I have been debating for awhile of my next Apple purchase and which direction to go. I currently have a MacBook (the first release of the black MacBook-~4 years old?) and while it is getting a bit on in years I still can use it for all of the features I like...the hard drive is really the only limiting factor for me but I have an external 500 GB hard drive to address that issue. Sure, I would love a boost in speed but I am not suffering. Originally (and a huge part of me still does), I was going to purchase a MacBook Pro and have it step in as my personal and work computer with Windows installed for the occasional, but necessary Windows need. However, using the personal computer at work seems less and less necessary and my free time for using my personal computer past internet seems less and less these days. I really cannot sustain dragging my MacBook back and forth to work for multiple reasons...and I simply do not want to either. So I am looking at an iPad as a go between/go anywhere device between my work laptop and my personal computer. I want the ability to use Things, possibly integrate it with the version on my personal computer. I want to have internet (3G) on a portable base (I am a verizon user so the iPhone is out for me). I want to be able to use the iPad in meetings for basic notes. Portability is crucial for me and I use my laptop right now as journal/daybook of sorts. The biggest problem I have with using it as such is that it is not completely portable and certainly not when I have to carry two laptops. If I get an iPad is it recommended I get the dock or the dock with keyboard. I was leaning towards the dock + wireless keyboard as I can customize the spacing between myself and the iPad as well as put the keyboard away when not using it. Does the dock or dock/keyboard work with the iPad being in a case? If not, is there a suggested case for these needs. Thanks!