JDM von Weinberg , Jul 22, 2011; 12:43 a.m.
Well, I am expecting delivery of my 27" iMac by Monday, so you can see what conclusion I came to.
It's the first iMac I've bought for myself, but the monitor/power equation made it seem the best solution. The towers just cost a lot more after you get a decent monitor, and the Macbook Pro is great, but less power and smaller maximum HD size for almost exactly the same price as the iMac.
The monitor is a classic, and I can't imagine where you'd get more without spending a lot more.
It's certainly possible to do serious work on a laptop, but if you don't need portability, the iMac is the most cost effective solution and gives you a lot more oomph. Get plenty of RAM and large HD, the largest HD available on whatever you decide on.
I've worked on the glossy screen and find it nice for the increased saturation and sharpness. I don't think that gamut and color accuracy are any more of a problem on the iMac than on any other lcd monitor.