So I am in the market for a new mac. I currently have a early 09' 24" iMac. Which has served me very very well for the past 3 years. I am in the market now for a new mac, a portable mac. I am going to be going back to college, online with a local state school. I wanted to use a iPad but it is not going to be possible because their online school system just isn't compatible in any proficient manner. I know people who make it work, but I don't want to have to make it work. I just want something that does work ie. Full macbook. The question comes in trying to decide to purchase a 13" MBA with 128gb ssd and 8gb of ram. Which would cost me about $1239 with my discount. Or get a base model rMBP for $1999. Which would include the 8gb ram and a 256gb ssd. Along with the awesome Retina display and quad core cpu. Now I pretty much know I am not going to need the quad core cpu, as I am mostly just going to be doing word processing, excel and other similar tasks, But I do want the capability to convert a movie here or there, watch some HD tv shows and what have you. Not really that intense stuff. As for the retina display, I love it. No questions asked. It is crisp, bright and the color is awesome. But is it worth the extra $760 + tax? There seems to be limited support for the retina display. I know OSX supports the retina screen, but Office for Mac does not. The display on the 13" MBA is no slouch. It has a pretty high res screen for its size. (Especially compared to the 13" MBP) And I was using Excel and word and other programs just fine on it. Also since I have my iMac which is going to be my main computer still. I don't really need a full desktop replacement which is what I feel the rMBP is. So if you had to make a decision, would you choose to save the $$ and go with the MBA which would compliment the iMac or the rMBP which would pretty much replace the iMac.