So, Sam, did you get the Mac? I have just ordered an Acer with 3G RAM for $500 from Tigerdirect, and that should be plenty for everything. Built in videocamera too. Big 16" screen. Yummie! I really don't see why anyone should pay over 1K for a laptop, unless special needs. I am not crazy about Vista, but 3 G RAM should do fine, and I am actually curious how fast/slow it is going to be. My expectation is that it should be faster than the current laptop/desktop.