I'm hoping to get some opinions regarding a potential MacBook Pro (retina) purchase. I'm having trouble justifying the $1,299 price simply because of the intended usage. I only do basic, everyday tasks like web browsing, email, streaming music/video, HDMI to TV streaming, Microsoft Office, and very minor photo editing using Google Picasa. No gaming, heavy photo editing, video editing, or demanding software. The configuration I'm looking at is the following: 13-inch: 2.4GHz with Retina display 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz 4GB 1600MHz memory 128GB PCIe-based flash storage Intel Iris Graphics Built-in battery (9 hours) I was considering the iPad, but require Microsoft Office and I prefer a physical keyboard for typing instead of a touchscreen keyboard. I also considered a Chromebook, but still am lacking the Microsoft Office programs. The MacBook Air is almost just as pricey too. I do like Apple products and have a iPod from 2005 that still works and a iPhone 4s from summer 2012 that still works well. I have heard horror stories about Windows 8 operating system, so I'm not sure if OSX and another Apple product is the clear choice. I would appreciate your thoughts! What would you do in my situation?