First, a little background: I'm in university studying something in the humanities (therefore, notes, notes, notes) and will [finally] be dumping my old HP Pavilion bought in '07. My budget's around 1800 USD. Pocketing some money would be nice but that's not a priority. I plan to use my Mac as my primary computer and like any other typical consumer; for music, internet browsing, and producing work in MS Office. Multitasking will involve six to nine web pages open (some with Flash), iTunes, and a Word Document, so nothing that I think is too intensive. But there are occasions (say twice a month) that I use Adobe Photoshop CS4 and/or iMovie. I'm still not sure yet how I'll use my Mac in class (if I even do--I might stick to pen and paper) but know that I do travel by air quite a bit (about once a month) and want something that is at least somewhat portable: so I have my heart set on a 13-incher. But as far as which Mac to go with is where I can't make up my mind, so I thought I'd ask the experts My three ideas are listed below with price estimates according to my state and education discounts: 1) New Mid-2011 Macbook Air 13" i7 4 GB RAM 256 flash storage w/Superdrive: ~$1850 The ultraportability is a major plus. Also, after seeing recent, glowing reviews, I'm not concerned about performance--the new update is ironically part of the problem (I never would've thought I'd compare an Air to even a lower-end Pro). I guess what I may be iffy about is...performance...hear me out: my question is, can it be an issue down the road if more OS X updates were to come? 2) Early-2011 Macbook Pro 13" i5 4 GB RAM 320 GB HDD + an iPad 2 16 GB WiFi-Only: ~$1730 I guess this is more of an indulgence. I like the idea of leaving my MBP at home unless I need to do actual work on-the-go and instead taking my iPad around. I really like the iPad as a casual device for consuming information and "couch-surfing." It's just plain--well, for lack of a better word--fun. That's appealing to me. Possible concern--if I end up needing to be productive more on-the-go than at home (say I end up using the Mac for notes instead of pen and paper after all--I don't want to take notes on an iPad btw), will my mobile lifestyle be tasking on the HDD? I know laptops have always had HDDs, but how does that durability compare to my first option with the MBA? Also, I already have an iOS device (iPhone). Is an iPad redundant? (I'm almost answering that question myself and saying no...but I'd like to hear someone tell me yes and why). 3) Early-2011 MBP 13" i5 4 GB RAM 256 SSD: ~$1780 This option, to me, is close to the shredder. The MBA's pretty enticing. However, I'd like to hear what those who are better informed might think. Ultimately, though, I'm torn between options 1 and 2. Option 1 would get me a great computer that I can take anywhere and use for everything. But there's no iPad. Option 2 gets me a great computer and a pretty nice toy--er, I mean tablet. But if I end up needing to take the laptop around campus more often than thought, I don't have as durable a Mac as Option 1 or 3...but still, there's an iPad. Option 2, at the moment, is what I'm leaning toward...but honestly (seriously) that's no indication of what I'll think tomorrow. I can't tell you how many times I've been changing my mind. If you've read this far, you're already a hero. I just need your take on this admittedly trivial, yet strangely important, "dilemma." Help a stranger spend his money foolishly, yet wisely. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!