Last year, in a moment of haste, I purchased a MacBook air. When I got it I found it very confusing to use. Long story short: I sold it a month later. I currently use my work-provided laptop, a DELL, which does the job. But I prefer to keep my personal and work things totally separate. Therefore, my wife and I are taking a second look at the MacBook as our personal laptop. Here is my thing: we have gone through 2 laptops before (Windows based) and after less than 2 years they are garbage: battery goes, slows down, virus, harddrive gone, etc. We are not gamers, not into photography or anything with graphics. Our uses for it would be: internet, iTunes, MS Office, and require Parallels to run Windows for a small side-project that requires Windows. That's it. I guess I am asking: Is a Mac worth it? For what we use it for, will it out-live an HP or Dell? Also, the one I had before was so foreign to what I was used to with a Windows computer re: minimize windows, where files are kept, etc.