I've been wanting to get a Mac again for several years. I had one in high school, overall I really liked it, minus the two major crashes it went through and I lost all of my school work (It was an online school and this was while I was still in the learning process of getting everything right with computers) But again, overall I really like the look and feel of the Mac and have been wanting to get one for a while. I keep talking myself out of getting a Mac for one reason or another. But, I'm finally going to get an iPod touch (soon hopefully, just waiting for local stores to get some) After I see how I like it and if I feel the Apple product really lives up to all its hype, I'm thinking I will dive into Macs next. Of course I would wait for a refresh, or whatever is to come. But, I have a few questions first (I always seem to have questions, sorry about that!) 1). I do a lot of work on the computer, at the moment the job I'm doing (which I could do 24 hours a day) is all on the computer. But even the other jobs I would do would require a computer. How do I know before buying a Mac that I can actually do everything I need to do on them? Some of the work I do couldn't be tested on a display unit, not to mention there really are no nearby retailers that sell Apple. Would I be best off to buy a starter product, say a Macbook, try it out and see if it works, or do I have other options? 2). If I know my work currently works on Vista, does that mean it would run on a Mac running Windows? (I don't know why, but it just seems so wrong to run windows on a Mac, but maybe I'm just crazy ) 3). Are Macs really as good as I hear and think they are? I sometimes have in my head that Macs are perfect, while I know that can't be the case, I'm just curious if they really are that much better than a PC. My experience in the past hasn't been that good, so that probably is why I question now. 4). What would be a good Mac to start with? I like the Macbook, but I already have a PC that is basically the same size with similar specs and I don't really think I need another one. I also have a laptop comparable to the MacBook Pro, which is what I currently do all my work on. I like the MacBook Air, but I'm not sure if it would be able to handle as much as other computers. Since I have so many laptops, I'm thinking I may go with a desktop this time instead. I will be moving soon (closer to an Apple store luckly ) and I am going to redo my entire office and will have more space for a desktop, so I'm thinking this may be the way to go. As far as my needs, I'm not sure how much of my work I would do on the Mac since my computers now seem to do the job well, but I would certainly want something that would be quick for internet browsing, word processing, photo editing, etc. Right now I'm not in school, but once I move I hope to go back, I've not really decided on what I will study, but I know it would be something in computers, leaning towards Engineering, IT or possibly graphic design. I don't think it would be important, at this time anyway, for it to be able to handle something in one of those careers, but something that could handle the school work would be awesome. Sorry for the length of this post, but I've found myself lost in the orchard and I'm hoping someone can give me some advice! Thanks!