I am really close to making the switch. This forum has been a huge help! I have a couple questions and would like your input. I am going to buy the MBP 2.6, 200GB(7200rpm) with 4GB RAM, don't worry not buying the ram from apple I want the mobility of the 15", right now I have the Dell m170 and the display is great, but the size is very cumbersome. That's why 15 vs 17 works for me. I want to get a 28" monitor to have in my home office where I do 75% of my work and then the ability to take the laptop out when I need to... What is the downside if any of using this MBP with an external monitor? So the laptop would be lid down while at home, is there a problem with that? Will it really heat up while driving a large monitor while playing a game or doing other video intensive work? You can see that I am struggling with the laptop vs desktop thingy... I want the best of both worlds! Can this laptop of all laptops fulfill my demands? This is the monitor I am interested in getting at Costco Will this work with the MBP? Thanks in advance for the help!