Just wanted to write my thoughts/mini review here for anyone else that maybe coming to the rMPB from a windows machine. Let me start by saying I have always hated Macs and Apple from the time I can remember, but that all changed when i got my iPhone 5s a few months ago. Computer wise I was always a windows guy and phones I went for Android. After buying the 5s, I fell in love with it and decided I wanted to have a Mac computer. I started researching and really was not interested in spending as much as one would cost but I finally broke down and sold myself. So last Saturday I went to the Apple store and picked up a 13in 8gb rMBP with the 512ssd. My experience in the store was great. I walked in and was greeted by a nice smiling young lady who was willing to spend as much time answering my questions as I needed. I had a hard time decided on weather to get the 13 or 15 or even a MBA (screen sold me on the rMBP) in but opted for the 13 due to it being more portable and a bit cheaper. Speaking of price, they had it for $1799 and I mentioned that at Best Buy it was $1749 on sale, to which she told me she could match that but then asked if I was in college. I told her it had been many years and she said no problem and gave me the student discount on it bringing it down to $1699. She had them bring it out and while doing the set up I mentioned Apple Care to which she never even mentioned it while doing the sale and she said of course and rung it up and she gave the discount on it saving $66, so in total I saved $166, about equal to the tax. The set up was pretty quick, I told them it was my first and they made sure I knew what I was doing with it before I left. It was an awesome experience. As for the computer itself, I love it. i have had a few beach balls on it but over all it is the fastest, smoothest and best computer I have had. I am still learning to use it obviously but am finding more and more by the day that I can do with it. The free software that came with it is still installed, I use garageband mainly for a time killer, have not used the iPhoto or ivideo programs yet nor the iWork's programs. I have found that once i transferred my media over to it I still have quite a bit of storage left. It connects to my home network just fine, is by far the fastest machine on it. The display is great, I see no yellow tint and I am not doing the IR test, if I have issues with that down the road, thats what the Applecare is for. I am mixed on weather to stick with Chrome or Safari. When using Chrome, it always shows up under the battery as using significant energy, I only see that on Safari when I am streaming netflix. I was so impressed with this machine that I bought an Airport Extreme to use for time machine and also a network drive. Other than the learning curve and trying to figure things out, this is the best machine I have ever had and although a lot of money, I have no complaints to date. Anyone on the fence about weather to stick with windows or go to a mac, I can highly recommend this machine.