Hey guys. Well, ive decided to take the plunge and start out by getting an associates degree in Art Science (aka Graphic Communications). I'll be a full time student, plus still have a somewhat full time job. Anyways, about a month ago (before deciding to go back to school) I had my heart set on the 24" Alu iMac. Id still like one, but my need to have a machine for "on-the-go" portability is begining to outweigh my thoughts of the iMac. I'll be doing some rather heavy CS3 photoshop/illustrator work to begin with, then I'll be spending some time making a few short films with FCS2 for some other stuff iv'e got going. I know that the iMac would work well for this, but I'm still thinking going portable will be best. I will probably wait till MWSF to see if the SR MBPs fall in price a bit. Has anyone who actually owns a 17" MBP had problems with its size / portability? I'm gonna shoot for the 15.4" but if I find a 17" for a good price, i'll take it. Next question, I looked through all 50+ pages of past and present Mac setup pics on MR and noticed that not one single MBP user used an actual "dock" for hooking up to their external screens / keyboards, speakers, etc. Are they a waste of money?