Early Xmas present from the woman, wont see her over the holidays. Apple Gift card worth 1450$ Student priced Retina 13 or 15? As much as i dislike the value of the 13, i dont have any complaints about the base model. I dont keep large amounts of media on any computer (NAS/external) Travel a lot, always on the go weather it be for business or grad school. Would be my desktop replacement. Main uses; VM windows for accounting and small data base programs. Chrome, minor web development, minor photoshop (could change fast if i pull the trigger on a D600). 13inch would nto cost much out of pocket, 150-200? (like that it was just released, no replacement anytime soon) 15inch would be bigger and a lot more powerful but cost near 600$ out of pocket. (will i be pissed they release a new one come 3 months from now?) Would be base model. no need for upgrades with my use as of now. Would possibly get a thunderbolt display down the road. sorry i know these threads come along all the time but hey how else would we spend our time on this forum! thanks.