Hello everybody for a long time I have been frequently checking macrumors to stay on top of all the information around mac. I joined the family two month ago with my iPad, the first apple device ever (that I bought, of course). This October I will start with university and having nothing better to do I spend a lot of time trying to figure out the perfect equipment for a student who is kind of a perfectionist when it comes to high-tech. I have some money left after month of travelling so it would be great if some of you experts could check my list/ideas for my dorm setup. Important points: Subject involves tons of writing and reading I study in England but come from Germany, so I will travel back and forth very often I want to keep as many things as possible digital, flexible and lightweight I want to do light gaming but only occasionally but need lots of space for music and movies I use my stuff a lot, and even though I want to protect it very well for resale value, I am not always thaaat careful when it comes to using my stuff. I will lug around everything in my bag and travel with it a lot. My budget is comparatively big but I am not a super rich kid with a no-limit credit card For writing, research and media: 13 MacBook Pro 2,26Ghz Adding a 1000Gb 2,5 Harddrive (does anybody know a good one, couldnt fine anything) What kind of protection do I need? Is the following a bit too much? : Twelve South Surface Pad, ProTouch Keyboard Protector, MacBook 13" Arctic See-Thru Case for 13-Inch MacBooks Incase Neoprene Sleeve for 13-inch MacBook For books and notes: (got it already) 16Gb iPad Apple Case Full Body Cover For international Calls with Skype and because I always wanted one: iPhone 4 Screen Protector: if possible anti-glare, any recommendations? Apple Case for free (will buy early enough to get it ) Peripheria: 24 monitor Samsung SyncMaster 2494HM o official apple is too expensive to by two of them (Home and Dorm) o it is quite big, any experiences, whether e.g. 21 are enough for watching movies etc. too? o Monitor stand, to hide Laptop under it 1000Gb External Harddrive o for Backups with Time Machine o Which one should I buy, if possible FireWire 800, no external Power. 2.5. Is that already possible? I know, it is a lot to ask for. Airport Express o (got probably only Ethernet in our dorms, so important for the iPad) iP 49 Docking Station o For Music inside/outside o Do I need computer speakers for serious sound in my 1 room apartment? That means music loud enough for 5-10 drunk people. Bose Companion 2 o Is it worth it? Remember, I have to carry it on an airplane every two month. o Maybe only the TwelveSouth Bass? Sennheiser MM 400 o Anything on a similar performance level but cheaper? Does anybody know something about the duration of the batteries? iPad Dock o (is there one that fits the Apple Case, cause the official one doesnt, right?) Magic Mouse o (really worth it? Have a Logitech Nano, but that blocks a usb Port, not sure about that) CableJive DuaLink o Less cables while travelling! Scosche USB 2.0 Sync cable for iPod and iPhone USB Stick o for carrying small Data packages I think last week I found a kind of organizer case for all the stuff but cant find it anymore. Any hints? So it is possible to switch the plug ins on the power supply cables, but where can I buy single ones? I will be in the States, England and Germany a lot, all of which have different connectors, so I will need at least two of the three kinds, but dont want to buy the traveller pack two times. Any ideas? I know that are tons of questions, sorry for that. Maybe it will help anybody else too, who tries to figure out his life on the road/train as an apple fanboy . Thank you for your help in advance! Best regards!