Hi all, I've been doing some heavy research these past few days because I will be entering college in the fall and am in desperate need of a laptop. I will be majoring in computer science (BS). I've narrowed it down to two laptops, the 13 inch MacBook Air and the 13inch MacBook Pro. I was also considering the rMBP but I think that might be overkill for a college student? I'm not too sure. I don't plan on playing many games, maybe TF2, Diablo 3, Dota 2, Counter Strike, nothing seriously heavy on the hardware. Now, the school that I'm going to is quite big, roughly 2000 acres and I will probably be walking quite long distances from class to class. So I think portability is a plus. But will 1.5lbs really make a difference? Also note that I will be able to get a 15% discount on all Mac products, so I will be using that instead of the educational discount. Here are the specs I'm looking at: MBA 13 inch 2012 2.0GHz i7 8GB of ram 256GB or 512GB of storage (I'm not sure on this one, I really would like to have more space and it might be a hassle carrying around an external hard drive, but the price is really hefty.) With 256GB storage, it totals up to $1700, adding the 15% discount it'll be $1445. With 512GB storage, it'll initially be $2200, but with 15% it'll be $1870. If I go with 256GB, I will definitely buy an ext HD, probably the WD MyPassport. ------------------------------------------------------ Now for the MBP. I definitely will be upgrading this laptop on my own so that it can last longer. At the base price it will cost $1500 with no upgrades. MBP 13 inch 2012 2.9 i7 8GB -> Will upgrade to 16GB which will cost ~$160 Momentus XT 750GB $135 (will be put in the optibay) SSD 256GB (either Samsung or Crucial M4, will cost about $220) So after slashing the price with the 15% discount, $1500 -> $1275. Adding up all the upgrades and the price will be around $1790, roughly 100$ less than the maxed out MBA. I'm also worried about the screen resolution differences. Which one would be better in my situation? Some more background info just in case, I have a gaming PC at home that I built back in 2009, still works well with most new games. The only real experience I've had with Macs would be using an iBook G4 way back in 2006-2007, using the Tiger OS. Your insight is more than welcome!