I have "toyed" with the idea of waiting to see if there is an announcement in June of new MacBooks, but have decided that it is doubtful that even if there is an announcement, they won't be ready to ship until late summer and I am just tired of waiting. My basic needs are Internet, email, iTunes and a little word processing. I currently have a 5 year old PC desktop with an external hard drive, which currently stores my music, tvshows and digital pictures. I like the idea of having an external drive to store this information so as to not clutter the hard drive on my computer. Moreover, my current PC hard drive is only 32G and my external is currently sitting at over 100G. My first dilema is which MacBook to buy. I was initially considering the basic $1099 model and upgrading the RAM on my own to 4G. I however like the idea of the superdrive to be able to burn DVDs in the future as I may not have the funds to upgrade my PC to an iMac anytime in the near future. While I don't currently burn DVDs, I ponder whether that is something I would like to do if I had the capabilities. Despite the increased hard drive, is this really worth my extra money?? My second delima is whether to purchase a basic 802.11n router and a new external hard drive to attach to my MacBook for my music, pictures, etc or to purchase the Airport Extreme Base Station and network my existing external hard drive to my MacBook and my PC (does this work!). I also like the idea of using a USB Hub and networking my printer as well, but again question if this truely functions. However, the AEBS definitely has some mixed reviews - it seems that it either works great or it does not work at all. The down side to having a basic router and an external drive is that the drive will always need to be attached if I am on iTunes or working with my pictures. My final delima is whether to purchase a copy of Windows XP (I will not go with Vista) to put on my MacBook. I have to use WordPerfect for my work, which is not available for Mac. However, I can work around this by using my PC if I have to, although it would be nice to use the laptop. I could also instead purchase Word for Mac and then convert to Word for Windows and then convert to WordPerfect if I needed to. Part of me also thinks it would be nice to have it for those other instances where there is no Mac version of software or to run my Windows Quicken that I recently purchased. So I guess my question is, is having XP on my machine worth it. Does the configurations of the basic MacBook truely support having XP. The last thing I want to do is slow down my new MacBook as I am currently working on a very slow PC. Thanks in advance for your help! I can't wait to get it ordered!