Hi everyone, I've been contemplating replacing my early 2008 MacBook Pro with either one of the latest iMacs (21.5" or 27") or MacBook Pro (15" or 17"). Even though my laptop still works fine at the moment, in a few months I won't be a student anymore and therefore I thought of anticipating a possible purchase by a few months to make the most out of the discount offered by Apple. Currently, I mainly use my MBP for academic writing, using Pages or MS Word, with the occasional use of statistics programs and watching movies/TV shows. I also wouldn't mind being able to do a little bit of gaming on my future machine. I have a few questions regarding the latest Apple products which might help me decide what machine to go for. I know that they might've been asked on this forum thousands of times already but I hope that a kind soul on here will be willing to help me out nevertheless... 1) Given my main use of a computer described above, which product and screen size would you recommend? I am slightly unsure on whether to go for a laptop or a stationary computer because, although in the last year I hardly used my MBP outside of my flat, I generally take my laptop with me while on visiting my family (usually twice per year) and it's always pleasant to have all my files on me. In terms of screen size I am somewhat afraid that the 27" iMac might be excessive for my use or that the 17" MBP might make the portability advantage of owning a laptop useless. 2) If I decided to go for the latest MBP, what kind of improvements could I expect from it, compared to my current model? I must add that my MBP's motherboard stopped functioning about a year ago and I only managed to avoid buying a new MBP at the time through AppleCare. Do I still have to expect this kind of issues or are the new Apple laptops generally more reliable? 3) I currently have Snow Leopard installed on my machine and I regularly back up the contents of laptop through time machine. Would I be able to transfer all my files directly to the new computer or would there be some limitations? Additionally, would you recommend I waited for the release of OS X Lion before buying a new iMac/MBP or not? Owning several Apple computers in my household, I would probably buy the new operating system separately anyway. Thank you in advance for your help!