Based on all the hype of the new retina iMac I was really biased to order one unseen since my 7 year old Core2Duo 20" is dying (see thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1806943) I just had the opportunity to view the Retina iMac it in person in a local Apple retail store. They had the retina displayed next to the "normal" iMac 27". What immediately struck me was: NOTHING. Beforehand I was totally hyped by all the reviews on the net but when looking at in person I didn't initially see a very big difference. Only after carefully examination and switching back and forth between both iMacs the differences became more and more obvious. I know it's a technical feat and the resolution is revolutionary but looking at it made me think again. Do I really need it? nope. Do I really want it? Yes, but not as much as before. The difference (subjective) is by no means as big between normal and retina as on my retina macBook. This either means one or more of the following: - My eyes are getting bad - The original iMac screen is already pretty good. Anyway. I'll have to rethink before buying a piece of equipment of up to 3500 euros. My advice: if you're not a professional graphics/photo or video artist, make sure you have a look at it in person before buying.