My girlfriend is looking to purchase a new laptop when she graduates and we are having some difficulty deciding which to get. She is trying to get a job as a photographer and therefore would be doing some heavy photoshop work. She will, of course, also be doing regular web-surfing, iTunes encoding, web publishing, and some light/medium gaming (eg. Sims 3 when it comes out). The Mac option would be the Macbook pro as it has a larger, higher-resolution screen for editing as well as a dedicated video card, which should speed things up when Snow Leopard is released. However, I've recently seen some interesting offers on PC laptops. In the area of $1300 there are some very nice machines, particularly from Asus, that have the following: *2.53 or 2.66 Ghz C2D Processor *Dual 320 Gb 7200RPM HDs *9650M, 9800M, or 130M Video *Higher Resolution Display All other specs are similar to the MBP, and here are links to a few of the many variations: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220474 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220522 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16834220483 It would appear that the PC offerings are faster as well as significantly cheaper. What would you all recommend?