I’m probably the most tech savvy person in my intermediate family, so over the past month I’ve been helping my niece look into laptop options for for college this fall. We looked at everything from Windows to MacBook Pro, and even iPad Pro before finally noticing the latest Air models. I recommend the i7 512 configuration and suggested she go to an Apple Store to compare with the MacBook 12" & Pro models. She decided to go with the Air and chose the i5 256 configuration. Yesterday we all got together to celebrate her 18th birthday, so I had the chance to check out the Air for myself and help her get set up with a few things. As a rMBP owner, I was fully expecting to hate the display, but I actually found it to be quite decent! I do a lot of visually demanding work on my rMBP, so while it wouldn't be ideal for me, it’s still plenty sharp and bright enough for basic everyday needs, and you get amazing battery life as a bonus. Performance felt quite snappy too, and those standard ports & features like magsafe should come in handy at the university. I was worried I might have steered her in the wrong direction, but now I think this machine is going to be a great fit for her. The MacBook Air still offers an excellent balance of quality, price and performance in 2017.