Haha, I didn't mean to squash your interest in macs. You could go ahead and check 'em out anyway--they also have an academic discount.
In my opinion, they're fantastic as a laptop but it's a little expensive for what you want to do which is pretty basic (correct me if I'm wrong.)
Oh, if you have a Costco (Sam's Cub?) near you, they sell laptops that are pretty decent (big name brands, if you're into that) for a good price. Occasionally passwird.com spots good deals on laptops so you can periodically check that, too.