Hey Guys I don't want to gloat but somehow my July 12th order was shipped on the 21st and I received it this morning (after work at London Drugs since I was not home). (London Drugs post office actually opens till 11pm in Vancouver for my location). I did a lot of research and I was waiting patiently for a new laptop, not just from Apple but from Asus, Toshiba etc and was also researching the best parts to build a PC tower. After using the Retina Macbook for almost an hour now, it has lived up to its hype and is fast and beautiful in every way. But somehow I can't justify it at the moment since my 2007 Macbook Pro 17" is still going on strong. My 17" is my only computer since 2007 and I have an external display. My 17" has a 1920x1200 glossy display and looks just as phenomenal, along with my SSD upgrade. My 17" is blazing fast for the average user. My boot time is around 30 seconds or so too. I can play and have finished Diablo 3 and Starcraft 2 on this thing. I can edit videos in iMovie/Final Cut X, web design online, create what I need in Indesign and edit photos in Photoshop/Aperture... all with no problem. Rendering is not a problem on this thing and the longest processing is just from uploading my work to Youtube or online somewhere. I can bring this 17" anywhere I like because it is not that big, it just looks big, contrary to all the 15" owners already and weighs the same IMO. Its a portable desktop in HD I can bring to work, home, library, friends, on my bed. The reason I bought the Retina Macbook was perhaps just the sake of buying it because in my mind I just thought my 2007 Macbook is old and slow. But really comparing this thing to whats out on the market right now it still blows them away. When I pull this thing out everyone stares not because of its size (not that size) but because of its design. For the Retina Macbook it does everything above (I am confident it can and much better) but it seems like I have no use for a second computer. Reasons for this purchase is for leaving my 17 inch at home since it was my only computer and have the Retina on the go. But my 17 is just as portable. The pros of the Retina was the battery life because I would have to plug in my 17" after an hour use. I dropped my 2nd battery that I use for backup on this thing and I didn't want to buy another one. Also my superdrive is funky sometimes and doesn't read dual layer discs so I can't burn with the new blank DVDs. Not a big problem but would prefer it to work. The Retina I am using the 1920 x 1200 setting because that is the setting I am used to. Played around with the other settings as well and they all look amazing. No gripes about the display. The new stereo speakers on the Retina are decent but my 17" are just as decent as well. In either case I use headphones so it was not a factor in my purchase. At the end of the day I believe this is more of a love for my old Macbook than an actual comparison and that I am just not used to the new Retina yet and I need to give it some more time. I will try to make a decision soon before the 30 day return policy kicks in. And since Apple does not charge restocking fee anymore (can someone confirm?) I am not worried about losing money by returning it. I hope this review helped some fellow switchers who want to buy the new Retina. Thanks!