It is nearing time to replace my PC. I currently use a desktop at home and a laptop in the field. I am considering a Macbook Pro to replace both. A bit about my usage. I am a videographer and photographer. I produce a weekly webshow and do HD product review videos. I also shoot photos for web product reviews and run a website. The software suite I currently use for this is the Adobe Master Collection CS5.5. I don't do a lot of VFX work, but it is needed from time to time for intros and possible contract work. Most of the editing I do is just simple cuts, transitions and color correcting/color grading. My main system is an AMD Phenom II X6 2.6GHz, 8GB of Ram, NVIDIA GeForce 8600, and several large hard drives. I output this to two Acer H233H 23" widescreen monitors. OS is Windows 7 Premium. This system is not blindingly fast, but it is capable. When I am rendering 1+ hour long 1080p projects, I generally just walk away and either shoot another project or set the render for overnight. My regular 30-60 minute show is rendered in 720p and is not to bad. Since I shoot it in the studio I don't have much color correction to do and I rarely color grade it. My laptop is only used when I shoot trade shows or I will need to upload a project "on-site". It is a Acer Aspire 5551-2805 with AMD Athlon II P320 / 2.1 GHz ( Dual-Core ) 4GB of RAM and onboard ATI Radeon HD 4250. OS is Windows 7 Home. When I have to use this I run an external HD over USB 2.0. It is far from ideal. I am going to max out the memory at 8GB before the show I have to shoot in January, but this is probably going to be the last time I rely on it for a big project. I never intended to do video editing on this laptop, but it became a necessity without the budget to upgrade. So now I am at the crossroads and I can either try to split my budget and build a high horsepower desktop and a OK, laptop for the field...but I would rather just pickup a high end laptop and be able to jack it in to external storage and monitors when I am at the desk and run with just a pair of external disks when I am in the field. I used to be an IT tech for a major US company (deskside support and server maintenance). I am familiar with the basics and I have no problem building PC's but I just don't want to mess with it anymore. I have gotten to a point where I just want stuff to work and not have to sort a software issue when it's 2AM and I am trying to hit a deadline. If you have read this far thanks..... I am looking at a 15" MBPr with the 2.7GHz i7 and 16GB of RAM. Here are my questions: Is this a good desktop replacement? Will I be able to run both my 23" DVI displays with some type of adapter until I can afford a pair of Thunderbolt displays? Since I am going from a 2.7Ghz Six Core to a 2.7Ghz Four Core with more memory will I see more, less or the same performance when editing/rendering? I am cool with keeping the same speed if I gain the ability to take that speed with me on flights and edit in hotel rooms. The claimed durability is also a plus because I work in some pretty ugly environments. I am also kind of getting pulled into the Apple thing. I have used an iPhone for several generations. Just got an Apple TV and will probably upgrade my Android tablet to an iPad soon in an attempt to streamline my personal media management. Input from any other FC or Premier users are welcome! Thank you!