This is primarily for the members on here who come on and can't decide whether or not to get a MacBook. Just as a preface, I own a late 2013 2.6/8/256 13" MBPr. I was coming from an HP laptop and this was my first Mac. Pros: It's built well. Everything is high end. A notebook is more than just processor ram and storage. It's also trackpad, speakers, screen, and keyboard. I would have to say the MBPr is premium in every one of those ways. The second thing about it is that "it just works." That basically means it does what I want it do when I want to do it every single time and there are no hiccups. Even basic things like turning it off are as simple as turning it off. With Windows there were sometimes 30 minute long updates before turning off. If you own an iPad or an iPhone, you can relate to the above statement of "it just works." You never have to worry about maintenance. It never gets starts to lag, starts to overheat, or causes trouble in any way. All the other pros are expected given I paid $1585 total, such as being lightning fast, etc. Cons: The price. It's a darn expensive item. Think about this: If your average laptop can run for 5 years, and you can buy 4 $400 dollar Windows laptops for the price of 1 $1600 MacBook, that's 20 years worth of computers. Literally. ___________________________________________________________________________________ Should you buy one? It boils down to 1 thing- can you really afford it? Don't take a loan and pay interest to pay for this. Don't use your student debt to pay for one. If you get $2,000 a month in hand, don't spend 1 months earnings on a computer. You're better off getting a windows and saving your money for better things (such as retirement). But if you make a comfortable income, have extra cash, very little debt, etc. it's a good choice. I don't think you would be disappointed. I certainly am not. That's my opinion.