So, long story short: I am a big fan of OS X, but I have a few unusual goals or requirements, and I'm trying to get them synchronized. Right now, I'm using a 2010 MBP, a 2011 MBA, and a Mac Mini from quite a long time ago. Ideally, I would like to reduce this to one or two machines. Requirements: A way to simultaneously have gigabit ethernet, firewire, and dual-link DVI or equivalent. A low-glare display. (Macbook Air is too glossy, Thunderbolt and the like are WAY too glossy.) Non-interpolated display mode. (2x2 pixel blocks are okay, but non-integer scaling is Not Okay.) SSD. At least two USB ports. Actually exists, does not require buying a product which "will" be released. 8GB memory. Fewer than three machines. Would be nice: Specifically DVI, so I can use this on a KVM switch with other computers. Matte display. 1920x1080 or higher resolution. Ideally, 16:10 rather than 16:9. At least 4 USB ports. 16GB memory. Video hardware that isn't totally awful. Smallish size. (I have a laptop bag which I don't think would take the 15" laptops.) Single machine that meets all requirements. Quad-core CPU. Option of user-replaceable drive (so I can put in a larger, faster, SSD than the stuff Apple sells, and pay less for it.) What I've found: The thunderbolt display is too shiny for me. A display that shiny gives me horrible headaches. Other than that, this would do a pretty good job of providing display, firewire, ethernet, and USB. But it's not a DVI display, so it can't be shared over the KVM. Supposedly Belkin is releasing a Thunderbolt dock with firewire/ethernet/USB, but (1) I hate Belkin a lot and would rather not buy anything they make, ever, and (2) I don't know that it's actually out yet. Matrox is releasing a Thunderbolt dock, but (1) also not out yet, and (2) no firewire. (also no passthrough.) The 2012 MBP has the ports I want, but peaks out at 1600x1050, which is lower resolution than I want, and also has noticably worse performance and hardware in other respects. Also doesn't come in 16GB. The Retina lacks ports I want. The docks don't exist, except in the form of the Thunderbolt display, which is shiny. The Retina display is rather shinier than I'd like, honestly. Yes, I really have gone and looked at it in stores. It's a step up from the Air's display for my purposes, but I don't like it, and I'd feel horrible spending $3k on a machine with a display that glossy. Gorgeous color, but... Headache-inducing, for me. The Retina can't display a high resolution other than its insanely-high 2880x1800 resolution without non-integer scaling, which bugs me. Basically, for my purposes it'd be 1440x900, which is too low, and 2880x1800 is too high. Mini has poor graphics hardware, also not portable. Mac Pro is hopelessly obsolete and will remain so for some time. So my ideas are: 1. Wait until more thunderbolt docks are available, get one with ethernet+firewire+DVI, get a Retina, run it as a clamshell except when out and about. Not ideal, but probably better than nothing. Downsides: Can't upgrade drive, Apple's SSD pricing strikes me as unreasonable, not as many USB ports as I want. 2. Get a Mini for home use, which is where I care about ethernet and firewire, use it with a thunderbolt->DVI adapter, get either a MBP or a MBPR for out-and-about. Downsides: Mini's not quad-core, still can't upgrade drive in Retina. 3. Get a MBP. Should be able to replace hard drive/memory. Downsides: Resolution's not what I'd like, performance a little sub-optimal, cooling not as good as MBPR. 4. Hackintosh (ewww). Probably hard to get firewire, but easy to get a machine with faster CPU, better video, adequate cooling, display I like, and two drive bays (e.g., ASUS G55). I don't think I can do it legally, though. 5. Post on forums asking for help. I'm totally stumped here. So far as I can tell, there simply isn't any way to get what I want right now. The closest options, I think, are a hypothetical non-glossy thunderbolt display, if Apple ever released one, or a suitable Thunderbolt dock, if one is ever released. Those appear to all be future possibilties, though; nothing I could go online and order today.