I am currently looking into converting my current work computer (iMac, early 2011) into a more mobile situation and also get some speed while I'm at it. I work with Photoshop and quark press and occasionally illustrator. Usually I'm working with large files with several layers and at times enlarging photos for projects. I was looking at the MacBook Air at first because it is very portable because of its size. I was going to go with the 13" and max out the ram and do a 128 or 256 flash storage. In addition however, I still need a bigger display to work on at the office so I was going to add in the Apple Thunderbolt Display and use the one thunderbolt port form the mba for that. I also want to start keeping all these files on an external thunderbolt drive. My second option would be to spend a little more on the notebook itself, and go with a MacBook Pro 13" and max the ram as well and same options for the flash storage and instead of the Thunderbolt Display, take advantage of the hdmi output and purchase one that isn't apple for the larger display. The Apple Thunderbolt Display seems nice, but worth the money? Which option would be best? If you actually read all this, thanks. I appreciate the input.