After doing much calculation, I found that with a great deal I got on the 30" cinema.. I can sell it for a profit and with the profit gained and spending about 50-100 dollars more, I can get the current thunderbolt display. ill list my personal pros and eventually, id like to know your opinion too, thanks!! 30" Matte - I originally had the unibody 15" mbp and I hated staring at my face time to time. Granted, its not happening 24/7, but with my dell 2209wa I noticed a much more pleasing and less distracting experience (especially during the day when the windows are near!!) Silver Frame - I'm also not a personal fan of the whole black bezel scheme apple is going for.. which is another reason why i love the MBA!! Built in 2009 - According to appleserialnumberinfo, my display was made in 09, so its not terribly old.. considering I couldve gotten a 30 cinema that could've been 5 years old. Physically Bigger - I love high PPI, but 108 vs 100 isn't much of a difference. I'm only gonna care when its above 200 (haha, i wonder how long itll take to get there!). So in this case, I like literally having the 'bigger' monitor. Plus, i like having more vertical pixels, not into the whole 16:9 'thing.' 27" THUNDERBOLT and DOCKING - pretty much explains itself. I LOVE having less cables, its a huge plus for me... Webcam - i dont webcam often, but when I do, I wanna avoid having to remove my mba from the bookarc (i dont like leaving my laptop open as a second monitor, i find it distracting) LED backlighting - i suppose this gives it a better contrast right? brighter whites and deeper blacks? Overall, it seems like the 30" is for me for practical day to day use. But at the same time, I dont wanna invest in something thats "old." The thunderbolt docking is really tempting me to switch over, but the glass isn't so pleasing. I dont HATE the glass and never ever see myself with it.. but having thunderbolt is making me overlook the whole glass thing. Oh and most importantly, I use my computer as a typical college student. Surf, email, music, movies. I do use aperture and cs5 but nothing to the industrial level. I know FW800 is a huge plus, but I can live with having to wait an extra 5 minutes for an export since I'm only doing it "once."