A couple of weeks ago I got the fever to purchase my first new Macbook. I have used the iPhone for about a year now and purchased my first iPad a couple of months ago. I purchased a 2007 white Macbook off of Craigslist for 100 bucks to see if OSX was for me and I was hooked. I used to be a card carrying member of the (Apple's products are overpriced and trendy but suck) club but after actually allowing myself to use them, I realized what I had been missing. After much research trying to get to know the Macbook lineup, I ordered a base model 13 inch Air and was happy. Well the techie in me kept reading up about the wonderful retina display. While the display in my Air wasn't bad, I could tell a difference between my ipad/iphone display and that of the Air. I ended up swapping the Air for a 13inch rMBP which after student discount, still cost about 400 more than I had paid for the Air. While I loved the retina display, I missed the battery life and overall form factor of the Air. Enter the Best Buy sale. My mind once again started thinking of how much I enjoyed the experience I had with the Air. But that retina display! I kept telling myself that it was worth the 400 dollar premium to "not see any pixels." Based on my title, you can see where the story ends. I went to Best Buy tonight and picked up a 13 inch Air and with the sale+student discount+mover's coupon, I got a base model for 675 plus tax. I was still unsure of which model I would end up keeping but after 2 hours with the Air my mind is made up. I will be returning the rMBP. While it is a beautiful machine with a wonderful display, it just isn't as comfortable to me as the Air. Will I miss the retina display? Maybe, but the display on the Air is not bad at all. I will take the 12-15 hour battery life any day. Had the rMBP and the Air been closer in price, I still would have chosen the Air. But the money I save (now 500 dollars with BB sale) made the decision even easier Not sure exactly what my point is other than I find the Air to be a fantastic machine that i hope to use for several years or until that retina MBA with 15 hour battery life comes along!