If your spending over $1000 on a laptop, your looking at the wrong products. I understand mobility, but i bought a chromebook that cost $200 and weighs 2 lbs, thinner than most apple laptops, and a 2 year warranty. As mentioned above, an ASUS (my preferred brand) can run at $400-500 for mid class performance (compared to the equivalent of a macbook). It may not look at fancy or shiny as a macbook, but its less likely to be stolen, and if it is, its $400 compared to $3000. realistically, this computer isnt for video or music editing, not for gaming or software design. More for research, papers, studying so you dont need a high end processor or tons of ram. A mid level laptop from ASUS, Acer, Samsung or any other company will do the same as a high end mac at an affordable price range. you wont notice a difference between a mac and a pc for your purpose in nursing school.