I have taken a bold step into this Apple forum for a little guidance. From what I understand, Apple make excellent products and an excellent laptop, now I need you kind folks to sell it to me. A little about my background, about five years ago I bought an excellent computer system from a company that builds custom computer systems (ABS). The machine has been very good to me. (P4 1.7 with 2G.) I have replaced the hard drive only to get a bigger drive. I have never had any malfunctions. I use the computer for photography, two Canon 5ds and Photoshop CS3 with a couple of add-ons. My computer is starting to get really, really slow. Many people in my photography circle continually tell me I must get an Apple, it is so much better. When asked why, I always get some vague response like, It just is or it just works. Ive asked a couple of people to let me use their Mac Book Pro overnight but they wouldnt part with them. So off to the Apple store I go. I have been to two different Apple stores twice. The Chicago store and the Woodfield Store. At the Chicago store, both times I couldnt even talk to a salesperson; they were that busy, the same happened at the Woodfield store the first time. I went back a second time and I swear the sales person wouldnt be able to sell ice water in a heatwave. He had little drive or ambition. He asked what I was interested in and guided me to the Mac Book Pro and left me! I am at the point where I need to buy a new system and I have it down to these choices: Buy a new motherboard, CPU, video card and memory and upgrade my computer. Approx cost $600.00 for a system that will last another five years -quad core. Buy a new laptop $2800 quad core! see here : http://www.sagernotebook.com/product_customed.php?pid=29175&action=customize Buy a Mac Book Pro at a minimum cost of $2700 plus all new software. In the end, Photoshop is Photoshop, no matter on what machine it is running, at least that is my understanding. If Im wrong let me know. I also need to be sold on the Apple computer in general. Any input will be appreciated. Many thanks.