I don't game, I do most of the basic thing. Most intense things I do is stream lossless audio, and rip and stream high def H.264 videos. I would go with a 24" iMac, but I want to be able to have some portability and I enjoy sitting around the house with a laptop in my lap. Two things that I am unsure about: 1) the 13.3 macbook screen being to small and 2) the screens not extending past 90 degree angle (I am tall) Budget has left me with the choice of either the $1299 base MB + 22"+ LCD external monitor for my desk, or spending the cash and simply getting the $1999 MBPro and living with that. Any thoughts to this?