Don't ask me HOW, but I managed to get $750.00 for my 09, 13 inch MBP, so that made the cost of this one seem like way less.
When I was restoring my old macbook to its factory settings after having bought this one, just feeling how clunky it was, how LOUD it was (I never even realized how loud the fan was until I got my Retina MBP and used it intensely and heard almost nothing), how HOT it was, how SMALL it was, made me realize this was such a good purchase.
I was worried about it being 15 inches, I really wanted to wait for the 13 inch because I use my laptop for school (as well as web design), but after using this Retina MBP, I LOVE the size. The screen is perrrrrrfect.
I just can NOT believe how quiet it is, and how it barely gets hot. Right now I'm running Photoshop CS6, Dreamweaver CS6, Safari, Firefox, Mail, Skype, I barely hear a sound and it's "warm" at BEST.
SO IF YOU'RE THINKING OF MAKING THE SWITCH...... DO IT!!!!!!!! This computer is just SUCH a pleasure to work with, I can't believe it.
I'll likely pickup a second generation 13-inch Retina... Worked on a number of 15-inch Retinas now and I think they are very nice!!
__________________ Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT) / Support Professional (ACSP) MacBook Air (13-inch, Mid 2012) 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Storage Mac mini (Late 2012) 16GB RAM, Fusion Drive (128GB SSD/750GB 7200RPM) iPad mini 16GB, iPhone 4S 16GB
Not planning to pick up the Retina MBP, but I checked it out in the temporary Apple Store at Sherway. The screen is amazing! Everything was so crisp and looked great overall. I hope a 13" Retina MBP will be a bit lighter and cheaper!