Hi - I've been lurking for a while and finally registered. I've been trawling the forums trying to work out how best to complete my home media setup with a Mac purchase. Current situation >Laptop - 2009 C2D running windows vista (this thing is falling apart!) >Western Digital MyBookWorld ("MBW") II running TwonkyServer 5.0 hooked up to my ISP supplied router >Aiport express hooked up to speakers in the lounge >PS3 connected to the TV in the lounge. >JUST PURCHASED - iPad 3 16GB Wifi Current uses >Stream TV and films held on the MBW from the Laptop to the Ps3 using an on the fly converting media server. >Stream music from the MBW to the airport express via the laptop using itunes. >Complete small amounts of work using office on the windows laptop. Now I've just bought the iPad and I love it. However there's a couple of things bugging me with my current system which I hope to resolve: -I want to use the iPad to stream music from the MBW to the airport express. I can do this using the buzz player app, however the interface is a bit clunky and the connection isn't great (Side note: in order to connect buzz player to the MBW I have to first connect via 'AFP' then via 'UPnP' which is slow - with my laptop's media server I only connect to UPnP and it's quick - any idea why this is?). -Syncing OTA is great! However, I need to have my laptop on, which is annoying as if i want to sync overnight the laptop is on all night. Now I've come up with a couple of options: Option 1 - Mac Mini I could purchase a Mac Mini - connect it to the router (and hence the MBW) and run iTunes on the mini. This would solve the syncing and the 'Laptop on to use iTunes remote' problems. As I understand the Mac Mini can sleep using minimal power and then be woken using a remote. Can the iPad do this? Can the Mini wake to sync? Which mini would I need for these purposes? Would it have to run Lion? Or could I get a cheap, older model, say a 2010 C2D? Older? (In this case I may be able to justify a mini purely media purposes and sort out a laptop separately when the Windows machine finally dies) I would, potentially, also have the option of using a bluetooth keyboard and mouse with the iPad and Airdisplay app to complete the small amounts of work I have to do using office on the mini. However I understand this isn't an enjoyable way to work!. Option 2 - MBA/MBP I am wondering if I can achieve all of the above with an MBA/MBP. Can I connect it to the router (using an adapter if no ethernet port), on a stand with power plugged in (so it's running directly off AC rather than charging/draining the battery). And have it operate in the same way as the mini above? (with sleep/wake when i need it?) Is having it constantly connected going to kill the Macbook quickly? Can I have a similar sleep to wake function as I would have with the Mini? The bonus of this is that I have a nice sturdy Macbook to complete my work on - and this is transportable is necessary (unlike the Mini +Ipad combo). Sorry for the length of the post! All ideas appreciated!