Hi there! Long time no post. I've owned A LOT of macs over the last few years, and finally settled for the 13" air 1,7 GHz i5 (mid 2011 sandy bridge). It took me a while to figure out my computing needs (mb-imac-mbp-mac mini-...-mba), and what power and portability is concerned this machine suits my needs perfecly. But I'm not here to share the story of my life. Even though the screen size and resolution is sufficient, it's not great while at the desk. Long story short: I'm in the market for a big monitor. Not another machine. I hate to distribute data across different systems, and an iMac for example would be a waste of money. Now, I know the ATD is quite expensive, but I'm willing to pay premium if it really is the best 27" monitor for my laptop. But i have a few concerns: 1) How does the monitor affect the computers heat/fan noise? Will the system run slower because of extra load? I've been searching around, getting mixed results. Very interested in peoples experiences in this regard. This is my main concern. 2) Will other non-apple products support thunderbolt in the future? 3) Will the thunderbolt standard be outdated the next time I'm in the market for a new laptop? 4) Do you recommend a non-apple monitor instead? Why?