On Monday I got a new MacBook Pro 13" non-TB from the Apple Store with Apple Care.. It's been a few days now and it's succeeded at it's first work-week with appropriate workloads of work and play, and I must say the entire experience is phenomenal. This thing flies. It turns on and is ready to go in seconds! The vibrancy of the screen of any Mac has always been best in class but this one really shines, you don't even need a Windows PC next to it to see the difference! Oranges in particular just glow. It's blindingly bright for a laptop. The speakers are also best in class. It's comparable to my Bowers & Wilkins C5 earphones, almost. The keyboard whilst a bit odd initially has proven to allow me to type so much more accurately and quickly than ever before, my fingers don't catch on keys between presses like they did on an older MBP which I believe led to the keys breaking off over time. The backlighting makes a rMBP look like a toy in comparison to how the leaking light is absent and everything is balanced. The thin profile is also unbelievable, to think this is a 'Pro' and not an 'Air'.. I remember seeing the Unibody's in store in 2008 thinking "How could they be so thin?!" - this thing is so light and thin that when I lifted my gf's rMBP it actually felt heavy - a laptop that formerly I considered thin and light beyond any other comparable laptop! Battery life like any Mac of the past decade is also great. Unlike i5 7200U processors I've used in some of the latest Windows laptops, this thing lasts all day - but even when you actually use it for real work it never fails to deliver. None of the switching over to 'Power saving mode' lol SketchUp models of great complexity can be worked on for hours with Apple Music in the background. Photos can be edited, organised and shared for more hours than I have to do so! Downloading updates and files on Safari, lightning fast and no fuss. Minecraft works great on full settings. iCloud essentially brought all of my data and settings back leaving the setup process literally 15 minutes plus download time, and with fiberoptic broadband this was quick too. It's honestly just great to be back on the Mac, have everything how I like it and most importantly a machine that isn't going to stand in the way of my desire to study, research, play and manage my photos and videos over the years. Everything has it's place, it's safe and backed up. I could not find the same satisfaction with Windows on my ThinkPad even when I moved completely to OneDrive to get the full integration effect. It was honestly easier setting up Exchange and Outlook accounts on Mac Mail than it was on MS Outlook, what does that tell you? I'm all for the iPad being the future but I must say, this experience - even at Apple's current pricing - is something I really took for granted with my last Mac and was stupidly trying to avoid for as long as possible. Like many others, I'm back again. But this time, I think it's for good. Space Grey is amazing, originally I was disappointed to see the Mac line be offered in 'fashion orientated' colours, but when you see this thing in person honestly it blows you away. Hopefully we'll get that iMac Pro black colour eventually? The Touch Bar would have been cool, I don't understand the hate it gets, but was frankly out of reach for me price wise. I'm still quite happy with Apple's offering at £1,249 here. Though expensive, I have been unsuccessful at finding any other machine, OS and experience comparable to this anywhere else. Period.