Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. I completed my undergraduate studies last semester and have been using a 2011 MBP for the last 4 years. I bought the stock model but upgraded the RAM myself from 4GB to 8GB on day 1. Since, I have had relatively no problems but I have had a swollen battery which I have replaced (not through apple) and also had my RAM fail and replaced. I am starting medical school in the fall and I am thinking of replacing my computer with a newer model so I do not have to worry about any problems for the next four years. Here are my uses: Streaming Lectures - I will be doing this for about 6 hours a day for the next two years. I really want to have an experience where I will have NO problems doing this, it really should be as smooth as possible. I will be playing it on 1.5x-2x speed. Reading and Annotating PDFs/PowerPoints - LARGE files with tons of pictures and text. I want to smoothly be able to work with image-heavy documents without lag or stuttering Web Browsing with many tabs Writing research papers in MS Word Music streaming through Apple Music/Spotify Web Browsing Streaming to Apple TV I am really attracted to the new MacBook for its form factor and battery life. However, I realize that it is an underpowered machine for the price. Honestly, I haven't used a USB thumb drive in forever (I keep losing them!) but I do like being able to transfer pictures from my MicroSD card on my Pro. This is something I only do very rarely, however, and I am sure i can find a work around. So will the MacBook suffice for me? Will it be able to easily manage the comparatively easy tasks (zero gaming, video or picture editing) WITHOUT hiccups? Can it last 4-5 years of quality usage AS MY PRIMARY MACHINE? Or should I go with the safe option in selecting the MacBook Pro? Is lack of magsafe a big deal - I think the magsafe port is genius and it saddens me that the new computer doesn't have this tech. Also, where can I get the best deal for this computer - Apple's 100$ off or BestBuy +edu+movers? I am comparing both base rMBP v rMB. I appreciate the help and any input. Thanks in advance!