Hello, How are you? I sold my 2009 macbook pro. It was the 17 inch model. It had the core 2 duo 2.66, gforce 9600 and I had installed an ocz agility 1. Now, I'm looking for a new machine. I use my computer just for general web and bogs and photography. I just use lightroom, PhotoShop CS5, photomatix pro and the web browser. I already have external firewire hard drives, so storage is not a concern. I'm really thinking about buying a 13 inch air with the sandy bridge I5 and a thunderbolt display. This way I could have a great display with ips for photo edit, an excellent dock with fast ports and have a truly portable laptop, unlike my 17 inch pro. The other option was a 27 inch I5 imac. It was cheaper. The thing is I don't really like the integrated display and computer concept. Although more expensive, a separate display could last me several laptops or computer generations. so, after all this, if you've read this far, these are my questions to you: - is the air really faster and noticiable more performant than my old macbook pro? - for what I said I would use the computer, would the air do a good job? - would the imac option be that much faster? - any of you use the air for similar tasks? Any problems with raw files? - any other advice? Please help me out. Thank you! Cheers!