What do you think your getting for $600, honestly. I fully understand that we have to live within our means. If your budget is $600 then yes, you can get a decent laptop for $600. It will serve your needs, although slow and limited in abilities. If that what you have to work with then make it work. Understand the context in which I said that. The person I was replying to basically stated this $600 laptop was to get his granddaughter through college. Now honestly, do you think you'll still be using that computer 4 years from now? As soon as its feasible you will upgrade, regardless of mac or PC, but to a better computer. Your time is valuable and just knowing that a project can get done in 1/2 the time is enough to get you to upgrade. Of course if the money is not there then we must make due, I understand and appreciate that. I didn't mean to upset or offend you in any way just prove a point that you cant compare a macbook with sub $600 notebook, they are not the same.