..Im sort of impressed. I originally hated Apple products (bad luck with iphones, ipods etc.) But I needed something portable for my music production and I went with a refurbished 2014 Macbook Pro Retina 13" for $1100. * i5 2.8GHz * 8 GB DDR3 *256 GB SSD *Intel Iris Graphics So far the screen and resolution look flawless. Programs open very quickly and the flash drive is awesome. However.. I have a few concerns with this product. Firstly, I am using Ableton Live 9 Standard edition for music production. While using Ableton, I noticed in the Activity monitor that I am using most, if not over, my RAM. It bounces between 7.98 - 9.84 GB of RAM being used. I am using a 512 buffer size. Also, the CPU usage bumps up to well over 75-80% usage, with a thick line of green in the monitor. Occasionally Ableton will pop and the sound doesnt sound good. I am using 20+ virtual instruments or audio samples. My windows desktop sliced through at least 50 tracks without a hint of slowing down or lag. When Im just browsing the web using Chrome, almost 30% of CPU and 7.2 gb ram are being used...with ONE application running.. I was under the impression that a macbook pro would be a little more..err..pro? I contacted apple support, they weren't much help at all. They basically were under the impression that "apples are the best for everyone and everything" So what can I do? I thought MBP's were the go-to for musicians/djs and producers? Also, the whole 2 USB port thing is a huge problem for me considering I NEED an external sound card apparently (the one in the mac isnt good enough) So a midi keyboard, external hard drive and soundcard.. Thunderbolt is out of the question, everything is way overpriced.