I currently have a late 2007 24" iMac (first aluminum model) that has just gone out of warranty so my manager has said I can get a new machine and has approved up to $3000 (about $1000 more than I had expected TBH). I do software sustaining for a small company, but do very little real brute force work on my comp (any heavy compiling is always done on Linux servers). I very occasionally travel for work, and previous to this iMac was always required to have a laptop. As much as I love this iMac I have been lusting over the new MBA and MBP models, so my quandary. Most people in customer support have been getting the 15" MBP, and several in development have the same. Some of the managers have the 13" MBA but I have not talked to any of them about their experiences. I went and spent some time with the MBA and MBP models at the Apple store a few nights ago and was really impressed with the 13" MBA (I am afraid that the 11" would seem to small after a while). I know that the MBP models are a better buy, but the MBA is just so small and light and FAST! I guess what I am asking is would the 13" MBA 1.83 with an external monitor be enough for me at work? The only external peripherals that I use are USB, so it would probably be OK there. I expect that management would balk at $999 for the 27" monitor, but it barely all fits within the $3000 budget already approved. Am I crazy for thinking this way? EDIT: Until recently we were an all Windows shop, but the tide has been turning of late, I think partly because the top executives saw the MBA and had to have it!