I would just like to ask for your opinion. I currently have a Mac mini mid 2012, the base model and I am planning to buy my first Macbook and I am having a difficult time choosing between the non-retina and the retina 13" macbook pro. I know the non retina version is an old model but I am worried that if I buy the retina version I cannot do anything to fix it just in case it gets damaged or broken since most if not all of the parts are soldered to the motherboard. Here are the things I love and hate of the two models: Non-retina Pros: 1. Upgradable 2. Repairable 3. I really love the battery status button with light 4. Cheaper Cons: 1. Heavier 2. Less battery life 3. Older chipset 4. Thicker 5. USB port placement Retina Pros: 1. Lovier display 2. Longer battery life 3. Thinner and lighter 4. More futureproof 5. HDMI Cons: 1. More expensive 2. Non upgradable and repairable 3. Only 128gb (the only configuration i can afford) By the way, I am from the Philippines and the price difference between the two is about $230, unlike in the US that is just $100. Also here in my place we do not have any Official Apple stores so when a Mac has problems we have a hard time in getting it repaired. I guess my real question is, is the non-retina macbook pro still worth the money at this time, with all the new stuff that's out? And is the retina model really worth it? I really hope you could help me out. Thank you.