Okay, so I *HAVE* to buy a new computer BY February 2017. I start courses where I will be in many different fields for the majority of the day. I also want to really get into learning more programs that require a great deal of power. I currently own a Early 2013/rMBP/2.4 i7/8 ram/256GB and it is HORRIBLE. I am out of warranty, my battery is so horrible that it only lasts 45 minutes on a charge, I don't think the right side of this Mac even works? (right speaker is totally fried, some lights don't turn on, USB on that side sometimes doesn't respond), my trackpad is sunken in (I don't know how - it requires an excessive amount of force to respond sometimes), Right now I have Safari in full screen with three tabs open + iTunes and Microsoft word open on the desktop and i'm only getting 600mb of free Ram? (that can't be normal..), and finally it gets unusable when I try to load any graphics game (like The Sims or Cities: Skylines - which should run just fine). I tried just swallowing the urge to get a new one but I simply can't use this anymore and after the random shutdown I had with it last night (where it wouldn't load up for 45 minutes and was blank) I know I have to get a new one. However, my problem now is the fact that the new MacBook Pro just released is getting HAMMERED with hate and now Consumer Report can't even recommend it?? If I get a new computer, I would want it new - the thought of getting the last generation MBP that was released so long ago doesn't seem logical to me..but it also doesn't seem logical to get the new one either..AND the thought of going back to a Windows machine is a nightmare. Any recommendation, insight, or anything would be appreciated.