As someone who has never had a Mac before, but do have an iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch - I was finally able to get to my local Best Buy and check out the rMB and the new 13" rMBP which I've been quite interested in. And out of curiosity I also checked out the Surface Pro 3 as a indicator of what the Surface Pro 4 might be like. Now I do have a pretty high-end gaming PC that I built myself, running Windows 8.1 and I'm looking forward to seeing how Windows 10 improves things on the PC side. Now the purpose of me wanting a very portable laptop was mainly for my motorcycle travelling, vacation trips and being able to run real programs the iPad can't - such as Garmin BaseCamp for my on the road GPS updates. I was really hoping that Apple's upcoming iPad Pro would be a hybrid iOS/OS X device that would be able to run OS X programs - that would've been the perfect travelling device for me I think. But I really don't see that happening anytime soon, so the portable laptop search was on and I really want to give OS X a try. So this evaluation was two-fold for me - checking out the new Mac laptops, and seeing how I was able to navigate around OS X never having a Mac before. My wife is also looking for a new computer, and I wanted to see if she'd be able to adapt to OS X easily. So first I check out the new 13" rMBP. A very nice machine, but I immediately notice the weight when I pick it up. But I was actually quite surprised to see how similar OS X is compared to Windows, and I was able to get around and do the basics quite nicely! And I initially think I prefer the OS X UI compared to Windows. I then start checking out some apps - Mail, Maps, App Store, Photos, iMovie and Safari. I first tried Mail, and when I clicked it I got a couple quick bounces and it started right up. Now I know what people are talking about when they refer to apps bouncing. I closed Mail and then reopened it, no bounce this time. And I continue with the other apps checking them out. Maps was pretty quick, but took a fraction of a second to redraw when I moved around the map, very fast I thought. But the weight of the rMBP was still more than I wanted to deal with. So the test of the rMB is next - they had gold and space gray sitting right next to each other, and both were the 1.1GHz Core M versions. I have to admit my preference was for the gold, but I liked the space gray as well. I pick it up. And though the rMBP is only 1.5 lbs heavier, I definitely notice how light the rMB is - the size weight would be perfect for my travelling needs. So I first open up Mail, and I get 3 bounces before it opens - one bounce more than what the rMBP gave me. I close Mail and open it again - no more bounces just the rMBP. I think it must be some caching the OS is doing. I check out the other apps as well, but in particular Maps - as I want to see how the CPU/GPU handles the redraws. Not bad at all really, just a tad behind the rMBP in speed but not by that much. My next test was the keyboard as I've heard +s and -s about it. I opened up Notes and just started typing whatever I felt like. I have to say I liked it, and me coming from a PC keyboard with lots of travel. I actually preferred it - I just had to lightly tap the keys to register, and the click was not loud, but there and just confirmed the key press. I also liked using the new trackpad - much better than what I've used on Windows laptops for sure. So... I come away from this ready to order a new gold 1.3GHz rMB - I liked it that much. Performance seemed to be good for what I'd be using it for. Anything else and my PC is there, at least for now. Who knows, maybe after spending more time with OS X, an iMac might be in my (and wife's) future. Sorry for the long-winded post, but I felt I needed to explain my reasoning for anyone else who might be in the same situation.