if you decide to go for a mac have a look at apple uk type in reconditioned, theres usually quite a few on there with decent discounts, or buy from john lewis where you get a 2 year warranty as opposed to the one year nearly all other retailers give you. I wouldnt go for a pro unless your work is design based.
Which every way you go, don't fall for the 'Mac don't need security software' crap that is blurted around. They are just as vulnerable as a PC but because they are in the minority, there isn't any fun or world grabbing headlines to be made.
I'm a Mac user of about 2 years now and wouldn't look back - no hangs, no crashes, always have about 8 programs open at once without any dip in performance. I use PCs at work and curse them constantly.
Have you thought of buying a Mac Mini? You can buy one for about Â£500, and use youâ€™re current monitor, mouse and keyboard.
My son uses a Mac notebook and swears by it, especially from a security point of view. Apparently there are very few if any viruses around that affect Macs. So, you donâ€™t need to buy antivirus software.
I use a Dell laptop at the moment but intend to buy a Mac Mini later this year.
Also, if it helps, the IT manager at my company was a university lecturer in computer science, and he says that the Mac is better by far than a PC.
I'm a Macateer. Wouldn't return back to a windows environment. I have the iBook and iMac and they are a piece of piss to work with, networked or stand alone.
No crashes, no hang ups and the facility to use windows on the intel chipped iMac. Yes games are limited but thats what PS3 or XBox are for.
If a serving member or a civil serpent, (like me), there are cheap software options. (Like Office for Mac at the princely sum of Â£12 yup Â£12.) Microsoft have a deal with MoD for cheap software under a Home Users Scheme. Not at work so cannot assist with web addy.