Hey there, long time lurker and first time poster. Just made an account because I need serious advice! I got my 2010 13" MacBook Pro stolen about a month ago. I've been saving up money and want to buy a new one in the next few weeks but I can't decide. I don't want to splurge and the more expensive the laptop is the longer I'll have to wait to get it. I'm a student and have educational pricing as well. I know for sure I want a 13" laptop, 256gb SSD and 8gb of RAM. I do plan on using this as my primary computer for 4-5 years. If I go with a MBP should I install the SSD myself? Or is it better to have it preinstalled because I do use the optical drive. $1639 for MBP with 8gb of ram, 256 SSD, 2.5 ghz i5 $1539 for MBA with same specs but 1.8 ghz i5 $1899 for rMBP with same specs as MBP Like the MBP for the possibility of upgrades in future(still using 07 iMac thats running strong because of upgrades) but don't like the screen resolution. MBA is nice but the MBP is only 100 more for faster processor and optical drive. I really like the retina screen but not sure if its worth the price jump. I also could wait until 2013 models come out but would be using an ipad for school and iMac at home which isn't as preferable as a laptop as my primary computer at home and on the go. Thanks for any advice!