Just sold my Macbook Pro 15 (Late 2011) i7/8gb/500gb/Radeon 6750 I was getting annoyed of the low res display. 1440x900 on a 15 inch just wasnt doing it for me anymore. I want something thats sharper. Colors were never something to complain about on the MBP. I use Win 7 exclusively at work. I have a UX32VD, driving two external monitors at my desk. I do light web editing and design, word processing, email, excel, coding, linux command line and server support while Im at work. On this i7/6gb/24gbssd+500GB HDD I dont feel it slowing down too often. Most of the time it runs well. Personally, I use my MBP for browsing, web design, consumption of media, light video editing (occasional, nothing pro), android development (basic), word and excel processing. Thats pretty much it. I like having a larger 15 inch display. Ive gone through a few laptops, and returned them due to their quirks. Here they are and the reasons why: $1550 - Acer S7 392 - i7/8gb/256GB ssd/Intel 4400 - gets a little hot, weird keyboard layout, keyboard backlight has whine, small screen $1200 - Dell Inspiron 14 7000 Series - i7/8gb/32gbssd+500GB HDD/Intel 4400 - low brightness, crappy speakers $2200 - Dell XPS 15 (9530) - i7 4702QM/16GB/512GB SSD - runs a little hot, pricey, two finger scrolling SUCKS I'll be going back to school in september (grad degree!! YAY!). I'm not entirely sure what new things I'll need my comp for, but the usual word and excel processing, web design, coding is expected. I may have to run a VM or something but I wont know until later in the year. Can you help me figure out what to buy? I am on a tight budget. I would prefer spending as little as possible without giving up on quality. I WILL spend the money if i have to, but would prefer spending the money for what I will actually use. Apple macbooks do retain their value very well and also function very well for longer times in my personal experience. Should I consider the 13 inch rMBP? I do want long battery life since I'll be TAing and RAing when i start school. The portability would be great, but i find 13 inches small. Although that can also be attributed to the garbage scaling job that win 8 does. I do NOT game. RARELY will I ever play the occasional game of Age of Empires 3 (not graphics intensive in my opinion). Lets hear your opinions and suggestions guys =). Please be objective if possible. I know this is a mac forum, but a lot of us are pro windows users and understand the benefits of them. Thank you in advance.