I love that the retina is thinner, lighter, has a fast SSD, and of course has the new retina display... and I'm honestly not that concerned about the whole "not upgradable/fixable" nature of it. If it has problems in the first 3 years, Apple will cover it with AppleCare. What I'm considering more is that I already have a 128GB SATA3 SSD that I could put into the non-retina MBP. On top of that, I do video work professionally, and I would be able to replace the optical drive with a 750GB 7200 RPM drive for footage. This is a big plus for me. And the RAM would be slightly cheaper to buy myself and install. I'm also a bit concerned about the retina display being more taxing in my editing and animation programs when generating previews (such as After Effects). Maybe that's not really an issue, though, I'm just speculating. Does anyone have thoughts or experience that they could weigh in on? I know there are some users here with 2012 non-retina MBP's that they are using for editing. Anyone using a rMBP?