Hey guys, I just found this site about a week ago and have been lurking ever since. I am in the market for a new laptop and am going to go with a mac because I am looking at getting into some photo/design stuff. I am an avid windows user but am ready to make a switch (hey it worked when I switched to an Ipod...why not a mac computer ) Anyways here are my questions. 1. Should I go with the lower end MBP or the middle class MBP? Like I said...I will only be doing design stuff using CS3 and very little film editing. If there will be a difference in speed using the 256mb video card in the middle MBP I may go for that but that would require a stretch of the budget...or would I be just fine with a lower end MBP. 2. I thought I read somewhere that they will be incorporating 7200rpm drives into MBPs now instead of the 5400rpm. When will this happen and should I wait? I techincally don't need the computer until mid August but would like to get it ahead of time to become familliar with it. Also...will there be a price difference? 3. Can I hook any monitor up to the MBP? I just bought a 20" Samsung monitor about 3 months ago and would love to be able to hook it up that way when at home. 4. The requirements say maximum HD space is 250gb...does that count for external HDs? I have a 400GB one that I would like to hook up to it. Thanks for any and all help guys! I don't know what it is about apple products...but once they get in your system they are like a drug you cannot live without I am anxious as ever to get my hands on a new MBP.