My 2008 iMac has performed admirably for many years but now I find myself longing for the portability and performance of a laptop. Uses: I do a some photoshop and illustrator, as well as some light coding. I look forward to doing a bit of family video editing with the newer version of iMovie. I take a fair number of photos and iTunes could play for nearly a week without repeating. My plan is to purchase a display to plug into for home use and heavier bouts of photoshop (mostly design work; not tons of extremely heavy photo editing). All amazingly interesting stuff, I'm sure. Priorities: So, my main priorities are processing speed and storage space (128G of SSD is almost laughable and I really will NOT be dragging an external drive around with me--That's just not going to happen.). My candidates thus far: 13in. rMBP 2.6 i5/8/512G for $1799 13in. non-retina MBP 2.9 i7/8/1T for $1549 I really prefer the price point of the nrMBP (as that facilitates purchasing the external display) but am not as knowledgeable about the differences between Ivy Bridge vs Haswell nor i5 vs i7 as I'd like to be. Yes, I understand that retina is "amazeballs", but looking at the screens I don't know that the resolution alone justifies the higher price point for me. Similarly, SSD is substantially faster but I can see swapping out the optical in the nrMBP for an SSD in a year or so when SSD prices have dropped. A late new candidate: Refurb. (2/13) rMBP 3.0 i7/8/512 for $1659 I really appreciate any advice, knowledge or experience you might be able to provide. Thanks!