I will switch to Apple in the next 2 months. Being a longtime wintel user, i'm bored of the problems i currently have (and always had) with my pc. I will use the computer to surf the net, light photoshop, audio editing and multitrack recording and some movie convertion. i need advice on what apple get: an imac 15", a ibook 14", Pb 12" or a Pb 15"(hopefully upgraded). The only thing i actually do that takes an enormous amount of time is avi to mpg convertion (to make vcd's of any videos i found on the net). My current PIII 750 with 256 Mb RAM takes aprox 8 hours to convert a 2 hour movie at a decent resolution. How long do those computers take to do the same job? I will trust your information over benchmarks.