hello! i finally did it. i bought a new mac pro and 23" apple display. after reading these forums for a while, and considering all these pluses and minuses of investing so much money in a computer, i finally caved. i could only remember envying everyone who bought one of these mighty machines and today, finally, i could join you. i've been using my 7 year old powerbook g4 everyday and it's been wonderful. i really hope the new mac pro will be exactly as good as this powerbook was to me. i got the folks over at the apple store to transfer all my data from my powerbook to the mac pro. it was painless. i had no idea what they did, but they did a great job. they opened the display on the spot and let me check for dead pixels and any irregularities. when i approved, they put it back in the box and off i went. the mac pro is heavy, so i got them to deliver it for free. there was no way i could carry that in a tokyo train. i didn't want to use the online store so they opened one they had in stock and configured it to my specifications without delay. it took about 30 minutes to configure and about an hour for me to ask all my questions/transfer of data. they were extremely helpful and i got .mac and final cut express for free. i love this computer! i've read about so many people who are on the fence about buying the cinema displays. admittedly, i was one of them. but when i considered that despite the fact that apple would release a new display soon, i wouldn't be daring enough to buy the new design. the current generation is perfect design-wise and the specifications are adequate. many of my co-workers use eizo and nec displays. i like it and enjoy using it but it's very ugly. i disagree that the cinema display is all form and no function. comparison of functions is all relative but at the end, it's what you use it for. the contrast is fine, too high contrast is not always good. too wide gamut is also not always good. the cinema display is very balanced. the price is not so bad. i have no desire to output/input using anything other than DVI. if my mac pro uses DVI, and i use my cinema display with mac pro, then DVI is OK. i have a television for other things like blu-ray disc recorder and home theatre. gaming is for ps3 and wii. why game on 23" anyway? this is my first intel mac so i'm eager to try running windows and parallels on this. i've heard so much about it but have never been fortunate enough to own a system that could do it. my co-workers don't seem to care about windows much so they can't help. does anyone have any good websites to show me how to do it best? i know that many people are not happy with the standard configuration of the "standard" mac pro, but coming from my powerbook g4, this thing is very fast. i'm satisfied and would do the same again if i can choose. i'm loving it. -itou. ps: i bought the mac pro at the shibuya store in tokyo. i'm not sure if many people are in japan here, but if you need help, shibuya is very good. ginza... not so much.