Hey everyone, I almost pulled the trigger on a rMB last year but backed out, and now looking at these Best Buy sale prices I'm tempted again. I think I just need someone to give me a push, but here is my hand wringing if anyone has the time to indulge me. CURRENT: I have an early 2011 15" MBP that I'm planning to upgrade in June/whenever when the new Skylake models come out. NEEDS: the rMB will be a secondary work/travel machine. For work I need to be able to very quickly open and peruse .pdf's, some very large ones. For travel, I just need it to be a writing (office/final draft)/internet machine. I'm hopeful that the experience will be identical to if not better than my current 2011 MBP for those limited uses. QUESTIONS: Since I'm on not wealthy and this will be a secondary device, I really don't want to spend a lot of money and I'm hoping the base model will suit my needs. I've done all the benchmark comparisons, but I have no idea what they mean in terms of real world use. I just want to make sure it doesn't feel like it's slow or it's laboring doing basic tasks, and that I can rely on it if I need to do some Garageband work in a pinch. I've banged around on it in the store, and it seems fine, but I don't know what happens when you have Safari or iTunes open and you're getting iMessages and trying to finagle cut-and-pastes from a Word doc to a Final Draft page. HAND WRINGING: I do not want to pay 1299 for a soon-to-be outdated 1.2 and I don't really need the hard drive space. BUT, I don't want to spend 1000 on what will soon to be the lowest powered computer in the Apple Store if waiting and getting Skylake (with its additional battery life, etc) will be hugely different. From my limited knowledge, it seems like Skylake's improvements won't really affect me - I don't game, so graphics aren't an issue, and I think my uses aren't CPU heavy. I'd rather pay more to get more current tech (i.e.: I would think about paying 1199-1299 for Skylake) but I'd also rather not have to buy the best/brightest for this device since I'll be sinking a huge amount of money into a rMB this summer. Again, this is really pushing my finances so part of my fear is that I'm sinking cash into something that will be useless in a few years. SORRY: to everyone for posting a similar question as I did last year and one that's been talked about before. I'm just freaking out a bit because I'd like to get this and be done with it. THANK YOU: Everyone who reads this post and especially anyone who can help. Thank you!