Psh, I'm too tired to argue for a mac right now...
at $1500, i would take a serious look at a mac...The microsoft word is windows compatiable, but you'd have to buy microsoft word for mac. $1500 is good enough for a high end ibook or a upgraded 12 inch or stock 15 inch laptop. Plus you get all that free software, and the power PC arteciture is makes a Mac about 2x as fast as a PC with comparable clock speed...unless it's an AMD laptop, then it's more like...1.5 x as fast...
businesses usually use IBM think pads, you their customer service is pretty good. But beware, thinkpads are now under the command of some chinese company, so customer service might faulter.
AMD Newcastle skt 754 3000+
Elitegroup 755-A2 ATX motherboard
512 DDR RAM
120 gig PATA Hard drive
128 mb AGP 8x ATI Radeon 9250
300 watt 12 volt psu
Antec SLK 1600 case