Hello, I've been reading in the macrumors forums for quite awhile, just haven't ever needed to make a post. Thought I'd make an attempt today. I'm looking for some advice for my purchase of a laptop in the coming weeks or months. I do not NEED one now...I can wait...but I do WANT a laptop fairly soon. Currently I have a G5 iMac that I purchased in November of 2004. This thing is pushing 5.5 Years! This is my first Mac computer. I'm impressed that besides a problem with the power supply in 2006 (That Apple replaced free even though it was out of warranty) there really hasn't been any problems with this thing. I am by no means a "fanboy" but I do appreciate that this thing has lasted. I have upgraded the memory and I'm currently running Mac OS 10.5.8. Since this is a G5 I don't think I can upgrade to 10.6 Here is what I use my iMac for: - Web Browsing/Mail - iChat - iTunes/Burning CDs/downloading music - Fluenz Language Software (similar to Rosetta Stone) - Hulu Video/Video from the ITMS - Some iPhoto - Fantasy Sports (my Safari crashed recently when I was drafting in a ESPN league with a flash based draft room and I was also toggling back to a webpage for draft advice) - Online Poker Pretty basic, consumer, easy stuff. However, I can tell that my Mac is struggling sometimes to handle a lot of different stuff going on. I have 1.5GB of PC3200 Memory. I'm waiting to see the MBP updated just to see the price points and what the updates are. I don't think it will be anything mind blowing. I also do not think I need a MBP. I'm probably more of a Mac Book kinda guy. But I'll consider both really. The $800 Macbook at Microcenter would appear to be a Slam Dunk for me...however...I do have a new job that I'd like to be able to access our VPN. All indications I have from the CTO is that I need a PC to do this. Apparently we use WatchGuard and I need to install software on my personal computer to be able to access the VPN. I could just get a Macbook or Macbook Pro and buy Windows with Boot Camp. That just adds to the costs but only $100-125. Thoughts? Here are some features that I'd like with my next computer albeit a PC or a MAC: - i3 or i5 processor - backlit keyboard - a high res screen - a 15 inch screen (why no 15 in Macbooks?) - 250GB HD+ (160GB in current 13in MBP too small) - DDR3 Memory - Microsoft Office - Great Looking (Most Dells, HPs, Toshibas are UGLY) I'm not trying to "future proof" my next computer but I do want some nice features. Sorry for the long rant. I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.