I'm looking for some constructive insight here; my current Dell Studio XPS 1640 is approaching 4 years old and its beginning to show it's age, so I'm starting to think about replacement. Overall, its been a good computer, and the only real problems up to now have been a few replacement keyboards. However, recently its been running hot, so Dell basically rebuilt it last week under the extended on site warranty with a new motherboard, palm rest, keyboard, heat sink, and fan; unfortunately, the video on the refirb MB failed after a day, and I am now awaiting another MB. Needless to say, I was disappointed the MB failed so quickly, but I guess it can happen. At least it's usable in the safe mode. I've got to say Dell support overall has been good, but refirb parts concern me. I've always used PC's, but now that I'm retired, I really only use it for surfing, email (Outlook), storage of pictures, important scanned papers, writing letters in Word, and tracking finances, etc., in Excel. One thing I've noticed about the MBP is there is no built in optical drive? I guess that's the latest thing to keep these newer computers thin and light. However, I was surprised the Super Drive doesn't read blu ray? What was Apple's thought process- Retina display, but only able to watch DVD movies? Our current computer comes in handy for watching moves when camping. Have you really missed not having a built in optical drive? Is there anything else I could not do on the MBP vs a PC? I know from having an iPad, Mini iPad, and iPhone that Apple builds quality devices, and am wondering if that extends to their MBPs? Making the switch to a rMBP is a tough decision, and buying another PC (not specifically Dell) is obviously the easiest choice, so hopefully folks with repair experience, and folks who own/owned/use/ both will weigh in as to the overall quality and user experience of MBPs vs equivalent higher end PC's. Again, I'm only looking for constructive comments to help me make a decision, and not a flame war; thank you.