Hello MacRumors members! I'll get down to business. I don't have an Apple. In fact I doubt the device I have really constitutes a computer. Here it is: Dell Latitude D520 Intel Celeron CPU 520 @ 1.60 GHz 1 GB of RAM (recently upgraded from 512 MB) I've had this computer for a couple months over the five-year mark. It is starting to show its age and I've been looking at other computers for a couple months now. My search is over, as I have decided upon an Apple. I'm a university student. I've never really gotten involved with editing but I would want the ability to do so in the future, should the need arise. I game a little bit, but want this computer to be primarily work-based. This is where you guys come in. As you have noticed I tend to hold onto things for quite a while. Apple really clinched the deal for me with its durable and reliable product lines. Any computer I get is likely to be light-years ahead of my old Dell. Is is worth it to get a brand-new Apple? I'll be holding onto it for a few years so I don't mind the high price. I've looked at Craigslist but am always a little hesitant to buy used, especially something as personal as a computer. Is a new MacBook Pro the light at the end of the tunnel? I've read that the new ones will have a performance boost of about 10-20% over the previous models. I don't really have a way to quantify this, as my current laptop is from the Stone Age. Is that fractional boost noticeable from the current model? Any university students out there in internet-land use a desktop such as the iMac? This will probably last longer than the MacBook Pro - but is the loss of portability worth it? I am trying to decide between the MacBook Pro and iMac. Has anyone purchased an iMac and regretted the lack of portability? How much more powerful is the iMac than the MacBook Pro? I appreciate you reading my whole post, even though you may not respond .