I made the "switch." I am currently typing on my new MacBook! This has been a yearlong decision-making process. My 5 year old laptop is not going to make it much longer. Replaced the fan 2 or 3 times and the keyboard 2 times. Then it just started shutting off due to overheating.
Last night I turned on Mac for the first time. WOW! Worked immediately. Currently I am running on the battery only and it is working like it is plugged in and hooked up. No laptop I have works this well on the battery. Another Mac user also has the ability to "take over" my screen and make changes and show me how to do things. Thanks Scott for helping me last night. I look forward to more help and the questions and adventures to come.