I have read the forums extensively but I am still a tad confused. I need a laptop that I can take with me when I leave work. I run ACT database for my business and it runs in Windows XP on parrellels currently on my imac. It would be nice if I could leave work and have this database with me. The laptop will be my primary machine. Also I will network this laptop in OSX and windows while at work. Now I do not game, most of my work is light, I do design work for my business in InDesign and some light illustrator, photoshop and web design in Freeway Pro. I was leaning towards a Macbook Pro, but cost is a factor, and I am not sure I want a 15". Now I do want to hook up this laptop to an external monitor (20") when I work. I am wondering how well a macbook will handle the monitor. Will the fans come on all the time like my 12" powerbook use to do if I go with a macbook. Right now I think my main concern is using the laptop quietly with the monitors. Anyone have any advice?