Previously....... I started out on mac forums to inquire about buying a mac. After doing extensive research, I had everything narrowed down to either an ibook or a powerbook. The laptop was going to mainly be used to compliment my windows PC. I had planned on doing all of music, pictures, video, email, internet and other everday tasks on the laptop and use my pc mainly for games and necessary pc only software that I use for my master's. A little backgound on me....... I am an electrical engineer who works for a big corporation. My job requires me to travel at times. My primary duties are to design test systems. This envolves everything from hardware to software. Most of the development I do is in Unix/Linux or on a Windows OS enviroment. After a few years of doing this and dealing with developing hardware and software for a windows platform I had found myself dreading to come home and get on my pc to do my every day things, update security and update virus stuff. this as many of you have noticed can be an everyday thing. I found myself spending quite a bit of money to organize my music, photos, movies and other multimedia. I consider myself a windows guru, unix savvy. I went down to my local compUSA and played around with the mac, that hooked me. I could not believe how smooth OS X flowed, and how awesome the hardware looked. I haven't been this excited since my iPod. Back to the story........ Well I ordered my powerbook on Saturday April the third. My wife finally let me order one. I decided on the loaded fifteen inch powerbook that was refurbished from the apple store, since I knew I needed additional storage, I acquired a firewire drive as well. My powerbook arrived on Thursday April eighth a day earlier than scheduled. Due to the busy holiday, I was unable to use the powerbook until yesterday. In the the last twenty four hours while extensively using my mac, I could not believe how simple it was. I was able to share my windows files with my mac and just copy them over, I was able to see all of my windows information. I set up my wireless router and the mac recognized it immedately. So, here I am as I write this sitting in my living room, no cords. Just simplicity. I wonder why I waited this long to discover Apple Computers. I wonder my the rest of the world hasn't. A little info about the PB....... The powerbook came with evertything, a panther update CD, ilife 04, The PB looks brand new, no scratches or anything. I cannot beleive how silent the operation is. The only thing i can hear are my finger typing on the backlite keyboard. I guess the saying is true, you get what you pay for. Eventhough I could have gotten a PC that is arguably faster for a cheaper price, I do not regret my decision one bit. Thank you mac forum members for all your advice. You guys definately made my "switch" easy.