Hey everyone, first off I just wanted to say that I've just recently stumbled across these forums, and I've done a fair amount of searching for people asking this question. To be honest, I'm pretty sure I know what answers I'm going to get, but I figured I'd take a shot and see if maybe I can get more insight. Quick summary of me - I'm 23, about to begin school again after realizing I need it to go anywhere in my line of work (Contracts), and have always used a PC... and I've never owned a laptop, or purchased a premade computer. Since early high school I started building computers with what parts I could find, and all my friends were into the LAN party scene... had TONS of fun talking hardware and trash-talking each others rig... all in good fun Anyways, none of us had even considered a Mac. We all played games too much for it to be a viable option... not to mention, they're pretty damn pricey. Fast forward 6 years and here I am, still playing games on my desktop, but not nearly as much as I used to. And as I mentioned, I'll be going back to school soon, so I'll have even less time for games... so they're not a huge concern, though being able to play Diablo 3 is a MUST That all being said, one of my two best friends is the Mac rep at a Best Buy. He also used to be a PC guy and up until 2 years ago hadn't even TOUCHED one. Now? Biggest Mac fanboy around - good for him I say. Always good to take pride in your work. Regardless, I've always poked fun at certain aspects of Apple, but I'll focus in on the ones relevant to this post, which is why in the WORLD would someone pay double (and I've literally pieced together systems time and time again that prove this, so this is a fact I've seen personally many times over) for a system that, in all honesty, can do the same thing as a Windows system? ESPECIALLY with Win7. I try to envision a situation where I'm doing the things I do on my PC, and look over to see a Mac doing it THAT much differently... and I can't. I mean how much of a difference can there be in typing our a word document on OS X vs Win7? Browsing the internet? Basic things like that, that I'll need to do to get my B.S. in Business Management? All that aside, something tells me that getting a MacBook Pro for school instead of a PC based laptop is a good idea. Things I've never had to deal with and are easily looked over might make or break my experience with school on a laptop, like: battery life, build quality, OS stability, lack of viruses, etc - the things I know a Mac would excel at. Even so! I keep thinking, "Ok, so what? I have to reformat once every year or so to keep my PC laptop running clean. I've done that for the past 8 years?" As you can see, my thoughts are very scattered on this, and I haven't even really asked my question yet, so I'll try to make it as simple as possible. TL: DR... plus some more - I want a laptop that'll last me 4 years at least, will stay reliable throughout that time, can do some light to moderate gaming, but most importantly, will be good for online college course work. I know a PC laptop can do all these things, but something tells me this is finally a good time to jump to the Mac. Why should I jump ship? I WANT to be convinced! P.S. It's late and I've been obsessing over this questions for the past week so I think I'm nearly ranting... so I apologize for the near structureless POS post that is... this post, but I figure maybe it'll hit home with someone that's been in a similar situation. Thanks in advance for any input.