I recently gave my iBook to a family member for their first year of college, and now I find myself once again looking for a computer for myself. I really didn't like the iBook (800 MHz G4); it was too slow, I didn't like the feel of the plastic trackpad and the button was so loud when clicked! So I looked at the 12" PowerBook, and it's better, but I don't really want to invest that much money in a computer when the technology seems so outdated (I say outdated because even the iMacs will be getting better processors next month--and the PowerBook are supposed to be pro machines). Does anyone have any suggestions? There's no way I can spend more than $1400, and even that's stretching it. Are the newest generation of iBooks better than the last? Is the button still so loud when you click it?