~~~I posted this here instead of the "buying tips" thread because I am looking seriously at a MBA and need to understand their capabilities. I have never owned a Mac. I have been a PC user for 15 years. I've owned a variety of laptops and desktops (some I built, some retail). What I currently own - HP M9340F C2Quad 2.66GHz 6GB 500GB 22" HP monitor 1920x1080 MSI Wind 2GB RAM 160GB HDD (OS X & XP partitions) Iphone 2G (LOVE IT!!!) 1TB external drive (NTFS) I recently put OS X on my Wind, and I really like it. I've also played around with OS X at the Apple store and Bestbuy, and I know I am obviously not getting close to what it offers on my Wind. I love the touchpads on the new Macbooks. I saw the MBA refurbs for $999, and I thought I might sell the Wind and buy the refurb MBA. I've read through the refurb thread and had considered just buying the $999 MBA revA 1.6/80 instead of one of the SSD versions or a revB. I've also been thinking about just selling my HP tower and the Wind and getting a new Macbook or a new MBA (using my monitor with it). My only concern is jumping all the way into Mac after being a PC user for so long. I think that won't be a problem with the ability to use bootcamp, fusion, or parallels to run Windows when needed. I also definately want something portable. It would be nice having something stationed on the desk at home, too. I just don't know what combination to keep/purchase. iMac/Wind, HP PC/MBA, MBArev2/Wind, MB/Wind? This is where I need some advice. Here is what I use my computer for: Web browsing, Email (yahoo & gmail) Movies and TV (Hulu, iTunes, XVID, MKV) Visual Studio for programming (I am taking classes to eventually program full-time) Word, Excel Photoshop Throwing in a wild-card (I have a beautiful 10 month old girl and may buy a digital camcorder soon, so I might need to be able to handle video transfer/storage; doubt I will be editting much) (usually running several of these processes at the same time) I take my Wind to Work and School with me for browsing web and watching videos during lunch or downtime. It would be helpful to have Visual Studio available on a machine that I can take on the go. I haven't tried yet, but I don't think the Wind will be able to handle it very well (and even if it does, I doubt programming on a 10" screen would be ideal). A couple of questions: On a MBA rev1 - Visual Studio can be a pretty resource-intensive program. Do you think I would be able to run it on XP using fusion or parallels, or will I have to use bootcamp because the MBA won't handle it in a virtual environment? Would the snappier MBA rev2 be powerful enough to be my primary computer? I would like the portability, but I would also like to use it with my 22" monitor at home with a bluetooth keyboard and mouse. I think the best route for me might be to just go cheap for now and get the $999 refurb MBA to go with my HP PC. Later on I could trade in the PC for an iMac or the PC and refurb MBA for a more powerful solution. I usually go head first into these things , so I was considering selling all the PC gear for Mac. Sorry for the LONG post. I figured the more info I gave, the better help I would get. I've been on this forum the last few days, and I truly appreciate all the information I've absorbed.