I've got a 2012 rMPB still kicking around. But the battery needs to be replaced (it will last quite a bit but sometimes will randomly shut down at around 40%, but most of the time runs down to 0%). So I've got an apple gift card, will try and sell this on ebay or something, and want to buy a new laptop. If I didn't have a gift card I'd actually consider a Windows laptop (Surface Laptop, Huawei or something). My desktops at work and home is where I do my power computing, so I've noticed my rMBP is basically internet, word, and acrobat. I also have a VPS I use for some work. So basically almost any modern laptop will suffice. That said, I still want the strongest laptop out of the two choices. Screen, keyboard, etc. which is better? Looking at the refurb store, a June 2017 mbp with 2.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 64MB of eDRAM, Iris Plus 640 graphics or 2018 Air with 1.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 3.6GHz, with 4MB L3 cache, UHD 617 graphics. In general which is the better machine both power, but also otherwise (monitor, keyboard, etc.). I think the MBP screen is still brighter? I don't use the machine outside but it's still nice to have a brighter screen.