First post after a few years of lurking, finally decided to sign up since I will be purchasing a mac (hopefully tonight / tomorrow). My current computer is a compaq branded hp (presario cq57) and it's great for the basics but I've basically determined I need a mac now. I'm essentially stuck between going for a 13" MBA with 8gb ram and 128 / 256 ssd gb or a 13" MBP ( never having owned a mac with retina I'm sure I could live without it for college at least) also with 8gb ram and ideally an ssd (128gb) but I could live with a hd if the processor was 2.5+ (if that makes sense). Essentially I would be using it for the following: Word Processing (ms office suite) Video editing (primarily YT videos) via FCP X Music editing / production via Garageband, Logic Pro, and Melodyne Adobe Photoshop CS6 (nothing to heavy like I said willing to live without retina) Probably light gaming Coding ( I don't think this should be an issue, but want the ability to write apps for iOS) Web surfing obviously Building itunes library It seems like a bit now that I look at it, but I don't think I would have more than two of these programs running at the same time (my guess is the worst would be fcpx, garageband, and cs6 all open at the same time). I would ideally love a larger ssd but I have a 500GB western digital external HD that is practically empty minus a recent backup of all my files on my current computer. Which do you think would fit my needs more? Portability is a factor for me but I think the mba is like 1/2 a pound lighter or something which I'm not sure makes a huge difference to me since I'm currently lugging around a 15" pc that is around 7-8lbs. My budget is 1175-1189 (under 1000 was my goal initially and still is but I understand that might not be possible). I'm paying it in full upfront with my own $$ but I'd be deducting around 90-100 from my paycheck/month for 12mo to pay myself back for it. Looking at B&H, Amazon, and Ebay. I'm really looking to avoid sales tax (IL is unforgiving) so if there are any other sites that do not charge sales tax for IL post them below! I've noticed macmall and macconnection charge sales tax for IL sigh. Aesthetically I'm leaning a little a bit towards the mbp just because I like the screen contrast with the black border rather than the silver finish on the mba. I'm open to refurbs as well, but I most likely am not getting apple care. I've been researching this up and down so forgive me if there's a thread a I missed but a little input would help! Also do newer MBA's still overheat or was that never a thing? But yeah trying to solidify a decision tonight, I really need a new laptop since I've started classes already and I'm kind of stuck with a computer that's useless if there isn't an outlet nearby.