Okay, here's my scenario. I currently have an old original White MB that just died on me. I had the iPad 3 but sold it months back. I have been basically using my iPhone 5s and a Chromebook for my computer needs; which I haven't been fully meeting by the way. I am ready to take the plunge on a new personal device for myself. I am looking at one device that will meet all my needs. I could purchase 2 devices if I could keep both around $1500. Here's what I need in my device(s): 1) Portability. I currently travel internationally with my job and I have to carry my 14.1 in Lenovo Laptop in a book bag with me when I travel. I need something light enough to go in the book bag with the Lenovo and not add considerable weight. If it makes any difference, I'm a 35 year old, 185 pound man so it doesn't have to be the size of my phone lol, just light in general. 2) My usage needs. I basically will use this device for Media Consumption (Moves/Streaming to my Apple TV, Music, and Light Gaming/Emulating my current catalog of Retro games), Web Browsing/Downloading, Creating/Editing Office Documents/Spreadsheets occasionally, and Video Encoding using Handbrake (ex. M4V to MP4). 3) Some form of LTE (Built in or USB) for when I'm at the office 4) Excellent Battery Life for when I'm traveling. Here's the thing, I have been having trouble finding one device that meets all of my above criteria. I have considered: 1) The 128GB iPad Pro with LTE. Portability is good, Battery Life is great, Media Consumption is great, BUT, it can't do video encoding with Handbrake. 2) The 12" Retina Macbook. Portability is good, Battery Life is good, Media Consumption is good, did I mention it looks spectacular, BUT, although it can do video encoding, I'm not sure how well it can handle it. Will the system get too bogged down? Will it be too slow? 3) Mac Mini Core i5 (2.6GHz) - 8GB Memory - 1TB Hard Drive) + 64GB Ipad Air 2 w/ LTE. This actually would cover all of my needs great. I guess the only negatives would be I really prefer a single device to do it all, and I wouldn't be able to do Video Encoding or Emulating on the road because the iPad would be my road warrior obviously. and Last but not least......holds breath and puts on armor: 4) The Surface Pro 4 - Core i5 - 8GB Memory - 256GB SSD. This actually is the only single device I've found, THAT I LIKE, that meets all of my needs somewhat comfortably, BUT, it runs Windows LOL. I honestly prefer OSX and iOS to Windows for personal use because they're just easier to maintain in my opinion. I'm an IT guy so I don't worry about viruses, but I do hate having to be a System Admin to my own personal device considering the fact that I do that all day every day at work. OSX/iOS just has that pick up and play/work appeal So, what is your opinion? Which would you choose in my case and why? Do you have an alternate recommendation? Thanks in Advance for the Help!