Hi all, to start off sorry for this long winded wall of text - wanted to explain a bit of my thought process and uses to see if anyone could help me make this decision. Another thing I want to get off my chest - I feel so relieved to have made the revelation that I like Macs. For many years I bashed them and their users, but I saw a good deal on a C2E iMac and thought I'd try it (and sell it for what I paid or more if I didn't). All the Macs I tried before were PowerPC based G4 machines which were slow compared to the Core 2 Duo I was using at the time. Turns out, I can really appreciate a lot of stuff that's done here. So with that - sorry for being such an Anti-Mac jerk for so long! It's nice to be able to see why someone would prefer either platform and not have a bias for either anymore. I still like Windows though, my main PC is used for gaming and other purposes on a 30" display so I don't think a Mac would ever replace this machine (but I don't really think they would try to anyway). I've had a solid and speedy ThinkPad T420 laptop with an SSD and secondary storage HDD I've used for portable use, but now that I'm open to MacBooks I've been looking at what I could find locally. And thus brings me here. I am considering a 15" MBP which was purchased July 2013 (Non-retina). Based on the specs it's a Mid-2012 MBP with a 2.3 GHz i7 quad core with GT 650M graphics, 500 GB HDD, 4 GB RAM, priced at $1,000. So I'm trying to factor if I sold my T420 and maybe the C2E iMac about how much I'd actually pay out of pocket for the MBP. I'm kind of unsure if I really need a laptop though, as I have contemplated selling my current laptop and just using a tablet for portable uses as I don't often go places, and certainly not with the need of a computer now that I'm about finished with college. I had an Asus ROG 17" gaming laptop for part of my time at school, and it seemed cool at first - but then it started to seem stupid to carry that huge thing around and I rarely had time to play games while on campus since I had to bring out the mouse and mousepad and the headphones. I don't even know if I need a portable PC period, but it seems like a good idea to have one just in case something craps out on my desktop and has me in downtime (Has only happened once but honestly was several years ago, GPU died and all I had was a horrible slow entry level HP laptop...the horror...). I don't seem to be the type that curls up on a couch and uses a laptop/tablet - I usually just sit at my PC all day (Plus I have a great sound system on the PC which makes it preferable to other options generally). I like the idea of the rMBP's for their screen resolution (That's why I use a 30" 2560x1600 display as opposed to a multiscreen setup of lower res displays). But I'm not sure that for me that wouldn't just be a "ooh ahh" factor that I don't legitimately need. I thought about a MacBook Air as they seem even more affordable, but I do like knowing that I have a portable machine that can do what I need (I am confident in my T420 to do this). Geekbench on my T420 is 5281 on the multicore 32-bit, for my gaming PC it's 9322 (3rd Gen i5 3.1 GHz), the 15" MBP is 10551 - impressive that it's even faster than my desktop. I don't have a particular need for the iMac that I have, I have considered photo editing on it with Aperture - though I have an S-IPS display and photoshop on my PC which could be used for the same ends. I see the prices people sell MacBooks for on Craigslist and wonder if I'd even stand to lose a lot if I ended up finding out I didn't use it much. I like using Mac for anything I don't need to use a PC for but the iMac is definitely slower than my i5 gaming machine so I don't go to it always - was thinking maybe a fast Mac laptop would allow me to get more immersed in OS X. So I'm a bit lost here. Do I buy this 15" MBP and sell my laptop and C2E iMac? Sell my laptop and just get a tablet (Thinking iPad Mini Retina or Nexus 7)? Wait until I can find a rMBP at a fair price and get that instead? Wait for new rMBA to come out? TL;DR: 15" non-Retina MBP 2012 2.3 GHz i7 for $1,000 a good deal?