I was hoping on getting enough in grants and scholarships this year that I would be able to replace my aging desktop and my craptop (that isn't even technically mine) with a decent laptop to get me most of the rest of the way through school. Well, after getting this last scholarship, I definitely have enough money that I can do so come October. Sooo . . . I am starting to research them now. I have already sent an email to my 'personal expert' who also seems to double as my electronics dealfinder, but I thought it might be a good idea to get opinions from a broader spectrum. Ideally, I would like to get a macbook. I would really really really like to get a macbook. But, I don't think it's in the cards. To get everything I would want would cost me far too much, even with the educational discount, and I know how I am . . . I would tell myself "I'll just have to sacrifice this in order to stay within my price limits", and I'd end up forgetting my price limits anyway. Sooo, I'm sticking with PC, I think. What brands should I be researching, and which brands should I be writing off? Are there any specific models you recommend? I would like to make $1400 my absolute maximum price, but $1200 would be more preferable. So . . . what are your experiences?