Hello MacRumors! I'm heavily considering one of the new 12" Retina MacBooks; I plan on getting one if they're refreshed at Apple's March 21st event. When I first tried it out at the Apple Store, I was originally pretty unimpressed with it. However, as I began to realize that I wanted a newer, lighter, and faster computer, I began to notice the rMB more. I tried it a couple of hours ago at my local Best Buy, and I absolutely fell in love with it. The computer is so thin, so light, and so portable, but it also seems so capable (of course, I wasn't able to test it fully, being at the mall and under a time constraint). However, as the title suggests, I am a computer science major at my current university, so I have some computing needs that need to be met through the new machine. I currently have a 2012 13" MacBook Pro and it has been serving me well, but it has been getting rather slow and I'm looking for something much more portable. I don't really want to go for the Air because its screen isn't all that great, and I can definitely see the rMB as my future computer more than the Air. Anyways, I don't want to keep this thread too long, so here are some of my computing needs. For any current rMB owners (or those experienced with evaluating a computer's performance based purely on specs), do you think it can handle the following tasks? • Major coding projects (I'm taking an Operating Systems course this fall, so I need to be able to test out projects like this; usually we modify an existing OS and add functionality to it) • Development with IDEs, such as Eclipse • Web development • Virtualization of Linux using VirtualBox (with Windows is a plus, but definitely not a requirement. Also, I may have to run the existing OS mentioned above in a virtual environment) • Emulation of GameBoy Advance, Playstation 1, etc. • Other basic needs (heavy web browsing, iMessaging, etc. and I'm sure the rMB can handle these just fine) Those are the major needs I can of so far. I've seen some videos of gaming on the rMB and surprisingly, it handles modern games quite well. I know that's more of a GPU thing, but that's about the best measure of performance I have right now. Thanks, MacRumors! EDIT: I found this video that I'm currently watching; it explores the machine from a developer's (that's me! sort of...) perspective: I am still curious as to what your opinions are, however!