I had a chance to take a look at the Retina Pro and the MBA today at the Pentagon City store. Since I can now spend my Mac Pro budget on a laptop I was deciding between the Air and the Pro. My previous laptop was the first unibody late 2008 15" MBP. My main issue with the machine was my battery life was terrible and it was a bit large and heavy for my liking. Once the iPad hit, my laptop sat. Initially I wanted a new Mac Pro, turn my 1,1 into a server and that was that. With the recent developments and the fact I'm starting a new job on Monday, I decided to take another look at the laptop line. First, the retina pro is a beautiful machine. A bit lighter than I thought it would be. The screen was fantastic of course but didn't blow me away like I expected. Perhaps it's due to the time I spend on my iPad 3...I'm simply used to retina. The scaling to 1920x1200 resolution was nice and everything still looked sharp. I took a look next at the airs. The 13 was bigger in person than I remembered. The 11" size was great but the screen res and shorter battery life turned me away. The 1400x900 res on the 13" looks sharp and is what my old pro was. I made a note of opening iPhoto on both machines and looking at the text on the side. The 13 held its own. Now the machines were not side by side so I'm sure if they were it would have stood out more on the pro, but again the 13" screen is sharp. I hit the full screen button on iPhoto and noticed a bit of a lag in the transition on the 13" air. I tried it on the Pro figuring it would be smooth, but the same jittery transition existed. Maybe something with the intel 4000? Bottom line, both machines are great, but for me I don't need the power of the Pro (or the heat). The size of the air won me over. The screen on the Pro is beautiful, but not $700 better for me. Instead I'm going to get a thunderbolt display since my 23" alu display is dying. I'll couple that with the air and dock it at home with my 2006 pro doing the heavy lifting for me until I can replace that next year.