Hi Everyone, First and foremost thank you for your time and help. I've been waiting forever to buy a laptop. My black macbook is almost dead. I really need to begin organizing my life and using software for finances, organization, etc. For fun I was hoping to begin using a go pro to capture my trail runs, and very novice stuff to attach to a blog I want to create. Always on hold because my computer wouldn't work with something or the other. Of course music storage, web surfing, and word processing I would do too, which i know both could do well. I was thinking of buying the MBA 13 with 512 flash, 8gb memory but I noticed the same upgrades would yield to the same price of 13 inch Macbook pro retina at macmall. My hold up, is I like to keep my laptops for a long time. However I don't want to make a bad purchase. I don't want to wait till October/November for an updated MBr which I know will cost more then this deal right now. Since battery really won't be an issue, i dont see why you can't haul your cord with you to a coffee shop is a big deal . What do you guys think? Thanks again for all your help.