Good to read this stuff - I guess we're going to be investing in a new laptop for the spouse to use for work/travel. Its not going to be used for gaming at all - but must be able to do heavy word processing and things like power point. Considering Mac but concerned about compatibility with other programs used at the office.
Thankfully this is not needed by Christmas so I may be able to put off the purchase until after Christmas - I've heard that there are often good sales after the holidays. I hope so!