I'm stuck in the middle between the two machines. I already have a Macbook Air 11" (previous gen) that I really do like, but the screen size is just a hair to small for me to do any real work on it. So it's going no matter which machine I switch too... iMac 27": 3.4GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB (I'll upgrade to 16 or 32GB after from OWC/Newegg) 3TB Fusion Drive NVIDIA GeForce GTX 680MX 2GB GDDR5 AppleCare Total: $2,693 or Retina Macbook Pro 15": 2.7GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM 512GB Flash Storage Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adaptor MagSafe to MagSafe 2 Converter Applecare Total: $2,905 So that's the choices... I already have a Hack mac pro (had to, for the performance I wanted, used to have a 27" iMac and loved it but I got it right before Thunderbolt and that really, really, ticked me off...), it geekbenches at ~15,000-17,500 depending on it's mood. No matter what it'll end up being the gaming machine for that random 1-3 days a month I play games... As for what I do: Adobe Creative Cloud Suite "Hobbyist" Final Cut Suite Browsing the intertubes... Games (ocasionaly, and not top priority with other box) Travel (a lot) Will have a work issued laptop (Boeing, so it's not going to be a mac ) Like the idea of one computer to run them all..! Now for the real kicker, I already have TWO NEC 2490 WUXI2's LUT calibratable monitors on ergotron mounts on my desk. Not sure what to do with them if I get either option (other than keep at least one if I get the laptop for the desktop). Any thoughts on what I should do? Again I'll have a work issued laptop but if I can finagle using my own that would be awesomeI will be working from home in Puget sound area as it's a travel heavy job too The iMac sounds like a great choice, but won't have the Macbook Air anymore for when I travel. The rMBP sounds perfect for a do everything, check all the boxes, but it's larger, heavier, and more worrisome when traveling. The 13" rMBP + 27" iMac would be a wonderful combination... Just to pricey at this point. Should I go 27" and just eventually get another Apple Portable? My iPad mini is NOT a replacement for what I do... Any thoughts appreciated......!!!!!