I’m in the process of researching my next notebook purchase. If people could attempt to maintain an unbiased viewpoint that would be very useful. I'm a qualified accountant currently offering personal tax and finance advice. The form factor I've decided on is 15”. I’ve considered the 13” but I can’t justify giving up the screen real-estate (and the fact I’d go for the hi-res screen) for the added mobility. My everyday tasks are split between work and home use. As a general oversight these include multimedia, photo editing and extensive MS Word/Excel. Assuming I go Mac OS I will also require decent Virtualization performance on the occasion I need to run Windows software I use for my work. The packages cannot be found in Mac OS form. The following factors are also important: - Build Quality - Battery Life - Value for Money Hardware & Specification From the first two points you can see why I am considering the 15” mid-range i5 MBP. But I am struggling to overcome the third point. For example a similar spec’d Vaio E Series is approx. $1000 (£700) a-drift and includes a BDVD player. But bad experiences with windows notebooks have taught me that they are generally built to last 18-24 months at the very best. If I could find a machine with the build quality and battery life of a MBP with a windows OS I’d be more than happy. Don't get me wrong, I love Mac OS, however the financial industry in the UK seems to be significantly dominated by Windows software and I refuse to run two machines. Any help and advice is appreciated.