Only thing I've ever used a Mac for was video editing.. and I went cheap, got a G4, 500Mhz, 256mbs RAM. You know what though, it ran Final Cut Pro and OSX Tiger just peachy, was a tad slow at rendering.. took 37 hours to render 5mins of video, but hey, it worked. But def. agree, Apple's prices are getting ridiculous, and the "build quality" isn't that great. I know quite a few Mac owning friends who have major problems with their Macbook Pros and my roommate even sent his in 7 times for major repairs within 9 months, he recently demanded a refund for it though. Only thing I like from Apple is the iPhone, and that's it. But I'm sure a cheaper and better alternative will soon become available.