Hi Everyone, I first want to start off by saying that this post will be a bit lengthy, but if you could read it and provide your feedback, it would be immensely appreciated. To give you some info on my situation, I am a 17-year old high school student and I have one year of high school left before heading off to university. I will be purchasing my laptop in the summer of 2016, so although Apple will have most likely come out with updated versions of each notebook, I am looking for help based on if I was getting the laptop today. Barring a discontinuation of either laptop or a major upgrade to the new MacBook, I will still be looking at the air and the pro in a years time. As of today, I have narrowed my choice down to specifications on both laptops that give a difference in price of $10 between the two models. This is why I need your help with this decision. Here are the two models I am looking at (all prices in CAD and including education discount): MacBook Air: 128GB storage (base), 2.2GHz i7 processor (upgrade), 8GB RAM (upgrade), Total Cost = $1,419.00 +tax MacBook Pro Retina: 128GB storage (base), 2.7GHz i5 processor (base), 8GB RAM (base), Total Cost = $1,429.00 The first thing that jumps out is that I am looking at a fully upgraded MacBook Air vs. base model MacBook Pro, but I have reasons for this. Firstly, money is not and issue regarding the two laptops, but that being said I'm not looking at the 15" Pro or an iMac. I just wanted to mention this because the price difference between the base Air and the base Pro has no bearing on my decision. I am looking at the Air for its amazing portability, weight, and its overall use as a student laptop. I am looking at the Pro for the vastly higher quality software in its base model vs. the Air, and because of the retina display, which again is much better than the Air's display. This difference in software is the reason why I am looking at a fully upgraded model of the Air rather than the base model (in order to get the specs as close as they can get to each other for both laptops. For more clarification, 128GB flash storage is more than enough for me in both laptops and battery life is also not an issue as I am happy with the battery life of both laptops. On paper, it seems as though the Pro is the much better option seeing as for $10 more, you are getting a more powerful laptop with a much better display and to tell you the truth, this realization has made its way into my head and I am leaning more towards the Pro but this is why I am here, to hear all of your opinions towards this question. Another piece of info I should share is that my major in university will be Psychology, so I will not need to use and video or design/art applications that art/design students would need. If you guys could provide any sort of feedback you might have, it would greatly appreciated and each opinion will factor greatly into the decision I end up making next year. Thank you for all of your time and I look forward to hearing all your thoughts and opinions. Have a great day! Steven C.