I've been fascinated with Macs for a while now (and in fact, I'm typing this post on my 7-year old PowerBook that I bought last year), and so I strongly considered getting a new MacBook. But in the end, I decided the Dell was a better use of my money, for the following reasons. First of all, the Dell cost only $750 (14-inch screen, 2.2 ghz with 2 GB of RAM). This is hundreds of dollars cheaper than a comparable Mac. And I didn't want a glossy screen. Also, I've tried to give OS X a shot (and yes, I realize there have been improvements since Panther, which I'm now using on my PowerBook), but Windows just seems more intuitive: I don't really see the point of displaying multiple open programs at the same time. It just makes more sense to me to focus on one window at a time; thus, the lack of a "maximize" option in OS X is frustrating. The OS X dock seems like a waste of space to me. I know what applications I have; I don't need to constantly see colorful icons for Word, Firefox, iTunes, etc. I'd prefer to see which applications I currently have open. But in OS X, you just have a thumbnail of open documents on the right side of the dock, and you have to scroll over it to see which document it is. By contrast, with Windows, you can just read what your open programs are across the taskbar. I right-click all the time. The absence of a right-click button on MacBooks strikes me as being silly. I know you can hit "control," but it's annoying to have to use 2 hands. And I know the Mighty Mouse has virtual right-click detection, but why not just have 2 buttons? It seems like Apple is putting aesthetics over functionality here. I don't have any interest in any of the "iLife" stuff. I just need to do word processing and internet browsing. In the end, I really liked the idea of getting a Mac, but there just didn't seem to be any compelling reason to spend the extra money. I realize that it seems like most computer experts prefer OS X to Windows, so I tried to keep an open mind, but I just don't "get" why Macs are supposed to be better.