Hey guys, I'm pretty new to the forum, I figured since this is where I came to find most of my information, maybe this would help out a user trying to convert also. Let me start out by introducing myself, first of all, I'm a computer specialist in the United States Army, and am currently deployed to Iraq, I've been deployed since July of last year, and will probably be coming home sometime within the next couple of months hopefully. When I'm not working on the unclassified / classified computer networks / computers in the Army, I go to college full time, and am pursuing a degree in Network / Computer Administration, mainly Cisco etc. I've been a Windows since the first time I touched a computer, the only time I deviated was when I installed OSX 10.4 on my Windows machine, I really just wanted to test it out, but soon gave up on it, mostly due to the fact that it ran like crap on the wrong hardware, and put it behind me. A couple of months ago I started to look around at Mac's again, as I've grown tired of seeing the same stupid crap come from Microsoft, with the problems, virus', spyware etc. And the less that appealing designs of laptops that were being put out by the manufactures. I happened to be surfing eBay one night, and noticed the Mac Book Pro that I currently own (C2D 2.2, 2 gb RAM, 120gb hdd etc.) I was the only person who bid on it, and got it delivered to my house for $1255, pretty good deal if you ask me, even more so that I've been using it. So fast forward today, after all the shipping and waiting for it to arrive in Iraq, I've been using it for a week or so now, and I couldn't imagine going back to my Windows machine, first I was thinking, man I really need a 2 button laptop, but after using this, the 2 finger click is just better than another button, I think. And granted I'm a power user, my Windows laptop isn't a slouch (C2D 2.4ghz, 2gb RAM, 512mb Geforce 8600GT, 120gb 7200rpm HDD etc.) So far I haven't really noticed anything that is a big deal, I can do everything on this laptop that I can do on my Windows machine, minus all the BS. I happen to get a good screen I think, and after browsing the profile thread, my 09c67 looks wonderful, I do have to concede that my other laptop does seem to have darker colors but it's neither here nor there for me. One of the biggest things for me, was that my other laptop weighs in at a hefty 6.8lbs, and the Mac Book Pro comes in just over 5 lbs and 1 inch thick, that is huge for me, seeing as how I'm always mobile, I got sick of carrying that other beast with me, I think it'll be better off sitting on my desk at home, being an iTunes server for my AppleTV and encoding using Handbrake my dvd's, it does fly compared to the Mac Book Pro in that department, I think that it most likely has to do with the marginally faster processor, and the 7200rpm harddrive, but either way, it suites it well. And I'm not really a gamer, but I do play a few games, and I'll just play them on my Windows machine, no problem there. I am by no means completely in the know how of OS X (yet), but some of the things that I really like, the ease of installing/uninstalling applications (that's wonderful!), I personally like iChat so much better than the Windows versions, because I only use AIM, FireFox 3.0 on OS X is awesome, Time Machine is a good addition (yet to use it though), The battery life is crucial I can use the battery on here far longer than I ever could my windows laptop. Some other minor things are, I like syncing my apple products (iTouch, iPhone) to another Apple product , iTunes seems to be way more at home on OS X than the Windows version, which is a plus because I love my music. Another thing is, that I've noticed the user base for Apple Products is awesome, and I believe that's mainly because EVERYONE has essentially the same components, so if you're having a problem, odds are 40 other people on this forum are having or have had that problem, so troubleshooting is much easier, rather than having to figure out which part of your hardware is the problem. Another huge reason that I switched, is the design of the Mac Book Pro, yes I understand that you guys are problem sick of the same design, but this is new to me, and I am the type of person who loves, clean, thought out designs, and the Mac Book Pro sold me on that the day I saw it, It's 1 inch thick, weighs nothing (compared to the former), I love the simplistic but professional look of it, it feels sturdy, and looks great to the eyes. I wish the rest of the computer world could catch up to slot loading drives, magnetic power cords, etc etc. These things really brought me to the Mac Book Pro. Now of course, I can't go through this whole thing and not mention some downfalls that it has compared to my PC, first of all this sucker gets frickin hot, not like burn my skin hot, but plenty hot enough for me to know it's sitting there, the wireless is not as good as the wireless on my other laptop, and I attribute that to the aluminum case, but it's a fair trade off for me. As I mentioned earlier, I do believe the screen on my other laptop to be of better quality than this one, but that's neither here nor there, as it's small compared to the other benefits. And the last thing (which can easily be changed by me) I wish it would have shipped with a 7200rpm harddrive, but as I mentioned that can be remedied by me. Overall, I really like my Mac Book Pro, it has made using the computer a lot more enjoyable, instead of the same ol' crap. I especially enjoy it, because I work on Windows all day at work, it's nice to come back to something different. For anyone considering jumping ship on Windows, don't let the prices deter you, it's worth it, and OS X is definitely easy to learn, and if you can't figure something out, there are PLENTY of people on this forum that will kindly send you in the right direction.