Like many others on this forum, I am heading off to college this August. And as much as I want to wait for a Haswell rMBP, I just can't make it happen. So that leaves me with two options: the new 13" Macbook Air, or a refurb 13" rMBP. Currently I am leaning heavily towards the MBA. I realize it lacks a retina display, but to me having the latest tech is more valuable. The only thing I am struggling with is whether or not the MBA will have adequate power for what I will be using it for. The model I am looking at is: 1.3GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz Intel HD Graphics 5000 8GB memory 256GB flash storage I plan on using it for normal college tasks such as word processing, web browsing, movie watching, etc. I am an economics and political science major so I won't be required to run any demanding programs. I do however plan to run Parallels 8. I also dabble in photography so it has to be able to handle Photoshop CS6. I personally don't have any experience with the air. So if someone who has one could share their experiences with me, it would be greatly appreciated. TL;DR Looking to buy a laptop for college, not sure a 2013 MBA with 8GB of ram will be adequate for my needs.