Hello, I need to purchase a new laptop and I'm feeling overwhelmed by the options. Here's my situation: - Graphic designer, mainly for print - Going back to school this fall for textile design (4 yrs) - Amateur photographer - NOT a gamer at all The most complicated my workflow gets is running InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat Professional simultaneously, maybe with email and a couple web browser pages open, maybe iTunes. I don't want to be frustrated with slowness using larger Photoshop files, RAW files or intricate vectors in Illustrator. I hate clutter so I try not to open too many things at once. I dabble in web design for my personal portfolio site, but it's not my priority. I need portability but not to the point where it impairs performance. I will probably keep it for a few years. Best Options (?): - MacBook Air 13" 2.0 GHz i7/8GB RAM/256 GB Flash - MacBook Pro 13" 2.9 GHz i7/8GB RAM - ATA or SS Drive? - MacBook Pro Retina 15" - base price or top of the line? I like the lightness of the MBA but can it handle multiple CS6 apps? Or will it be okay if I store music and photos externally? MBP 13" has much more storage space and customizability but will it become obsolete sooner? Retina is the wave of the future but is it a good investment or a bit overkill for my situation? I have examined the specs a million times but I don't know how they will play out in real life. Thanks in advance to all who had the patience to read and answer this! I have read tons of similar threads but none quite fit my situation.