Hello all, I am a medical student on a very fixed budget but still in love with his Apple products. I currently use my Early-2011, MacBook Pro. I also use my iPad Air (first generation) along with bluetooth keyboard to have a second portable device. Unfortunately, the MacBook Pro, probably due to its age?, often has difficulty keeping up with the digital demands. I am typically running very large file Microsoft OneNotes along with Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Firefox, and VLC media player concurrently. Anything new that needs to open takes about 5-10 minutes. My first question would be, is this a consequence of age of the laptop, not enough open space, or simply too much pressure on the device from too many programs running? Additional specs on the laptop 2.3 GHz i5, Memory: 4 GB, Storage: 320 GB SATA disk (70 GB free). My thoughts are, if I got an IMAC and used that for the majority of my work (when at home) and then reset the laptop so there is more storage space, would the laptop be able to hold out for the remaining 3 years of medical school? Or should I instead invest in a new MacBook Pro? Thoughts/opinions much appreciated. Thank you in advance.