Just wondering what everybody is thinking of doing, especially those who currently don't have a laptop that fully meets their needs (12" MB in my case). Personally really interested in the Surface Book, as even maxed out is around 25% cheaper than the equivalent rMBP (15"), and the trackpad is almost Apple-level, with really good build quality all around and the stylus/tablet are somewhat useful to me as a student. I was considering the XPS 15 but the unreliability/QC/Customer service issues combined with poor build quality and materials mean if I could only afford the XPS 15, I'd look for an older rMBP. This is not an Apple bashing thread. I've been an Apple fan for the last few years but the price simply doesn't reflect the product anymore, especially due to the vast increase in build quality and temperature/noise in Windows laptops, coupled with the fact that Apple feel the need to increase prices by nearly 50% across Europe. Personally I feel that the Surface Book offers performance as good as the 15" rMBP, especially if you don't need 4 physical CPU cores. The battery life has been vastly improved and the 965M should easily be better across the board than the 450/55/60, as well as the benefit of CUDA cores for those who use the laptop for professional work. edit : My use case is quite average, typical student work which I hope to incorporate the stylus into, moderate gaming (bf1/civ 6 @ 1080p hopefully), light Photoshop and lightroom work.