After debating for about two weeks on whether to get an iPad Air/MacBook Air combo, or just a a MacBook Pro Retina (for now), I decided to go with the Retina. I was talked into the Retina by a few friends, and after checking one out at the apple store, the screen is pretty. Not sure I need the firepower, but its there.. I primarily use my current laptop (an older MacBook Pro) for writing (several writing intensive programs), some occasional photoshop, and tinkering around with Final Cut Pro. I'd say 70% writing, 20% Final Cut Pro, and 10% photoshop. Now, I am a bit torn on the configurations. Upgrading from a 2.0Ghz to the 2.3 Ghz is an extra 90 bucks, but I'm not exactly sure I'll need that. I have a tendency just to upgrade options just because, but I'm not sure I will be using too many programs to justify it. I definitely will up the RAM to 16 GIGS because you can't upgrade the Retina after you purchase it. Over the holidays, I ended using my parents iPad Air pretty extensively, which is why I was considering the iPad/MacBook Air combo. I was surprised how often I used the Air when it was lying around the house, it was just so more convenient for consuming media/internet, than my laptop.