I use my MBP as a laptop for my devotional time and (obviously) when it travels to church or elsewhere. The rest of the time it's running closed connected to a 24" external monitor. The monitor has 4 USB connections and some really crummy built-in speakers, so I use some compact external speakers that require a USB connection instead, and still need a powered USB hub to get everything hooked up (printer, iPhone/iPad cable, the monitor itself, etc.). I agree that Accordance looks great and that many things are more easily done on a big screen, so that's where I study.
Because I study on a big monitor, and because Accordance 10 solved a lot of the real estate issues for a smaller screen, I'm seriously considering a 13" machine next time. By the end of next year, I would expect all the Mac laptops to have Retina displays. I would also expect the price of the SSDs to come down as Apple now owns Anobit and availability should improve.
I would love to get an Apple monitor next time I upgrade so that the monitor can be my hub & speakers; the connection process would be streamlined, but the price is pretty steep. On the other hand, the little bit of Apple stock we own has done quite well (bought some @$66). Does that justify spending $1000 on a monitor? Can't quite get there at this point! And that is a decision I don't have to make right now anyway.
P.S. Ordered a new battery. Good thing. I charged fully then unplugged. Even with a 10-15 minute sleep the battery got down to 12% in 80 minutes. It'll be on life support soon.
Edited by Julie Falling, 30 August 2012 - 10:27 AM.