If you are willing to spend over $2500 than the Powerbook 17" model is an amazing 6.9 pounds. Most Pentium M Centrino models with a 15.4" widescreen are in the 6.2-6.9 pound range............
If you are not tied to sharing IBM programs with a work pc or need certain PC only programs than an Apple is a great choice.
Unlike the Sony 17" Pentium M Centrino model which is also over $2500 (but last in service among major companies) Apple is #1 in service and #1 in support.
You can go into the Apple retail stores (long lines of course and people like Tom Petty in Santa Monica needed a house call to avoid the fans) and get free support even after the warranty is expired (you can't get free phone support after the warranty is out).
The halo effect of the Ipod is pulling up Apple stock over $60 already and analysts think it could hit $100 in some cases (and it was under $20 only a year or so ago).
If you are saying you are traveling, however, a 17" notebook is too large to fit in a notebook backpack. Either a 15.4" Pentium M Centrino notebook (widescreen) like the 6.5 pound HPZT3000 or the 15" Apple powerbook should be a better size (and a 15" Powerbook is $2000-$2500 depending on whether you get a DVD burner or not) and will fit in a notebook backpack for the easiest travel method (on your back and for a less obvious advertisement you are carrying an expensive notebook -- see some of the simple Black Targus 15" notebook backpacks at www.targus.com like the Matrix.
You are paying a premium for Apple. For example you can get a very nice HPZT3000 Pentium M Centrino for under $1500. But if you are willing to pay over $2,000 (not worth it in windows PC as 64 bit Windows Longhorn is coming by 2007) then the Apple powerbooks are great choices.
Guys i'm in the market for a notebook... I'm not one for notebooks but i'm going to be doing A LOT of traveling this summer and later on and I need a GREAT notebook. I'm a PC/Windows man but i'm willing to try new things and ideas. I have played around with some MAC and I really like what I have seen. I just really don't know much about it and that scares me but I can always learn... Can't be the much differnt than windows.
I'm looking for a notebook that is FAST AND POWERFULL! I want a workhorse that I can game on, surf the net, runs really smooth, huge screen, and can muilitast. I have been looking at the 1.5GHz PowerPC G4 17-inch screen. I really like the look of this notebook and I can really load her up if I get this notebook. I have heard GREAT things about this powerbook. The only thing i'm worried about is getting used to MAC...
Tell me what notebook you guys think I should go too... the most i'm willing to spend is around 3,300. And tell me guys that have switched over and had to learn MAC... Tell me how hard it was to learn a new operating system.