I've been through MANY Mac computers over the past three years. And I can't find what I want. So, let's see if you can help! I'll start by listing what I've had and what my problems were/are for it: 2009 iMac 21.5" -Lagging on graphics a bit? -Not portable -Needed a laptop for college- so I think? early 2011 MBP 2.0 Quad-Core -wasn't quite enough screen space for some of my usage mid 2011 MBA 11" 1.6 i5 -very awesome for classes! -lagging in graphics a bit -not enough screen space for some usage 2011 Thunderbolt Display -not a computer -bought to combat the screen space issue with my 2 laptops that I had at the time, sold the Pro to fund this 2012 iPad 4G 16GB -not enough usability for actual work, nice for very casual usage Currently, I have the Air and TB display and the new iPad. The 11" is GREAT for classes, but lacks some power when driving the TB display, and lacks power in the graphics field. I also have a 3TB hard drive for space that I may need/ only using 250GB or so for random things that I probably don't need and Time Machine backups. I'd like some sort of combination that gives me a lot of screen space for work at my desk, but also a good hunk of processor and graphic speed while also somehow portable for classes. What are your thoughts? Budget: The value of the MBA and TB display (about 1700 (900 + 800 )) + probably another 600 max. So about $2300 after selling stuff if that is part of the equation. My thoughts: If a MBP is in my future- I'd like it to have 16GB ram, and probably at least a small SSD for boot times/ application load times if the budget afforded it. Also- waiting for new laptops is an option, but also buying refurbished/ slightly outdated models is an option if it will provide more bang for my buck. Sorry to ramble on, please ask if I wasn't clear or you have any questions.