Picked up the $1499 model of the rMBP a few hours ago. Been installing things and running some tests. I am a little disappointed. It was my hope that this laptop could be the perfect middle ground of the 2013 13" MBA I have and my video editing laptop (lenovo y410p). Sadly, it is maybe 10-15% faster at encoding video from Adobe Premiere. I don't know if it is because I changed the resolution on the laptop, as the "Best" setting is was too low resolution.