okay. i just bought my mac. and as a college student i got their student discount. it was a 100 off a powerbook 12 with combo , 200 off 12 with super or 15 combo 300 off 15 with super or 17 with combo and 400 off 17 with superdrive.
it also came with a free ipod mini (the 200 dollar one) and a printer worth 100 bucks. great deal IMO.
theipod and printer were rebates , but still. and MAC OWNS ALL
one of the best things about mac is that there's like absolutely no viruses. all viruses are geared towards windows because apple only has 3% market share.
and for anything graphics editing and multimedia work MAC OWNS WINDOWS hands down. ase of use, reliability, are all great too. Longhorn is still going to be pretty much the same as XP, they're prmising the same types of things for longhorn taht they did XP and didn't put up on.