I have an iPad, 13" air, desktop right now and I'm thinking of consolidating the last two...to a 17" I've got ram to upgrade and a 20% off coupon from amazon which puts the 27" down to $1828. which to me says a lot of first year depreciation is going to be taken away. Additionally, I live in a desert and drive everywhere. I can't spec a high res 15 for anywhere near that it seems. I also have a small Dell mini 9 for IT consulting, it's worth nothing and works ok for limited use (terminal services, router configuration, etc) Here's what I'm thinking. On trips and the odd time I have to travel, I can. I believe the backpack I have will tke the 17" too. I'm consulting less and doing photography more, I can also use the iPad as needed for flights or trips... At the end of the day, the 17 is not much heavier than the 15, and the screen res is what I currently use on my desktop machine. So for those who have had the 17", did you end up hating the weight, did you appreciate the screen? How is the sound output? Obviously the downside is weight, and also room to room mobile, using in bed, etc.. I'm paging heavily on the air already without even getting into heavy manipulation, and the color seems to clip badly (though I seem to be the only one it bothers). Thoughts?