my girlfriends boss is after a new laptop and ive been aske to look into the option.. money isnt an issue but portability, reliability and how snazzy it looks is... she currently got a PC sony vaio but its on its last legs.. she open to stick with PC's or go with MACS (although everyone who works with her would rather she stayed with what she knows) ive already compiled some info on the range of powerbook macs (its easy coz there are only 5 to choose from) and told her microsoft office doesnt come with so she'll have to pay extra for it.. (she needs word, excel etc) i thought she should get from john lewis (coz of the 2 year g'tee) and have found these PC's: SONY VAIO (coz she's already got one) Z1RMP - £1699 V505CP - £1499 FR415S.CEK - £1299 HEWLETT PACKARD (coz my gf's got one and its been great) ZD7050EA - £1599 ZT3010EA - 1099 ZE5416 - £899 i have a couple of questions i hope you guys can help me with.. are these any good? should i be avoiding any of them? none of the sony's come with word or excel or anything some of the hp's come with word 2002 but thats it.. how much is it gonna cost to add microsoft office to these prices and does nobody sell these machines with it included? whats the difference between XP home and XP pro? thanks all edit: i just checked out the ibooks.. how come the Macs are winning on price? are there any similar (or cheaper) priced PC's out there that are a decent brand with a Pentium 4 processor and look cool? i cant beleive that Macs might win this on value for money! the big problem is there are SO many options on the PC front that i dont know where to start!