Sorry, this is a bit of a long post, but having tried to find the answers myself, I need help. I am a freelance video editor/motion graphics animator. I was recently relieved of my 1st generation macbook pro (tear!) so I need a new work machine. Times being what they are I'm trying my best to spend my money wisely. What I can't decide is - would it be better to get a new, high end Imac for heavy duty work + a baseline macbook for mobile work, or a beefed up macbook pro + monitor? Through a weird combination of a hookup at apple and the financing plan, the price would be manageable (and by that I mean still so very high. ah apple...) for either option (though ultimately cheaper for the MBP+monitor). I know I need a laptop. I have to have mobility. I would do heavy graphics on my old MBP, but I really put it through the ringer. Lots of dropped frames in FCP playback, long render times in AE, etc. though manageable. But I was thinking maybe the new MBPs would be advanced enough to feel more like a desktop so I was leaning towards the MBP + monitor. Certainly the cost of them has me wanting a pretty major boost (plus it's been 3 years since I bought my old one). But then I started reading about how crumby the 9600m graphics card is (how it hasn't really progressed much over the 8600M of 2007, which is why the benchmarks on apple's website compare the 9600 to the 9400 and not the 8600). So I started leaning towards the Imac+macbook. But then I started thinking about how I really need the expansion slot on the MBP to run eSata and FW400 hookups. I also started thinking about if I did need to do mobile editing/animating, will the macbook hold up? But then I also had questions about the mini display port - all things "mini" seem to come at a quality price. Are all digital monitor connections equal? Because color accuracy is a major concern of mine So I'm asking - are the new MBPs up to snuff for video work? Who is satisfied, and who is not and why? Is there a reason to distrust the mini display port? Is the imac, which uses a lot of mobile (read: inferior) parts anyway, that much different? Sorry for the lengthy post. Hopefully a definitive consensus comes for other people who i know are facing this predicament which will justify the length. It's such a balancing act between performance, cost, and necessity. I'd really appreciate your thoughts!