I bought a 2011 MBP quad core top of the line i7. Installed 16gb of RAM and a 480gb ssd drive. I was trying to go the laptop-only route by also purchasing a thunderbolt display and mouse and keyboard i can use externally. After about 2 months, I'm selling off the MBP and the thunderbolt display because I just can't stand the fans running on the macbook pro all the time. I work primary in virtual machines doing MVC programming, etc, lots of graphics and a ton of enterprise-level database stuff. I keep hearing about how good laptops have gotten, but am I the only one that is a bit disappointed from their performance? Or am I asking for too much? Anyway, I'm back to my custom-built desktop PC and a macbook air as my laptop. Never been happier. Just wanted to hear other people's transitions to the notebook world.