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 connectivity. We can dream, but this Retina MacBook Pro works like a dream already.
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.
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. As a mix of portability and luxury, the Retina 13 is hard to top among light laptops.
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
Review Apple MacBook Pro 13 Retina 2.5 GHz Late 2012
28 November 2012
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Retina is a logical addition to the Apple portfolio. The new member is a lot lighter than the regular Pro and more portable than the larger MacBook Pro 15 Retina . Visually the two systems appear identical - save for the different dimensions. Port selection and input devices are carried over without a change - we would have liked to see a third USB 3.0 port.
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 systems, The high mobility factor due to good battery life, low weight, and slim chassis. The high resolution Retina display and the multimedia performance are also impressive.
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
MacBook Pro with Retina Display — there is no equal
25 November 2012
Excerpt: Humankind is governed by fear. The fear of the unknown is the most prevalent. It’s this sticky enigma of hope and desire that separates PC and Mac owners. For decades now, the war between Apple and everyone else has raged on and the losers were always the PC crowd, we just didn’t know it yet. Clarification: I didn’t know it yet.
Review: Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
23 November 2012
Excerpt: The new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display brings Apple's much-heralded high-resolution screen to its most popular notebook model. It's a beautiful, powerful machine, but does it justify its $500 premium over the price of the legacy 13-inch MacBook Pro?
Pros: Thin unibody design, Retina display is gorgeous, Strong battery life, fast flash-based performance, Plethora of ports, including two Thunderbolts and HDMI
Cons: Price, Does not have a dedicated GPU, Can't add more than 8GB of RAM or quad-core CPU
Summary: In terms of actual performance, the Intel i5 processor isn't as fast as the quad-core i7 I'm used to - which is obvious, but it was interesting to see the difference. Encoding a two-and-a-half hour video took an hour longer than on my own laptop. So while the 13in Retina MacBook is not the fastest laptop you can buy from Apple, it more than holds its own in everyday tasks.
And that's the tradeoff, really.
Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)
The Boy Genius Report
16 November 2012
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. Released last month alongside the iPad Air and revised iPad mini with Retina display , the Haswell-infused 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been my sole computer for the past four weeks.
MacBook Pro with Retina display review (13-inch, late 2012)
29 October 2012
Summary: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, the one we really wanted to see earlier this year when the 15-incher was unveiled, is finally here. But, it isn't quite the perfect blend of Pro performance and Air panache we'd hoped for. That it's actually thicker than its big brother, the 15-incher, is a bit of a bummer but, with its weight falling closer to Air territory than the Pro, the decision between the two models will be a tough one for frequent travelers who need a...
Pros: Thinner and lighter than the other 13-inch Pro, Near-comprehensive selection of ports, Great I/O performance
Cons: Thicker than 15-inch Retina Pro, No discrete graphics, Price
Summary: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a lot like the iPhone 5. Apple took a winning formula and perfected it by making it thinner, lighter and faster. But in this case the display isn't bigger. It's a quantum leap better than the regular MacBook Pro and other ultaportable notebooks. Are all of these improvements worth $500 more? We say yes. Getting this much visual detail and responsiveness in something you can take anywhere has absolutely spoiled us.
Pros: Superb Retina display, Excellent overall performance, High-quality speakers, Comfortable keyboard and touchpad, Long battery life
Cons: Pricier than most ultraportables, Integrated graphics