the near future. I'll upgrade the memory to 4GB in short order, and possibly add a bigger/faster HDD as well. I've been a Pee-Cee guy for so long now that it feels really weird not using Windows, but in reality, I'm quite happy. I decided to go with iWork '08 instead of office, and unless my studies require me to dual-boot into XP for something, I plan on going MS free from here on out. Thanks for the advice and I look to the day I'll be able to pay it forward to another person wanting to make the 'switch'. Quick question - I bought the 13" incase neoprene MB case. I heard people complaining about the black ones leaving marks on their MB. I got the olive one, anybody have experience with it?