Hi chaps. I'm going to be starting a postgrad degree in a couple of months and though I have an iMac 24" (2008), I'm not sure whether I will be taking it with me (depends if I have enough space where I choose to live). In any case, I want to get a MacBook since it'll probably be less hassle if I need to move about. I've been doing quite a bit of reading and research on here and on YouTube over the past few weeks, and have considered all models. However, I think I've narrowed it down more or less to two models: 1. MacBook Air 13" 256GB with the i7 and 8GB RAM (about £1300 with HE discount) 2. MacBook Pro 15" base model with 8GB RAM and hi-res antiglare display (about £1400 with HE discount) Whilst my degree won't exactly require any heavy lifting, I do use my Mac a lot for leisure and this includes things like Logic, Photoshop and iMovie. I also am a gamer, and although I would be taking my PS3 primarily for that purpose, I might play the odd Source game and Minecraft etc on the computer. I ruled out the retina since it's a bit pricey, and I'd rather not buy a rev A product from what I've read on it anyway. The 13" MBP is tempting as it is cheaper, but if I'm going in the Pro direction, the base 15" is still within my reach and the improvement over the Air is a lot more notable because it would give me the option to play more games with the 650M if I chose to do so, and the quad-core would be nice for my leisure activities I suspect. I don't usually use my laptop to take notes or anything (I'm a pen and paper type of guy), but I think if I had the Air, I'd be more inclined to carry it around with me and it might be useful if I needed to look stuff up or refer to a PDF etc. I realise that to a large extent, the choice depends on whether I value power or portability more, and to be honest, I'd like the power but I'm not sure whether I *need* it really, and many have told me that they would trade power for a lighter computer. Also, I'd maybe upgrade to an SSD + optibay in future if I got the MBP but I probably can't afford to do it right away (and prices will surely go down in another year or so). The optical drive is pretty useless to me. So though I know this kind of thing is asked quite a bit, I'd like to get some opinions. Are there any serious limitations to the Air that mean I would appreciate the Pro coming from an iMac? Is the Air capable enough?