I forgot that I had an account here, but since I just remembered that I do, I'd like to ask y'all for some computer buying advice. I'm going to be starting college in the fall, and I intend to major in business. Windows and OSX are both acceptable, however if I go the OSX route, I am required to have a Windows virtual machine in either Parallels or VMware. Other than that requirement, most of my computer use is pretty typical--web browsing, media consumption, word processing, and some gaming here and there. My first option is the Retina MacBook Pro ($1,999 with student discount.) Having played around with one, I'm blown away by the display, weight, footprint, etc. However, it is expensive. I'd buy one right now, but I have my reservations: I don't know if Parallels/VMware/Windows 8 will play nicely with the display. I'm sure that software updates will eventually ensure that it'll work, but I'm still concerned. Secondly, it's a lot of computer. Given its price tag, a part of me feels bad knowing that its computing power is underutilized. My second option is Lenovo's upcoming Carbon X1. I know that there's going to be some bias against it on Macrumors, but there are things I like about it. It has a footprint comparable to a 13in mba with a display that's neither too small nor too big. While it's something different than a mac, it's a fantastic looking computer. The durability of a Lenovo and the rapid charge feature (80% recharge in 30 mins) are also pluses. Lastly, no need for a VM. But seeing as there's no solid release date, and that it's undergone no evaluation, there's a great deal of uncertainty. I probably won't have much of an opportunity to handle one without buying one. I can wait out July, but I can't wait much longer than that. Thirdly is a spec'd out MacBook Air (i7, 8gb ram, 256 ssd.) Having used and played around with my mom's, I really like the form factor. Will it handle virtualization and have sufficient power to last 4 years down the road? Secondly, I'm not sure how I'd like the 13 inch display for things like word processing. Do any of you have differing opinions on this? Also, I'm not sure if the price delta between it and the retina mbp is that significant. My parents feel comfortable paying for any of these, including the Retina MBP. I'm sorry for not being more concise, but I'm trying to look at every variable. This is the first time I've considered a Mac and will be my computer for the next four years--this isn't something I'm taking lightly, and a second opinion would be greatly appreciated.