Was in my local BestBuy earlier today and saw a 15" PB, 1.33 GHz, 256 MB (2004 update model), combo drive, on sale for about $1660 Cdn or $1360 US. It's an open box, but otherwise still new, and more importantly, should carry the manufacturer's warranty for 1 year and eligible for AppleCare. For comparison's sake, I looked at the current 15" PB, 1.5 GHz, 512 MB ram, combo drive, and I can get that after tax and educational discount for $2307 Cdn (I pay minimal sales tax if my university buys it for me for research). I'd have to buy Tiger, some more ram to push it to at least 768 MB, and iLife'05 to make the 1.33 GHz model 'mostly' comparable to the current 15" PB model. Total cost after tax would be $2050 Cdn. So, I'm only saving about $250 Cdn if I go with what Best Buy has. The advantages are: 1) no waiting around for delivery; 2) if there's a problem I can return it. The Best Buy staff have been pretty helpful. But I would not get: 1) hard drive motion protection; 2) no lit keyboard; 3) slightly faster 5400 rpm hard drive; 4) two finger scrolling; 5) slightly better performance. I looked MacWorld ratings and it seems that I would lose only a little in terms of performance because of the slightly slower processor and the hard drive. Also, I have my own 5400 rpm hard drive that if I feel adventurous I could swap in. I could also forget iLife'05 - not sure I really care THAT much. iLife'05 is about $75 Cdn. I had pretty much written off Apple until the new Intel based books come in and had been trying to get an older TiBook off of EBay to fool around with - good luck - they sell for almost the same that I can get this new AlBook for. However, all of a sudden, I have an opportunity to get a new AlBook (although slightly slower) for much cheaper than I normally would consider, and it would probably carry me through until the next couple of generations of Intel based PBs get all ironed out. I originally figured I'd go big (loaded 17" PB) or not bother at all. However, eventhough price is not an issue, I figure a current $2500 or $3000 PB is a lot of money to spend given the upcoming switch over to Intel. I was set on a new IBM or Fujitsu tablet, but they are in short supply and cost $3000. I do need Windows to run a couple of programs, but I'm hoping Virtual PC will be good enough. Any opinions on: 1. Should I go ahead and get this unit from Best Buy? 2. iLife'05 worth it? 3. Is 768 MB ram sufficient? 4. What about 1 GB of ram compared to 1.25 GB of ram? A local shop is selling 512 MB of PC2700 ram for about $70 Cdn. 5. Am I just being stupid hoping Virtual PC will be okay? ... and no, I don't play games - don't own any and don't intend to buy any.