Okay so i start college this fall. I was planning on moving to the dorms and was set on buying a MBP. BUT things have changed and now im going to stay at home and go to college. So now im thinking of getting a desktop (iMac) I really really like how the MBP looks and stuff and it will be my first ever laptop. Ive always had desktops , maybe thats why i want a laptop idk. Ill just be using the computer for basic college stuff and iWork and web surfing. the only gaming ill be doing on it is the SIMs 3. I Love the huge screen on the iMac but i also like the privacy i can have with a laptop. Im also worried about dust. I can buy a case for the MBP to keep it from the elements in the house. But not so for the iMac. I wont be traveling with a computer. Or im not sure if i am or not at the moment. Can laptops be on all day? Can it be used as my main computer? (without heat etc) The Specs of the MBP 13" Are: -2.4GHz -4GB -500GB HD -NIVIDIA Geforce 320M graphics -iWork -A case (must have) -printer it will be around $1,750 The Specs of the iMac 21.5" are: -3.06GHz -1TB -ATI Radeon HD 4670 256MB -Printer -iWork it will be around $1,750 I will be using one of them as my next Main computer. Both dont include the price of Applecare. and $1750 is my limit. So if im not buying Applecare which machine will be better with that in mind. I hope you answer all my questions lol sorry its so long.