Ok a little background what brought me to a 13 inch macbook pro 2013 model. I started out @2-3 years ago getting a 27-inch loaded BTO iMac a 2011 model. I had lots of issues with this iMac, constant freezing, crashing etc. Went back and forth with Apple for over a year with multiple repairs. Finally they replaced it with a late 2013 iMac. I loved that machine. It was a beast with 4gb video card just flew throw all my projects. But it was stuck at home and with traveling with photography it was a constant pain to be home editing not while on the road editing. So it became more of hassle to use then a benefit. So not long ago I sold the iMac for $2000 and bought a used 2011 15-inch Macbook pro for $500. Put in a ssd, 16gb ram, and a 2tb hdd in optical bay. It worked good but soon became apparent this was one heavy, loud, and hot laptop. I found it to be to big and heavy to bring around a lot. So sold it also for $850. So after using a Macbook Air BTO I realized just what a lightweight machine can do. Yes it is by no means a speed demon for editing or gaming. But you gain the ability to have lightweight and portability. It fits in the smallest of bags. Which was a huge plus since Im already carrying a lot of camera gear. But the air screen is kinda a joke and hard to clean. So I bit the bullet and bought a 2013 13 inch macbook pro retina and I must say this is perfect. Amazing screen, great battery life, plenty of power to do anything. Yes it isn't nearly the machine of the iMac I started with. But I finally have a computer that does everything I need and is compact enough to bring everywhere with ease. No more hot laptop no more stuck at home, no more brick for weight. This thing is the best. Highly recommend !