I'm considering a laptop purchase and definitely think 13" is the best compromise in terms of size. Between the three choices (Air, Pro, Retina) I've realized that if purchased refurb, they're all the same price with the same SSD, RAM, GPU, and CPU benchmark. Let me know if something is out of wack. I would use my laptop mostly for the standard word processing as well as some light graphic design and photo editing (Lightroom, Photoshop). This laptop would likely last me through a couple years of college. I do a lot of video work but honestly to go from my mac pro to a laptop back to the Mac Pro doesn't seem worth it for the little work I would have to do away from my office, so I probably wouldn't have to do that very much. Macbook Air 13" - $1500 ($1360 refurb) 1440x900 Baseline CPU (6755) 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Macbook Pro 13" $1534 ($1354 refurb) 1280x800 Baseline CPU (6715) 8GB RAM (upgradable to 16GB) 240GB SSD 500GB HDD Macbook Pro 13" Retina - $1700 ($1360 refurb) 2560x1600 Baseline CPU (6719) 8GB RAM 256GB SSD Pros/Cons List Macbook Air 13" Pros: * Lightweight, compact * Good resolution screen Macbook Air 13" Cons: * RAM, SSD not upgradeable Macbook Pro 13" Pros * RAM, SSD, HDD upgradeable * Second HDD bay Macbook Pro 13" Cons: * Poor resolution screen * Heaviest Macbook Pro 13" Retina Pros: * Relatively compact * Super high resolution screen Macbook Pro 13" Retina Cons: * RAM, SSD not upgradeable My thought process for deciding was, looking at the pros/cons for Air vs Retina, I saw that the only thing the Air had over the Retina was .6 pounds and thinness. I think the Retina is thin enough for me, and the screen would absolutely win me over vs. having that extra bit of thinness. So between the Retina and the Pro it comes down to screen resolution and compactness vs. future proofing. I guess the question would be, is 1280 x 800 enough for me? Is 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD enough for me? What would you guys do?