|have you noticed that HP mounts a num_pad on their 17" models?|
And about the iBook. I have someone in one of my classes that has a 12" iBook. He is partly responsible for me wanting to buy myself a new notebook. Desks in college can be surprisingly small, and the 12" screen is almost a neccesity when trying to fit your notebook on a desk. I don't know a whole lot about the battery life of the Powerbook, my but the guy I know with the iBook says he can get 4 or 5 hours of battery life.