So, right now I am on an extended trip away from the US, currently heading from one Asian country to another. I left the US with a 2011 11" MBA as my only laptop, and very quickly watched it die before I landed in my first destination. Luckily, it was fixed with AppleCare (not sure what was fixed, hardware or software or both) but is has been working fine since. That said, this has made me concerned about depending on one machine while traveling. Seriously, I can't do any work or keep track of anything without a laptop, and I refuse to go PC, bleeech!! So, I am considering snagging another Apple laptop and keeping the MBA as a backup. Also, as much as it meets my needs and is super-light, I tend to run it to its limits (can you hear the fan noise? I'd rather not), and I'd like my main machine to have a bit more oomf, ya know? It would add to my travel stuff weight a bit, but I'm looking to secure a one or two year contract within the next few months, and I have some reliable bases of operation in my next destination where I can leave excessive stuff if need be. So, I have the next month to order a laptop and have a friend ferry it over to me; advice on this plan and/or which model would be very helpful; First Choice: a refurb 15" rMBP. Pros: They are a great price right now and a great machine. A base model would be fine, but if I can get a 16 GB RAM model, that would be sweet, been watching them sell out quick! Cons: The dreaded IR... I'd rather not have to deal with that while abroad, and it seems to be an LG Samsung crap shoot still. Also, finding a decent sleeve is damn hard!!!! Second Choice: a refurb 13" rMBP. Pros: Smaller, lighter and can do all I need in style Cons: For the money I'd pay, it just seems that a base 15" rMBP is still the better deal, despite the slight increase of weight and size. See also IR and sleeve annoyances. Third Choice: a refurb 13" cMBP. Pros: It's cheap, its dam good, and will also be plenty powerful. Upgradeable RAM also a plus. Cons: One thing about the MBA that irks me is the fan noise, and I'd prefer my other laptop to be of the quiet variety. Also, they weigh almost as much as the 15" rMBP I think (I'll check), so if I'm going to lug another laptop with me, I might as well get more bang for the pound and buck So folks, thanks again for any advice you can give!