Got a 1.2/512/SG from Best Buy with 10% off, tried it for a few days and thought it was a bit pricey, returned it. Tried new MB Air, tried new retina MPro 13". Then had serious returner's remorse. Those things felt like tanks after the rMB. Thankfully it was still at the BB I returned it to, and I got it back today! After thinking about it, the 8/512 rMB has retina for $1599 (I got $160 discount through BB, so got it for $1439). An 11" MB Air doesn't have retina, and spec'ed at 8/512 would cost $1499 A 13" MB Air doesn't have retina, and spec'ed at 8/512 would cost $1599 So, the rMB is a bit slower, but the Retina screen is a huge upgrade, and decided it's for me after all. And the price really isn't bad when you consider Apple's other offering spec'd similarly.