Hi everyone! Long time member from the forums here, thought I'd express my thoughts on the rMBP 13inch and perhaps you can help steer me towards a wiser choice. Let me explain: My previous MacBook was the 2009 MBP unibody of which lasted me till the day the 3rd Gen "New" iPad was released in April(?). Since April, I've been using only my iPad. As a University student this isn't the easiest thing. Further, as a MacRumors member it isn't the easiest thing. I had a 500GB HDD in that 09' MBP. It was great but when the iPad 3rd Gen came out, my parents wanted my 09' MBP. I gave it to them, purchased a wireless bluetooth Apple keyboard and would either write or speak my essays into Pages on that iPad. I was purposely waiting for a 13inch Retina MBP to be released. When it finally was a few weeks ago, I decided to purchase it at any cost, considering its been the default laptop i've been wanting. Admittedly, I read all the specs (or therefore lack of) before making the purchase and yet didn't care. However, now that I have this 13inch rMBP in front of me and am typing into this thread... I realize that I'm not too happy sitting here, knowing Apple shafted me. I'll admit, the screen is absolutely stunningly gorgeous.. but for the price I paid for it, I'm saddened I'm at 50GB's left; considering that 500GB HDD I've always had. In fact, that 500GB HDD has traveled with me to Japan, China and all about the U.S. Anyhow, I purchased the rMBP 13inch a week ago and my folks caught wind of this as well and said, "Son! We want your 3rd gen iPad!" I said, yes... only because the truth was (and remember i've been using that iPad as my sole device for the past couple of months) the iPad 3rd Gen would pretty much be useless to me unless I would charge it the night before...and as a college student, I forget to charge it quite a bit (drinking, party, girls, etc. (It happens)). Anyways, the fact remains. Here I am with a great rMBP, but I feel like I got raped by Apple for the price... especially when I consider the lack of what should have been included. Buyers remorse? To some degree. I spent $1700 on a subpar machine and only for the beautiful screen. Don't get me wrong, I can't emphasize enough the beauty of this screen...Actually, I also love the battery life, the weight at 3.6lbs and HDMI port (though that port isn't crucial). So here I am, considering selling my 3rd Gen iPad to purchase 2 iPad Mini's. One for me and one for the folks. I get that the mini sucks in comparison, but my folks really want one and admittedly I found the 3rd gen iPad a bit too heavy for long use. I get it, I have weak arms... but when it's your only device you notice these little things. That and the charging just sucks and is slow... but this thread isn't about the iPad. I would get a MBP that comes with optical drive and HDD... but I do indeed enjoy the weight reduction in this rMBP... but don't enjoy the 128GB SSD. So long story short, I'm thinking: Option 1: MBA 13inch & iPad Mini 16GB Option2: MBP 13inch & iPad Mini 16GB (But it weighs more, and I am one of those ppl that takes their MBP with them everywhere, including dates and even grocery store outings, so weight is a concern of mine) Anyways, enough rambling. Let's Talk.