Hello all. What a great looking forumn you have here! Right my top of the range HP laptop has died after an unimpressive 3 years of service 1 of which has been painfully slow. So I've decided to switch to apple and see if the grass is greener. Although value and apple are not words used in the same sentence im still after good bang for buck. The portability argument is not very applicable as generally I work at a desk so do not require portability similarly I have an external monitor so attatching a laptop with additional wires although not ideal is not a swaying factor either. Ive debated between an imac 21.5" and macbook pro retina and the choice finally has come down to bang for buck. I qualify for student discount and comparing the middle macbook pro retina with 8gb ram, 256flash storage, dual core and iris graphics with a base imac with quad core, 8gb ram,256 flash storage, iris pro graphics the price difference is negligable. Am I missing something here? I always believed you paid a premium for portability? Can anyone shed any light on this? Is it because the pro has just had an update but the imac is due one? Yes quad core would be quicker as long as the application can split tasks between the cores and the graphics is marginally better but thats all I can see? Any comments much appreciated.