Hello, I'm trying to *figure out which route to take.* My situation: I *need to get a new computer due to mine being an *antiquated desktop. I'm coming from: 2005 Dell Dimension E510 Desktop Purchased: 10/10/05 Price: $1,074 Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition Version 2002 (Service Pack 3) * 3.0GHz Single Core Intel (R) Pentium * *1GB 400MHz DDR2 SDRAM *4x256MB * 250GB Serial ATA Drive (7200rpm) (replaced 3/06/07) * 180GB Serial ATA Drive (7200rpm) (original) *'ATA Radeon X300 SE with 128MB memory * 17" Viewable E173FP Flat Panel Display* Originally, I was going to go with a 27" iMac. *But due to new living circumstances living in two states New Jersey and Florida throughout the year a laptop is more practical.* The machine I choose will be my PRIMARY computer. My iPad (3rd Generation) has been my portable computer. *So since I finally accepted that the best computer for my needs is a MacBook vs an iMac now I need to figure out which to get.* I'm deciding between a high end 13" MacBook Air vs a *low end *15"MacBook Pro with Retina display. * Im being drawn to these 2 machines due to how light they are . I'm just having difficulty deciding which is best suited for me * The configurations I'm looking at are: 2012 13" MacBook Air Price:*$2,016.37 OS X Mountain Lion * 2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz * 8GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM * 256GB Flash Storage * Intel HD Graphics 4000 * Apple USB SuperDrive* * AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Air / 13" MacBook Pro - Auto-enroll 2012 15" MacBook Pro with Retina Display Price: 2,664.79 OS X Mountain Lion * 2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz * 16GB 1600MHz DDR3L SDRAM * 256GB Flash Storage * Intel HD Graphics 4000 * NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory * Apple USB SuperDrive* * AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Air / 13" MacBook *Pro - Auto-enroll My major draws to the MacBook Air are: price the extreme light weight the extreme thinness.* My drawbacks to the MacBook Air are:* Dual Core Processor vs Quad Core Processor Lack of independent graphics Card Smaller Display (remember I'm coming from a 17" monitor and I ideally wanted an 27" iMac. ) My major draws to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display are: Weight Quad Core Processor Graphics Card The power that this machine has and may help me in the long run as my needs in a computer increase Retina Display ( spoiled with iPad (3rd Generation) and iPhone 4S) My drawbacks to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display are: Price difference In reality though, is the Air enough for me as my PRIMARY computer other than my iPad (3rd Generation) and my iPhone 4S? Is it thewiser choice due to the price? I'm paying an extra $650 *for: the Retina Display Quad Core Processor Independent Graphics 8GB extra RAM PLEASE HELP!!!