Well, I have decided to not get the mac pro I was thinking about and have a new crop of likely candidates that all fall into a very tight price range. Either: The new iMac - 24" 2.93 C2D with the Radeon HD4850 The current MacBook Pro 15" 2.4 C2D Unibody The previous gen MacBook Pro 17" 2.6 C2D w/Hi-Res display I do not have either a working portable or desktop at home right now. The old MDD power supply finally gave out. I know the iMac with the Radeon card would certainly outperform the notebooks, and I love the display, but I can do most of what I need without that power. The heaviest thing I might be doing is editing some DVCPro HD footage from an HVX200. The books can do that, although render time is going to be longer. I guess I'm interested in feedback from anyone who has had to choose between a Macbook and a desktop. I'm also interested in which notebook of those two you'd go for and why.. Thanks a ton!