I visited the flagship Apple store in Tyson's Corner this morning again. Spoke with the front person and they said no stores (anywhere) have the rMB in stock for sale. He stated all sales have to go online at this point. I told him I've bought four MBAs all in the stores and wanted to know why this one wasn't available in the store. He had no idea but said it was odd how none of the stores have inventory to sell. Anyway, I played with the rMB Friday morning and so I wanted to use it again...see if I got a better feel for the machine after a day. I experienced a few new things. This is for the base model. Thin: It is thinner than I recall even from the first day I used it. For me the MBA didn't need to be any thinner. I feel the MBA is the perfect thinness for a laptop. However, the retina display is why I want this machine. I picked it up a few times and played with it in my hands (leaving the power and security wire on of course) and it really feels like I'm holding my wife's iPad 2. Keyboard: I'm almost 40 and I've been typing properly since 7th grade. So, for me typing is not an issue and I have not found typing to be an issue on this keyboard. On Friday I did notice the lack of depression on the keys but today it didn't bother me at all. This supports my assumption that everyone will simply get used to it. I opened Word and typed two paragraphs of random babble to test the feel. Performance: Well, this is a little tough to test, for my needs, because the most powerful software I use is Adobe Photoshop and it wasn't installed. So, instead I opened up five tabs and went to YouTube. I played five videos simultaneously while having the entire Office Suite (four applications) open. I saw zero lagging or slowness in the machine. Sound: Just like every new iPhone, it seems every new MacBook sounds louder and louder. Today I played a music video and turned up the speaks to max. Wow, this machine is loud! I'm not even kidding when I say this laptop can easily sit in a large room and fill it with music. The speakers are very loud, probably the loudest I have heard on any MacBook. If anyone has a chance to play with one try it. Open up a music video and turn the speakers to max...you'll be amazed. Track Pad: I saved my con for last! I have not enjoyed using the new track pad at all. First off on all the MBA there is a good half inch of space between the space bar and the track pad. That's gone. On the rMB the space bar and the track pad almost touch (look at the photos and you can see, they are very close together). The issue with this is the spacing with your thumbs and fingers while typing and using the track pad. It feels too clumped together. Also, the machine I played with had a very odd track pad sensor. I could not for the life of me get a "right mouse click", and I've used three MBA over the span of five years. The sensors are very odd. However, I'm sure you can adjust them (I hope). Two other small items I wanted to mention that I don't think anyone else has said yet. The track pad does move down when you click it. With the new device under the pad I think many assumed there is no real "click". That's not true. There is a click because the actual track pad moves down when you press down. I looked right at the edges of the pad and I pressed down and could see it move. Lastly, the "force touch" is just another depression down. Just picture your clicking your track pad. Well if you press harder you hear another "click" and that's the force touch. Basically, Apple added two clicks. One is a standard click and then a harder click. Both make a sound. Conclusion: Overall, I'm still looking forward to my machine arriving. However, not being able to purchase it in the store is odd. Many people won't understand this but, if Apple does not allow devices to be sold in the stores they are preventing people from paying in cash. A very long time ago the Federal government forced Apple to accept cash in their stores. Apple did not previously accept cash in their stores. The issue with this is if I have $2,000 in cash and I wanted to buy a rMB I can't. The only way is to purchase it online with a credit card and thus giving Apple my information. I won't comment on the screen because I think everyone knows it's drop dead gorgeous . The screen alone is amazing, especially if you do photograph and edit in .raw. I can't wait to watch movies on this thing.