Any input would be appreciated! Bought the iPad on launch day and love it. The iPad will be my primary portable for school, but I'd like something with spine for my desk. With the iMac and MacBook Pro I'd somewhat easily be able to place the machines in my car and go home. I would go for the Mac Pro immediately, but it hasn't been updated in nearly a year and a half. I own a Samsung T260HD that would either act as the primary visual for the Mac Pro or dual for the MacBook and iMac. For both configurations I'm not looking for extreme portability because I have the iPad which can perform most tasks such as email (as can iPhone 4), but mainly word process and formulate excel charts... I just want something I can put in my car in a reasonable amount of time and use at home without hauling the monitor as well. Reason for the 17" MacBook Pro would be the 17" 1920X1200 resolution display, I don't need it to be more portable than that. Configurations: iMac 27" - 2.8GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7 [Add $200.00] - 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 4x2GB [Add $200.00] With the RAM I'm tempted to purchase the 8GB 1066MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB [Add $400.00] from Apple because that's not overpriced (according to Crucial) and that leaves room for later and a more affordable upgrade when it comes time to do so to a total of 16GB... May wait for a likely update... Things will obviously change in that situation. 17" MacBook Pro - 2.66GHz Intel Core i7 [Add $200.00] - 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 rpm [Add $50.00] I want the 7200RPM drive because I've seen significant improvements with the faster drive in my second generation White MacBook. (It's sad this isn't stock on a MacBook Pro.) Any RAM upgrades I will do on my own later on for a cheaper price. With the student discounting the pricing is surprisingly close. The MacBook total came to $2443. The iMac $2378. These prices also include the $119 MobileMe family option... That's a long story. Deadly NYS tax is not included. If you have and questions as to my rationale, please ask. Ideally, you will poke a hole in my thought process and help me make this tough decision. Thanks for the read.