I recently purchased and returned the 13-inch MacBook Air (1.7Ghz i7 / 8GB memory / 512 GB Flash Storage), biggest complaints with the MacBook Air was: 1. poor screen resolution: only 1440 x 900 resolution - pixelation was clearly evident and annoying 2. Poor keyboard quality: keys kept popping off with normal typing (could have been a fluke) 3. Too sharp: don't want to induce carpel tunnel syndrome 4. anodized aluminum 5. No LTE Things I liked about the MacBook Air 1. size 2. lightweight 3. OS X 4. anodized aluminum 5. processor speed 6. battery life 7. Customer Support - this is a big factor missing with Google, No Google Stores like the Apple Stores So I am considering either the ChromeBook Pixel or the newest 13-inch MacBook with Retina (with Haswell Processor) I am using specs from the MacBook Air as a baseline for specs, I should also mention I am a longtime Chromebook user so my computer using habits are most like a Chrome OS user. Currently typing this on my old duct-taped CR-48. ...yet I also own a iMac so I am at home and happy with both OS X & Chrome OS. MBA - 1.7Ghz i7 / 8GB memory / 512 GB Flash Storage / 2.96lbs / 1440 x 900 resolution $1,749 MBP/wR - 2.8Ghz i7 / 8GB memory / 512 GB Flash Storage / 3.46lbs / 2560 x 1600 at 227 PPI $1,879 ....$130 more, 1/2 lb heavier CBP - 1.8Ghz i5 / 64 GB memory / 1 TB free storage / 3.35lbs / 2560 x 1700, at 239 PPI $1,449 ...$300 less expensive then MBA, 0.39 lb heavier Size and weight are essentially the same within a 1/2 lb, all are made of anodized aluminum. With both the MBPwR & the CBP I would get better screen quality and lose the knife edge of the MBA. The keyboard on the MBPwR would essentially be the same as the MBA, but again the keys popping off may have been a fluke? Bonus on CBP - touch screen & LTE What is most important to me: 1. Screen Quality (CBP is slightly better) 2. Weight (CBP is slightly lighter then MBPwR) 3. Processor Speed (MBPwR is best) 4. Battery Life (may be better in the MBPwR) - battery life is actually not that important to me If the ChromeBook Pixel came with the latest Haswell Processor this would be a no-brainer, as it would solve both the processor speed and battery life aspect Also, Customer Support is a big factor missing with Google, No Google Stores like the Apple Stores, I realize that the ChromeBook Pixel is a Google flagship product much like the Nexus One was to get manufactures on board. I still own 2 Nexus Ones, and currently use one. The MacBook Pros with Retina are definitely more a consumer driven production and delivery product. Screen Quality/weight/Chrome OS (bonus LTE & touch screen) vs Processor Speed/Battery Life/OS X? For me the difference in OS's is insignificant as a Chrome OS-like user there is not much I use in OS X that I don't use with Chrome OS. Also, since I usually just put the MacBook in sleep mode the benifit of a fast boot time in Chrome OS is also not a determining factor. Basically, I am a consumer on the fence: ChromeBook Pixel vs New 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina (with Haswell Processor)? and since I want to make my purchase fairly soon (within 2 - 3 days) I don't have the luxury of time for Google to release a ChromeBook Pixel 2.0 with the latest Haswell Processor.