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Apple MacBook Pro 13" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-) / ME662 / MD212 / MD213 / ME865 / ME864 / ME866
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Apple MacBook Pro 13" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-) / ME662 / MD212 / MD213 / ME865 / ME864 / ME866

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MacBook Pro Retina Review: 6 Months In

22 April 2014
  • Excerpt: The latest MacBook Pro with Retina display has officially been out on the market for six months, and several of us on the Gotta Be Mobile team have been using the 13-inch model every day since the refresh back in October and we initially reviewed it late last year. It’s certainly one of the best […]
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Overall 8

MacBook Pro with 13" Retina Display (Late 2013) Review

3 January 2014
  • Conclusion: This ever-so-slimmer, ever-so-lighter take on a design introduced last year still packs a punch — and a longer-lasting one at that, with some green in the form of money saved to boot.
  • Pros: Slimmer and lighter than last year’s model. Battery lasts more than nine hours under normal use. SSD speeds soar thanks to new PCIe interface.
  • Cons: Not substantially faster than previous model. Intel Iris gaming performance is still midrange.
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13-inch MacBook Pro Retina Review (Late 2013)

3 December 2013
  • Excerpt: The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is the best Mac computer for professionals that need a great mix of portability and power. While it cannot compete with the stationary Mac Pro or the dedicated GPU of the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in terms of raw power, it is nearly as portable as the...
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How to choose: 13-inch MacBook Air vs. 13-inch retina MacBook Pro

Ars Technica
11 November 2013
  • Conclusion: Even for buyers who are deciding between the base high-end model of the MacBook Air and the base lowest-end MacBook Pro, the Pro remains a compelling choice despite its rather large price difference.
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Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)

The Boy Genius Report
11 February 2013
  • Excerpt: It happened: the MacBook Air has officially been trumped as my recommended road warrior machine. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s another Apple product that’s doing the trumping.
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Overall 10

Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display

7 February 2013
  • Summary: What could be the best laptop ever just became truly portable. Expect hi-res-tops galore in 2013.
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13-inch Retina MacBook Pro Review (Late 2012)

4 February 2013
  • Conclusion: When I reviewed it, I really liked the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro. It's very fast, amazingly portable given its size and has a wonderful display. Its 13-inch counterpart, takes the portability to a completely different level.
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Overall 8

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

26 December 2012
  • Conclusion: You can shave nearly a pound of weight and save $500 by choosing this over the 15-inch Retina MBP. The only reasons not to are if you edit huge video files frequently, or you want to wait to see what Apple’s got coming next — say, quad-core chips, next-gen Wi-Fi, a higher RAM limit, maybe even 4G...
  • Pros: Amazing display. Thin and light, only about half a pound heavier than MacBook Air. Flash memory is super fast. $500 cheaper than 15-inch version. Many more apps are Retina-enhanced than when the 15-inch model first came out.
  • Cons: Can’t upgrade RAM at all. Can’t upgrade storage after initial purchase. No quad-core option or discrete graphics card. Apps not updated for Retina display are unbearably blurry.
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Overall 9

Expert Review

3 December 2012
  • Conclusion: Still, let it be said: We're jealous of anyone who buys either of the Retina-equipped MacBook Pro models. These prime MacBooks simply exude quality, craftsmanship, and concern for the user, from the bundled software to the feel of the lid latch and hinges.
  • Pros: Stunning super-high-res screen, First-class construction and software experience, Great battery life
  • Cons: Expensive, especially compared to 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, Integrated graphics
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Overall 8
Performance 9
Sound 9
Battery performance 9
Display 9
Weight 8
Noise 9
Gaming performance 8
Connectivity 7
Keyboard 9
Temperature 9

Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2.5 GHz Late 2012

30 November 2012
  • Summary: Hot stuff. The Apple MacBook Pro 13 is now available with a high-resolution IPS display, a slimmer chassis, and new ports. The newcomer demands a price premium of 500 Euros (~$650) above the cost of the time-tested standard model.
  • Pros: Slimmer chassis with lower weight, Build quality, fit and feel, overall sturdyness, HDMI and USB 3.0 are on board, Very good input devices, keyboard backlight, High resolution IPS display with 227 DPI, Convincing performance, Speakers sound very good, Battery life (Mac OS X) on par with other sys...
  • Cons: Port selection somewhat limited, No dongles included, System is not expandable, Warranty is only 12 months, Not many BTO options, Display brightness fluctuates; bleeding is an issue, A third USB port, a way to quickly clean the system fans, additional BTO options, and a battery that is not glued ...
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