As stated above, I am about to buy a laptop and am seeing what OT recommends. The reason I say $1500 is because I am about to buy the black Macbook. If you think this laptop would not be the good choice, please say why and list something else. Also if you say no, suggest why I should not get an Apple. I currently have little experience with it, but definately think it is worth trying. So state why a Windows based laptop would be suggested over the Apple. Thanks.