This being my first post on the forum I expect to get flamed so be it. I've been dealing with a 2009 Mac Mini for a while now. With the economy in the ******* I decided to head back to Graduate school for a degree in digital media. Needless to say Pro Tools and Adobe CS were taxing my system. I knew a new MBP was coming out within the year of starting classes so I waited until a big release. That came with the Retina MBP. I hesitated and waited to order until last week. Got the base w/ 16gb, amazingly its in my hands today (don't know why I got fast shipping, was told it wouldn't come until the second week in July) Anyway the point of this thread/post is to say: This is a great computer. The screen IS amazing, I've compared it in "best for retina" mode to my girlfriends 2011 MBA and the pixelation is noticeable. Very similar experience to seeing the iPad 3 v iPad 2. To all of you bitching about jaggies and pixelation with images I think your overreacting. Its a minor inconvenience for everything else to look insanely smoother. It's really not that noticeable. For all of you bitching about the price, shut up already. YES it IS expensive. But what if you've saved for a year with this major revision in mind? What if you actually NEED the extra computing power of a top end laptop? And what if you happen to find yourself in the only field (digital media - graphic, sound, UI design) where a mac is the industry standard? The rMBP is the logical choice. I wanted to make this post to calm the nerves of anyone else out there who might be hesitating to buy the new MBP because of all the **** talking on this forum. In short, let the haters hate. Its a great computer. You won't regret it. Go buy it. Let the flaming begin. Or slow thread death..