Thanks for this thread-- i think its a great thread too,. I have never used a Mac of any discription and have no idea what to expect. So any info available on this site is much appreciated. I was think of buying from Apple USA site as it would appear to considerably cheaper than buying in the UK- approx £400. As I'm in the UK I was wondering if i purchased a Imac 21.5 direct from the US- would it be usable/compatable in the UK ( without any modifications.add-ons etc) Would they accept an order from the UK being as they have apple shops in the UK. Any advice gratefully received.