Hello, I'm in the process of making the switch to OSx at the moment. My order for a BTO 13" Air is in. I've found the right type of docking station/stand I want. I've even gone and bought a new bag AND a woollen sleeve too! Everything is ready (if you ignore the fact that my Air is currently being stuck together in China ) apart from what display i'm going to buy. My main use for the Air is dual. 9-5 it will be my workhorse. Running MS Office with multi browsers open for CRM apps. I'm at a desk 50% of the time (work from home), 50% i'm at a clients premisses. At home, in an evening it is likely to be used for Amateur Music recording, and some iMovie editing, plenty of web - standard stuff i suppose. So it will be both on my lap and on a desk depending on use. I plan on running an Airport Express in the house hooked to a stereo downstairs, while having a display upstairs with soundbar. This will allow me to be in my home office, working away from the distractions of family, but also be able to be around them in the evening but have the mac on my lap. We also run a 3tb wireless hard-drive in the house So now i've tried to set the scene. Here are my Q's 1. Considering the connectivity a TB display gives, is it essential for me? 2. Are there any other displays, non apple, which can rival/beat the TB for a similar price. - Samsung Syncmaster eg? 3. While i want to buy a neat little soundbar for use with the display, what are the speakers actually like on the TB. - I've given them a listen in PCWorld, and was not overly impressed but didn't have time to really fiddle. 4. The age old "Refresh" question. What time scales do you guys see the TB getting a refresh in? considering the lack of USB3? - It must be said here, that this will not stop me buying one, as i'd just upgrade at the point of refresh and sell the old one on ebay.