I need a new computer, but I’m not sure whether to get the new MBP (Oct. 14) or the iMac. Here is my predicament: I don’t know where I’ll be living next September (graduate school). If my studies take me to the other side of the country (definite possibility), then it doesn’t seem feasible to take an iMac with me. Here is what I had in mind (I’d like everyone’s opinion). Option 1: - 24” iMac - Asus Eee PC 10” Linux (for portability) Option 2: - 15” MBP - 24” Monitor (I’ll decide later) - Mouse/Keyboard If I weren’t in this predicament, I would prefer option 1. It seems that you get a better ‘bang for your buck’ with desktops, and I really like the iMac screen. However, I have no idea how I would lug an iMac halfway across the country without cracking/breaking it. With Option 2, I can buy the monitor wherever I end up, but I’m not too keen on lugging around a 5lb + computer with (presumably) 4h of battery life. I’ve grown accustomed to the weight of my current laptop (3lb) and its long battery life (9h). Anything less, at this point, would seem obsolete. That said, I actually need the computing power of the iMac/MBP – the MBA (and my current laptop) just won’t cut it. Sure, portability is a nice feature, but I’m still trying to decide if it’s a necessary feature (I write essays – a UMPC or library computer would do). Naturally, I could wait until I get a definite answer as to where I’ll end up, but for reasons stated below, the issue is a fairly pressing one. I also finish up this December, so I will have to buy prior to then, or wait until I get assigned a new student number (not sure when). At this point, I need any discount I can get! Pressing issue because… I currently own a 12.1” laptop (Asus Z33a) that has become a serious liability. By ‘liability’, I mean the following: - The ‘i’ button barely works (ironic, switching to a Mac) - The cable sparks/smokes when I plug it into the computer - The computer becomes dangerously hot (burning of the skin hot) - I can’t hear a movie over the sound of the fan (literally) - Photoshop/Dreamweaver crashes the computer - Very ‘grainy’ screen resolution and extremely poor brightness For the record, I despise the Mac ‘lifestyle/fashion statement’ (along with the price), but I admire the exceptional build quality, OS stability, and attention to detail. Thanks for the input! P.S. This took me 30 minutes to write because of my bum “i” button!