I have a 2011 Air, and recently bought a rMBP thinking I would upgrade. I totally understand that the rMBP is overpriced - I was disappointed in the lack of quad core processor and discrete graphics, but thought the screen would be worth it. And purchase price wasn't the top issue for me. Bottom line - I returned the rMBP I have an IPad3, and I really appreciate the retina screen when I hold it close enough to appreciate the resolution. But for me the laptop retina screen wasn't held close enough to be worth the cost, battery life, and weight. It's a great machine, but for me the 1 generation old Air still does the job. Just sharing in case others are thinking about the rMBP.