Okay so our old Acer laptop finally broke totally and Im not going to fix it. For now my wife only has an ipad for tumblr/facebook/browsing the web and listening to music. Oh and also she likes to watch tv series (downloaded/streamed/ripped from discs etc). She would like to have a laptop of some kind. here are some things that I´ve considered: Non apple, Chromebook. It would be cheap but no itunes. Questionable power. Non apple, another laptop pc. I think now that she has an ipad and an ipod, going for mac would be maybe a nice idea so that everything is nice and uniform. Apple macbook air. Would fit the bill nicely except there is no optical drive. She cant easily rip her cds to her mp3 collection. Apple Macbook pro with retina screen. Expensive, and is the resolution too high? How do these retina screens scale web pages? Last time she tried to browse the web on my cinema hd 2560x1600 screen she was complaining that everything is too small (I have a cinema hd for my windows pc so I dont know how things are on the mac side of things). How is scaling to lower res working in mac? Apple Macbook pro without Retina screen. I guess this would be okay but would we be missing out without having the higher res as an option? I guess what I´m thinking is... which one looks better: mac book air or non retina mac book pro at their native res vs retina macbook pro scaled to similar "low" resolution? Alternatively, does macos / safari do something special to websites that are designed for something like 1280x800 and lower resolutions to make them enjoyable to use on a very high res retina screen? How does full hd video look like on each of these models?