Evening all. My experience with Apple products has been rather random. I owned a Macintosh Performa something back in the day, when most people on the net were still in their diapers. I've still got bits and pieces of it hidden away... somewhere. I've had iPods and even bought a MBP back in very early 2008 before the redesign. Which I modded with an SSD several years back and which died not long ago. Anyway, getting to the point here. I recently came across software that I really liked. Unfortunately, it's OSX only, and I've been a DOS and then Windows person most of my life. I could rent time on a cloud OSX system and use my license there, but it's not cost effective in the long run. I've figured I could get a new Mac. All I need is Mavericks and newer OS wise. The actual requirements for the software are rather loose, and it's not needy in terms of fast hardware. I'm looking at the 11" Air, and optioning it with 8 GB of RAM and a bump in SSD space. But I then decided to look at the MBPs. The 2.7 ghz i5 with the 256 GB SSD seems great for $1,500 excl. tax. I'm sure 8 GB would suffice. Then I look at the 11" Air, and optioned it with a 2.2 ghz i7, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD space, and that comes out to $1,349 excl. tax. I'm not bothered by the small screen, as I have plans on hooking it up to one of my Dell U3014s, unless I can't. If I can't, do I need a special hub and cable to do so or is it simply impossible? Which system or what configuration would serve me at least 3-4 years or maybe 5 if I get something faster? I managed to stretch my Q1 MBP nearly 8 years and it was humming along decently until the end. It did show its age in recent years though. Also I don't plan on using the keyboard on the laptop much. And instead choosing to use a USB wireless or wired keyboard, and a mouse. Seeing as I'll only be needing it for a few hours a week, I'd like to keep it under $1,700. I spent much more than that on my old MBP. They were the Rolls Royces of laptops back then, which justified the price. And would these be able to connect to my home mass storage I've built? Or do I need something specifically formatted in whatever OSX is using these days? Like Time Machine or can I use a quality external drive for extra backup? Or would I be better off using my DropBox for important stuff?