Hi What a terrific site/forum I have searched long and hard and gained a lot of knowledge from here. I have recently been given the task of hunting out a laptop for my dad. In his office they currently have an aluminium iMac 2.0GHZ running leopard and a time capsule 500GB both are terrific so naturally I want to get him a mac laptop. He has almost never used a computer at all but ultimately he will end up using office 2004/2008, safari, iphoto. I can't see him ever doing any cpu/gpu intensive stuff other than maybe light photo work but he is also very interested in a pro model. I can see him getting frustrated with a 13" glossy screen. Also a macbook with an external display would not be a good solution as the constant unplugging etc would bug him. I have narrowed it down to the following options (I have converted our local New Zealand prices incl education discount to USD for comparison) NEW MBP 15" 2.4GHZ $2190 REFURB MBP 15" 2.4GHZ $1900 NEW MB (black) 2.4GHZ $1800 REFURB MB (white) 2.4GHZ $1200 USED PB G4 1.67GHZ $750-850 He is concerned about buying a used laptop so are powerbooks generally reliable? At the moment I am leaning towards either the refurbished MBP or the 17" PB. Any recommendations would be much appreciated.