Hi everyone, Long time lurker, first time poster here. Anyways - down to business. Earlier this week I was burglarized (on my birthday too...) and got my iPod, MacBook Pro and 5 yr old dell laptop taken from me. Very annoying! Especially that they took my reserve computer that's crappy and will last all of 30 minutes without the charger they didn't steal... but I digress. So now I find myself computerless, and am seeking advice on what I should do - I want to purchase a 24" iMac. First, a little about myself and what my computing needs will be. I am currently a 5th year senior in Engineering, graduating this upcoming May. Upon graduation I'm moving in with my wonderful girlfriend who will be purchasing a MacBook Air (We are both fortunate enough and thankful to have jobs out of college in this economy :/ ). Additionally, both of us will have laptops assigned for work and to be used primarily for that - perhaps some internet browsing at home. Anyways, I think it would be nice to have a primary computer for our heavy duty needs, and an air for just browsing on the couch. For this reason the iMac would be great to have for the wireless drive it would provide. The main reason I'd like to get the 24" is for the bigger screen, though I'm also impressed by the specs. I would use it mainly for music, internet and office work, with a little light gaming mixed in (WoW). I feel like the iMac can easily handle this and more. Also, I would maybe like to get the 24" monitor from apple for more workspace if I find it's needed. Okay, with that covered, here are my questions: a) What computer should I get? MBP with external display, or iMac? Cost is a factor, which is why I'm leaning towards the iMac. Also, with 1 more semester left I am less worried about portability. With a MBA in the future I believe I'll be covered for any work portability. Also, with a job in the future the LCD display will be easily achievable - though that goes for the MBP too. b) When should I get said computer? I would really like one ASAP. It is a little frustrating to not have a computer right now. I know the MBPs were just updated, so it would be nice to be ahead of the curve on that. The iMacs are in for a redesign, but I'm not sure how long I'd like to wait around. It isn't imperative to get one, I can always use the library- it's just more of a convenience thing. Also, with what I do would it be better to wait for the new specs? How great of an increase will it be? Thank you so much in advance for your help. Also - if you'd like any more information let me know and I'll try to be timely about it. Thanks!