NOW HEAR ME OUT. I'm currently still running a late-2010 MBP 13". I'm still a big fan of it and it works just as well as it always has. I upgraded the HDD to a Seagate Momentus(I think) a couple years back. But it's getting old and I think I have a repairable but sobering RAM problem that I'll be addressing myself. Either way, in returning to Grad school, it seems like it may be time to get a new computer. I move between a couple desks throughout the day. At work it's largely reading articles, writing articles, excel, and molecular modeling. At home when not doing homework I do some development and game design with a bit-o-gaming of my own. I have never cared about graphics quality, just smoothness. I really don't think I care much about the Retina display because I spend so much time with my mac plugged into other monitors or TVs. And despite moving around on a regular basis, I am very rarely without an outlet and charger. Almost never, and not for extended times. As a result, the CPU benchmarks on the non-retina MBP IvyBridge are so close to the broadwell from what a see, excepting the power consumption. I'm not really concerned with loadup times (I'll be reusing my current 750GB hard drive that I'm perfectly happy with). I can put 16GB of ram in the new machine for $75. And with the $650 I'm not spending on the newest rMBP instead, I can buy a separate desktop with its own dedicated graphics. It seems like the biggest sell points for the new MBP is the SSD, the retina screen, and the power consumption. It would be nice to have the smaller form, but meh. It just doesn't seem worth it for what I want the computer for. Now, that being said, have I overlooked something painfully important? I'm curious as to what everyone sees as the benefits. Otherwise, I think I may have already made my decision. TL;DR: I don't think the advantages of the rMBP are advantages to me or are not worth it. Do you disagree? Thanks everyone!