So my question is how much improvement those 4 cores in mac mini would be over 2 core 2.9GHZ i7 in 13" macbook pro? I'm going to use it for Photoshop/movies/music. Photoshop can be resource hungry with larger files, that i usually work with ( add many layers to that ) I'm currently on a 2010 PC which is still quite capable ( included picture with specs ), but windows is killing me with eachd ay. And since macs in my country are way overpriced i can afford either a mini which i'd then upgrade with 256gb ssd and 16gb of RAM. or a 13 inch high end macbook pro which would get a 16 gb ram and an ssd later. I'd go with the macbook for it's portability since i'm going to travel but a mini and an external monitor is not a huge problem either, but you know a laptop's a laptop. You have what you need in front of you without the need of cables plugged in to anything. Plus the display which makes working/enjoying your stuff on the go possible.