RMBP, 2.6, 16GB, 512GB SSD : $2999 MBP, 2.6, hi-res, 8GB, 750GB HDD, + 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD : $2299 + $519 sata usb3 enclosure: $25 So if you went with the Retina MBP you're at $3k with no additional goodies. With the regular MBP you get the same performance, a DVD burner, better theoretical gaming performance (if that's your thing, and it's at the cost of lower resolution, of course), a 750GB hard drive to store your whatnot on, and an additional ~$200 in your pocket. So I guess some dust has settled. Is the screen worth the upcharge and any foreseeable maintenance issues as a result of the new design? I enjoy my ipad3 primarily because of the screen, but I have to try to see the pixels on my 17" MBP as I type on it now.