I'm not the type of person who buys the latest tech and then sells it every year or every other year to fund the next latest tech purchase. So please bear that in mind when making a recommendation. I probably buy a new computer every three to four years on average, but we have a family of five users in the household so I expect to have usability for at least 8 years to varying degrees. Current example of this is the 17" flat screen G4 that my son runs in the bedroom for music and dvd watching, it's practically useless as a computer now and barely loads up any flash or video content online, but the screen is still bright and has no dead pixels and it runs dvds and music just great. So I'm in a position now where my current iMac is having a few HD issues, it's a 20" white intel core duo and getting on for five years old, and can't run lion. it's served me well and I intend to have a go at putting in a new HD once I get my new setup running, which brings me to my question about future proofing, I like my stuff to be usable for a very long time and I really hate when parts remain usable and other bits don't. For that reason I decided to make my next computer a mac mini upgraded to the i7 and will upgrade ram to 8gb once I get it here. I figure seperate display and computer will serve my needs/wants better. So the question I wanted to ask is, will I absolutely need to get a thunderbolt display to ensure me long term use from my monitor? the second hand market in NZ isn't that great because there just aren't as many people out there looking to buy, so buying and selling to upgrade isn't an option that makes financial sense. Apple have shown in the past that they can be extremely ruthless at cutting out dying technology, they tend to opt for the cold turkey method rather than the gentle weaning that other manufacturers err towards. So when it comes time to replace my new mac mini in four years time, will I find that -not- going with a thunderbolt capable monitor now will mean I am stuck with having to buy a new one because apple have decided to remove all other connectivity from the mini? I'm looking at the 27" dell, it's matt which is a bonus as I am wanting to use the computer in our family room for watching movies as well. I'm thinking glossy screen isn't ideal for this? (correct me if I have made a wrong assumption) My part time work involves a lot of fiddling about with maps and pdfs and I do have dreams of taking my photography hobby to the next level, so for that reason I believe the glossy screen of the ATD is a good thing? The other reason I would lean towards the dell is that it is a lot cheaper here in NZ. The dell is $1249 NZ vs the ATD at $1649 NZ. If I convert the US prices ($949 dell, $999 ATD) they come in at $1232nz and $1287. So the dell wins on actually being comparable in worldwide market pricing. (why the price hike for NZ market apple?) But the big question comes down to which monitor will actually work for me in the long term. Anyone here have access to a crystal ball?