Ok, I have been a happy PC user for about 20 years now. As someone who knows what I'm doing, I've almost never dealt with viruses or system crashes. My current laptop is a 5 year old acer running a dual core cpu that never, ever crashed on Windows XP. Based on the software I run so far, these are the biggest limitations I can think of for going Mac/OSX: - Poker software - lots of software I run is Windows only. - ECUFlash/Romraider - windows only software for flashing my car's engine CPU - MS-Office - everyone tells me that the Mac versions have issues and are definitely slower on Mac Software development: I'm a very amateur developer using PHP,mySQL,HTML,CSS for web stuff. In the past I've used the WAMP toolkit. It looks like there is a MAMP alternative for this as well. Any other major issues I might run into? Objective C: I am now in a mobile type role, and it might be useful for me to have access to xcode/interface builder for doing mockups or very light builds. This is a big advantage Hardware specific questions: - Magsafe - I LOVE this about mac, since I have broken the DC jack on my current laptop 2x. Are there any PC alternatives? - Touchpad - why are PC touchpads such crap? Of all the PC brands, which do you think has the best touchpad? - Display - I find that most displays are pretty caught up to apple now (at least the ones that use an LED backlight) - Keyboard - less picky about this as long as it's not a super cheap feel Anything I might be missing? My guess is that after everything is purchased, I will end up roughly with: $500 less in my pocket vs. a PC purchase A smaller screen (13" vs 15") Same or similar specs (i5/4gb ram/etc) Better touchpad Magsafe Sound about right?