If you passed on the iMac Retina to go with a rMBP and a monitor, tell me what monitor you chose, how you use it, and if you are happy. The recent launch of the iMac Retina tempted me to try one. I have another week to decide if I am keeping it. I would rather have one portable computer (rMBP) and an external monitor that doesn't make me miss the display quality of the retina laptops. From prior experience, I can share that Apple's TB display was not close enough. Trying the iMac Retina has been a reminder of how much more productive I can be on a larger screen, but I don't want to be looking at big panel that causes more eye fatigue when I am at the computer for long hours -- or have a larger monitor that makes me miss the display quality of the retina laptops. If you have had a similar experience, let me know how you worked it out for yourself and if you would make the same choices again. Thanks!