I am a perfect example of Apple's marketing strategy working. I have had such a great experience with their iOS products (currently an iPhone 4 and iPad 2) that I want my next computer to be an Apple. I know a little about computers, but am a newbie with Macs. What I need is some advice on just what I need to get. I am a student, so price is a factor. Here is what I use a computer for: Taking notes, doing research papers, etc. in class. I.e. battery life matters. (as does reliability which is why I am not in a PC forum right now). Occassional graphic/web design. Nothing too intense, but I would like to be able to do it without any delays. I prefer to use CS apps like Dreamweaver, Fireworks and Photoshop. I will also do some photo editing for my wife, but not anything professional. Some gaming. Not anything crazy, but I do like to play a game every now and then. I was thinking about Diablo III but if this is the only reason that I would need to spend a lot more on a computer, I can live without it. I mostly like my throwback games like C and C generals, stuff like that. Movies. I am a big movie fan, and I want to make sure my computer can handle movies. Most of my movies I watch streaming online via Netflix, HBOGO, Hulu, those type of things. Usually I find my internet isn't fast enough to watch these at HD anyway, but I want a computer that can handle HD when it is available. Superdrive is not a factor for me. I don't mind using a USB, especially now that all my options will have USB 3. Weight difference doesn't bother me either. My books already weigh like 60 lbs, so a pound of computer won't make a difference. I was so excited for the Keynote today, but looking into I really don't think I need a "Macbook Pro with Retina" (wow that just rolls right off the tongue). I don't like that in the base version you can't upgrade the SSD past 256. I also feel like I would have to up the RAM to 16 gb because this computer needs to last me 4 or 5 years, and who knows what will be next. I keep the new Macbook as an option for several reasons: I like the slimmer form factor, I have a feeling that a lot of new things are going to come out tailored to the retina display, if the claims that it runs quietly and less hot are true that is a huge plus, and its always just a little bit cooler to have the newest best thing (vanity I know). So here are my options: 13 inch MBP - 2.9 Ghz, 8 gb ram, 750 hd - the $1499 price point allows me to buy a good size external monitor for when I am at home. 15 inch MBP - 2.3 Ghz, 4 gb ram (to be upgraded by a buddy for a reasonable price), 750 (7200 rpm) hd - $1,949 15 inch MBP (w/ retina) - 2.3 Ghz 16 gb ram, 256 gb ssd - $2,399.00. That price just seems like so much more and pretty much functions to put this at the very top of my range. I mean, I will still keep the lights on and everything, but it would stretch the budget. If anyone has any advice, the first two options are my top choices, unless I am missing something on the new MBP. Thanks in advance for your help!