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What Mac Laptop could you experts recommend?

First, if this isn't the correct spot to post this please let me know.  I've just sold my somewhat new HP laptop and I'm considering the move to a Mac laptop.  I have $800 to work with but can go a little more if I need to.  My current computer environment consist of all PC based machines.  I mainly want to try a Mac because everyone I've ever known to use one will never switch back to PC.  I need the Mac to be able to first and foremost, not be slow.  I'll be using it mostly for business, to include web design, word processing, email, IPod Stuff, web surfing, burn DVD's and CD's.  I would like to be able to run Office for MAC and Quickbooks also.  I've looked at some used laptops on eBay and new ones but I just wanted to get some information here before I made the jump.

My office environment is a Windows 2003 Server domain.  I would also like to be able to join the machine to the domain and access current files and printers if possible.  Thanks in advance.
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strungCommented:
I don't think you will find a new Mac laptop within your price range:

The lowest priced new one is over $1,000. See:  http://store.apple.com/1-800-MY-APPLE/WebObjects/AppleStore/
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GTKINCAuthor Commented:
As for new no.  I've noticed that.  This is why I considered used.
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GTKINCAuthor Commented:
strung, I looked at this model and the ones above it.  Other than a few .2 GHZ or an extra 20GB of space or the fact that one might want one in black, i couldn't tell that much of a difference.  I know that in the Windows Environment then end user for things that i mentioned I'll be doing will never notice the difference in a 1.8GHZ processor and a 2.0GHZ processor.  Is this statement true in the MAC environment also?
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strungCommented:
I agree that you would probably not notice the speed difference, but there are other difference as well. For instance, the 2.0 gig model has a DVD writer, but the 1.8 does not. A detailed comparison can be found here:

http://store.apple.com/Catalog/US/Images/comparison_chart.html
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strungCommented:
This morning's MacIntouch has links for discounted prices on the new MacBooks:  http://www.macintouch.com/
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strungCommented:
There are also some interesting comments on the new MacBooks in today's MacCentral: http://www.macworld.com/news/
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strungCommented:
Here are some numbers as to the speed difference between the slower and faster MacBooks:

MacBook Benchmarks:  http://www.macworld.com/2006/05/firstlooks/macbookbench/index.php
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GTKINCAuthor Commented:
Thanks for all of your input.  Wish me luck.  Lets see if the "switch" takes.
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