I have an April 2008 Macbook which I use as my main computer (with an external monitor and keyboard) and occasionally take traveling. It still works fine, but will not support OS beyond Lion, or iCloud, and some software no longer supports Snow Leopard (which I use and like). I was in an Apple Store today and looked at the Macbook Pro, the Macbook Pro with Retina, and the Macbook Air. The Air looks like it would be harder to use with externals as it lacks ports. The Retina display wouldn't matter as most use would be using the external monitor. The Macbook Pro looks like an upgrade to what I have. Would the basic Macbook meet my needs? The price is $1,199 for the base model (what I paid in 2008), but the $1,499 one looks like the better choice (8 GB ram, and a larger hard drive).