Ok, so I'm new to this but have had macs for many years (PB G4 currently). I've also been reading this site and the forums for a long time, but never needed advice I couldn't find before. Here's my problem. I'm buying the 2.3MhZ MBP 15", considering some upgrades to it, and also buying the Apple bluetooth keyboard/mouse combo. I need a display for when I'm working at my desk. I will be doing prof. photo and video editing at tv quality, but I need the portability (hence a laptop, not MacPro). I could buy the apple 23" display, but I am not necessarily attached at the hip to the monitor. It seems about $100-$200 overpriced, even with an edu discount and the recent price cut. I found an acer 24" with these specs: Acer 24" (from BestBuy.com) 6 ms response time 1000:1 contrast ratio 500 cd/m² brightness 1920 x 1200 maximum resolution; 178° viewing angles And apple's specs are: 16ms response time 700:1 contrast ration 400 cd/m2 brightness 1920 x 1200 resolution; 170 degree viewing angle First, am I going to notice a difference between the specifications of these two monitors? Second, is one better than the other? Third, should I just be loyal to apply and buy their monitor? It's $150 more, an inch smaller, and I'm already spending an insane amount on the computer itself. Is it their any non-aesthetic reason to purchase the apple monitor? Thanks all -- you're comments are very much appreciated!