Hey Macrumors, I've been occasionally posting here and there since August of '06 at this forum. I've been encountering some weird situations with friends, co-workers and family that are starting to make me question if what I'm about to do is worth it. I'm 2 months away from heading to college and I can't wait to get a hold of a brand new Apple laptop for school. For months, I've always thought I'd get an MBP... I prefer the color, screen size (15.4") and keyboard more, and I want just a better machine in general. I've had my PC desktop for well over 5 years now, so I obviously do not go through computers annually. When I talk about the future machine I plan on purchasing, I seem to get more negative feedback than positive. I can't really tell why. The first response I get from someone is usually something along the lines of, "You don't NEED a $1500+ laptop." The second most common response is, "You don't NEED at least 1GB of RAM or that big of a processor." When it really comes down to it, I suppose I honestly won't be doing intense graphic work 24/7 or gaming... BUT, I just can't help but think, "If I'm going to be investing in a new computer AND I have the money to do so, I want it to be something I'M satisfied and happy with - something that will last me a long time." Am I right or wrong? I just needed some other kind of advice... and I figured this was the best place to search for some! Thanks in advance, guys!