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13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display review
7 January 2014
Summary: A review of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display so closely following a review of the 15-inch model has many layers. In isolation, the 13-inch Pro is just a smaller version of its well-regarded bigger brother, and so it’s easy to set expectations. But more broadly, the new 13-inch Pro is much more than that: it’s a logical endpoint for a number of Apple and tech industry trend lines and the start of a new wave altogether.
Pros: Stunning display, Solid battery life, Impressive size and weight
Cons: Strained performance, Smaller usable screen area than MacBook Air at Retina setting, Only 128GB of storage
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. As always, power users will want to look to its bigger sibling, but for most of us, the best midrange notebook around just got a bit better.
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.
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.
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. Do the changes really warrant the lofty starting price of 1750 Euros (~$2275)?
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, A third USB port, a way to quickly clean the system fans, additional BTO options, and a battery that is not glued into the chassis.
Conclusion: Undeniably, the 13" MacBook Pro with Retina display is a show-stopper when it comes to display quality, materials, design and fit and finish. The question is, in a worldwide depression, are these enough to sell a laptop that starts at $1,700 $1,500? I have a feeling that Apple doesn't expect this notebook to be a huge volume product like their bestselling standard 13" MacBook Pro that happens to also be their most affordable notebook.
Pros: Phenomenal display, luxury design and materials, very portable.
Excerpt: You may not know it to look at them, but the latest 13in MacBook Pro with Retina display models are thinner and lighter than the Retina systems they replace. Lighter is always better in a portable – but factor in the new MacBook Pro ’s increased battery life and the faster integrated graphics, and you have a laptop you can love.
Pros: Much improved battery life; faster integrated graphics, Faster integrated graphics; much improved battery life
Cons: RAM not user upgradeable; skimps on RAM, flash capacity, RAM not user upgradable
MacBook Pro 15-inch and 13-inch non-Retina models (mid 2012)
2 February 2013
Conclusion: The traditional MacBook Pros hold fast to their unibody form factor and design, upgradability and price and target the mid-market of non-creative professionals that seeks to balance features with affordability. The new MacBook Pros are not flashy like the new Retina MacBook Pros, but they offer advantages in price and the flexibility to get into the system and tailor it to your needs after purchase.
Pros: RAM and Hard Drives are upgradeable; faster processing; best battery life of the mid-2012 MacBook Pros, RAM and Hard Drives are upgradeable; fast processing with i7, Gloss, anti-glare display options; RAM and Hard Drives are upgradeable; fast processing with i7
Cons: Inferior speakers; bested by 2.9GHz 13-inch version in almost every benchmark, Inferior speakers; worst battery life of the mid-2012 MacBook Pros, Heavy