So, I'm thinking about getting a Mac laptop. Aah, how I love my Windows PC*, oh yes. So I'll not be a switcher, more of a straddler. All I'm wanting to do really is make sure I'll be getting something for the right reasons, that I'm not full of incorrect assumptions about Apple stuff, and I can get the best out of the whole thing. So. Why a Mac? For all I love my PC, I also have to get down and dirty with it. Six months ago it decided to stop working and it transpired that it hated the soundcard drivers that I installed two months previous to it going "Bleurgh". Why? I have no idea. In hindsight, it was fun to have something go wrong that I had to fix, but it was for no reason, and it was a pain in the hole. Doing that with a laptop isn't my idea of a good time, especially if I'm halfway through a large coffee miles from my screwdrivers. And laptop hardware gives me the willies just thinking about buying it; "I need an X. But it has to be for a laptop. And it has to be no wider than Y. Or thicker than Z. And has to have a really low power drain." Macs, as is my understanding, are somewhat more stable, and there's more standardised whatsits going on, making a smoother ride for new drivers and hardware. Meaning I get less chance of it Kernel Panicking(That's right, isn't it? The Mac's version of the BSOD) and making me weep. What do I want it for? Not too much really. Just a chance to be out and about and have a bigger screen and more funtionality than my iPhone, which I absolutely adore. If I have a laptop I'll get GIMP on it, and listen to music while on the 'net when out and about(as well as using it in bed when I'm after a lazy weekend), so I'll need it to keep a few things running smoothly. If I was just after Internet stuff, I'd live with a netbook no problem, but I'll be wanting a bit more than that. Oh and all right, I have a few games that are Mac compatable, I'll end up with one of two on there too. Now. I'm a Windows user most of my life. XP now. Refused to get Vista. Seriously pondering 7 when it comes out. What's the learning curve like? I know it'll be different, and that's fine. I can learn. And I doubt I'll be dual booting because, really, am I that needy? If I need, really need, something to run on Windows, then yeah, but I'm not planning on it. So. The real question is what do I get? The MacBook looks decent enough, but the MacBook Pro provides a little more oomph. The MacBook is £150 cheaper than the Pro, but the Pro looks so much nicer and has what appears to be an amazing trackpad. For my needs, would you say that the MB does the job, or will I end up with something that's just lacking after a year? How much joy does the fancy trackpad bring? And lets be brutally honest here; for what I'm after, is anything over £500 just throwing money away like some sort of mad fool? And, inevitably, should I wait? I have a few options really: I go with various rumours of a price drop in September and grab something then; I go out within this month and grab something(Both meaning I'll have to get that payment plan thing. Mixed feelings on it. Could pay the remainder off by, ooh, end of the year, though. Opinions?); or save save save and buy around January, which is around the time they'll possibly maybe have upgraded the hardware and guff, netting me something a bit more powerful and a few inches more futureproof. Arguably, I don't need anything so I could give my money to the poor and put off buying one for the next ten years, but I'd like something, so no "If you're willing to wait until X, then you can wait until Y", you cheeky scamps. Aah, long post. Sorry. I ramble lots. Go me. *Big beefy black monolith of raw computing power that I had made to my specs. Two and a half years and it still plays the latest games. Mm. Rats nest of wires inside it, sorry, I'm going off topic.