Here are my impressions after getting the stock rMBP a few days ago, hopefully it might be of some help to others debating getting one: - The Retina Screen - For the first few days it was amazing. However, to be honest I've found that I don't even notice or appreciate the difference anymore. People have said that once you use the retina screen you can't go back to a normal one anymore. This isn't the case, as I have been switching back and forth with my old MBP and have no problem whatsoever. The only big benefit I find is when I'm using Photoshop and Illustrator in the 1920 res mode and get huge screen real estate, but otherwise I think it's overblown at this point in time. For those who are concerned about a) bad pixelation in images and in most program and b) slow scrolling online, I can confirm that both are true to an extent. Almost any video online, including Youtube, as well as any image will look much worse/grainy than before. Also most programs, including all of Office, look pretty awful. Granted people point out that it will take time for everyone to adopt, but in my opinion this will be a very slow adoption. As for the scrolling, the lag is not that bad, but it is definitely noticeable - and this is coming from someone upgrading from a 2006 MBP; I imagine the difference will be even more acute for those used to newer systems. - Screen brightness - As others have noticed, the screen doesn't seem bright enough to me. How can people claim to use it at 50% brightness? My eyesight is perfect, but I can't use it in an well-lit room with less than 75% brightness or it becomes too uncomfortable to read text. - The new speakers really are amazing. Listening to music is so much more enjoyable now. - Battery life - Still after the third battery charge I'm only getting around 4-5 hours battery, and this is with very light usage (only internet, no flash intensive sites). This seems really strange to me, as in Anand's review and as claimed by Apple, light usage should get you around 7 hours usage (one factor might be the 50% brightness he set in the test, but I cannot confirm this as that level is not practical in my opinion). - 256GB SSD – I’m really learning how limited this is, coming from a 500GB HD before. I loaded my music, photos, and installed a few basic programs and I’m down to 70 GB. If I choose to install Bootcamp that leaves 30GB, which is very worrying. - The keyboard – More related to all unibodies, but it's very frustrating that I can’t keep this thing clean (without resorting to a keyboard skin). After coming from a 2006 MBP where the silver keys never had this problem, any slight touch leaves marks on the keys which are very hard to clean off. I've also read that after a few months the keys become all shiny and worn looking, which is making me worried, as I would definitely want to sell this next year to pick up the Haswell version which hopefully would fix a lot of the issues I'm having with the current model.