I'm going to college in the fall and I'm getting a laptop as a graduation gift. My parents want to stay under $1000 and a couple weeks ago I was set on getting an iBook. But I've been looking around and I'm seeing Windows laptops with better specs for less money and they are starting to appeal to me. I really like the fact that macs cannot get viruses, they're very portable and they just seem so simple. But then again I've been with PC's my whole life and am pretty efficient with them. In college I plan to use the notebook for papers/notes, AIM, watching movies and downloading music. No photo editing or video editing. I'm just wondering which machine would be best for my needs. And I realize that this is a MAC forum, but I know that MAC users are more intelligent and not as hardcore and biased as PC users.