I've seen a lot of "should I get a MacBook Pro now" posts so I thought I would post some info based upon having my cMBP for a month now. First off about a month ago I was wondering the same thing, but I needed the computer then so I went ahead and made my purchase. I opted not to get a retina and instead got a 13 inch 2.9GHz i7, 8GB ram, 750GB HDD. I needed the superdrive found on the cMBP and didn't see the advantage of going for the retina and loosing that. As for the screen on my model it still looks amazing and the clarity is second only to the retina model. If you need a MacBook now or want one now but are afraid to buy because of the Haswell models coming in a few months do not fret. If you buy now you will not be disappointed. You still are getting a state of the art machine that will last for years. It will last no shorter than the Haswell MBP's. Plus you will more than likely get it for a few hundred less than you would be able to get a new Haswell model. Mine is listed for 1499 on Apple's online store and I got it for 1299 at BestBuy. This leads me to say not to be afraid to shop around a little bit, if you do shop around you are likely to find a similar sale that you prolly won' t find on the new Haswell models. The current MacBook's are very fast but I would always suggest buying the upgraded version of the model you are thinking about buying. I suggest at least having 8GB of ram, everything else should be fine even on the standard models....so if you are going to get a base model with 4GB of ram, I would highly recommend at least upgrading the ram to 8Gb. I have been doing great without a SSD and am very happy with my standard 750GB HDD, so unless your doing a lot of file transfers, a standard HDD should be fine, but by all means if you want to upgrade to the SSD and have the money it definitely won't hurt . Performance wise the current retina's and non-retina MacBook Pro's are extraordinarily fast. My cMBP loads Safari the second you click it and loads everything else amazingly fast. I can multitask to my hearts content , and even with just having the HD4000 graphics (which has 512MB of ram allocated to it) every game I have thrown at it runs great at native resolution (which is 1280x800 on my model) and mid to high settings. So DO NOT WORRY!!! If you need a MacBook Pro now or want one now, go ahead and buy one, you will not be disappointed and will love you machine for years to come. Mac's are absolutely amazing computers and always will be above and beyond what a pc is.