As the topic says, I'm struggling with this [difficult?] decision. My budget is $2k, more or less I'll start with what I already have, if it'll help. 2009.5 15" MBP 2.66, Magic Mouse, Apple wired keyboard/numpad, M Stand, etc. I also have an iPhone 3GS I basically have my home setup and am able to use my laptop as a desktop, however I most definitely need more screen real estate. My original plan was to pick up a 27" in the summer with the back to school incentives, but am considering just keeping my laptop as my "main" computer and just attach a nice ACD to it instead, with money left over to get the higher end iPad when it's released. Choice #1 If I go for the iMac, I'll have a very nice computer with a very big screen, but even then I will want that second screen - leaving me to use my laptop as the second screen AND computer - so I'll have to end up having to transfer files from the MBP to the iMac and vice versa. Choice #2 I get myself the 24" ACD and the iPad instead. I have the dual screen (ACD + MBP screen) while eliminating the hassle of 2 keyboards, 2 mice, and file sharing. And on top, I have the iPad - which would be neat to have, but I don't mind real books and I have my iPhone for music and miscellaneous things. My friend has one and while I like it, it is not a must have. Not to mention I could just pick one up later. So here I am, stuck. A friend told me it was a no brainer and to go for the iPad + ACD. What do you guys think? edit: I do heavy photo editing.