Well I have been going in circles about what to get as my next computer - my current computer is a lousy HP DV4 core2duo with 5gb ram and terrible screen. My usage pattern quickly... Browsing web on sofa and typing frequently (IM etc) Plugging in external display in my home-office and running 4 virtual machines (my current laptop can only manage 2). Watching catchup TV in Bed. Now, I have had an ipad in the past and found I only used it for watching TV in bed and got fed up of inability to type alot on the sofa. I had to return it because it was a work device. I desperately need a machine to run vmware and figured a MBA 8gb ram limit is just not enough - I need 16gb. So that leads me to either a 13" MBP and possibly iPad further down the line, or a MBA 13" and a mac mini with 16gb for my vmware work. I envisage that I only need the 'power' whilst i am at the desk. My problem with the MBP 13 is that standard 5400rpm hdd - that would be NO upgrade to what I already have! So basically I don't know if I am going to be bottle necked running vmware multiple machines because of that drive? I have thought maybe to upgrade MBP with after market SSD but then the cost starts rising to RMBP territory (15) and that's too much. What would you do?