Hello everyone, I'd love to get your advice on upgrading my laptop. Currently I have a mid 2010 13" MBP 2.4 GHz with a 500GB drive and 8GB of RAM. It's a great machine and I haven't felt the upgrade itch till now. The CPU is starting to have trouble keeping up, things are not snappy, and sometimes when I close the lid, I discover the next morning that it wasn't in sleep at all. Stuff like that is sorta cropping up here and there. Trouble is, I'm a graphic designer, and I make a lot of graphics for the web. I've heard the retina screen is a nightmare if you want to design for non-retina screens, so, I guess my options are as follows: - Stick an SSD in my current device to give it a speed boost and use it for another year or so. Only, will the good old Intel Core 2 Duo be up to it? - Get a rMBP but also an external monitor (I don't like this because designing on the road or just on the sofa is going to be out ) - Get a rMBP because actually you can set the resolution so that you can simulate a non-retina screen pretty well (I'm told that this isn't possible and that it just isn't up to what a designer needs, but maybe I've just been reading in the wrong places) - Get a MBA. I've always discounted this option because I assumed that the MBA was a neat little machine for writers or maybe someone who just wants to read email, browse and look at a few photos, nothing more. But now that it comes with 512GB SSD and 8GB RAM and intel corei5 or even corei7 (I think?).. is this still the case? how would it perform compared to my current machine? - Get a non retina MBP... only, I don't know why but this just seems like such a waste, especially since the MBP's are supposed to be updated soon.. and the non-retina might not be around after the update, or so the rumours say. Plus, I was sooo looking forward to having a lighter machine and getting rid of the CD drive that I never use. What's my usage? Well, Adobe CS, obviously. Photoshop and Illustrator often running at the same time. Occasionally eating up all 8GB of my RAM, making everything suuuper slow if it goes over that amount (though this might not be so noticeable with an SSD?) This is also going to be my only mac, so I also want to do other things, like have my millions of browser tabs open... Or editing the occasional home movie. I don't design for print that often, but I do need it to be able to handle the higher resolutions involved in that too. Any input highly appreciated!