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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 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.
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
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.
Conclusion: Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display is a worthy smaller sibling to the earlier 15-inch version, bringing the MacBook Pro and Air lines closer together than ever with its gorgeous, sleek chassis. It’s beautifully crafted, offers great ergonomics, and its ‘Retina’ screen is simply superb. Even connectivity is superior to that offered by most ultraportable laptops.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (2012, 13.3-inch)
5 December 2012
Summary: There's absolutely no doubt that the MacBook Pro Retina 13 has a beautiful display. Some will be phased by the weight and go for the MacBook Air, others will deem it to be worth it. We just wish it came with discrete graphics.
Pros: Great screen, Apple's usual excellent keyboard and trackpad, Dual thunderbolt and USB 3.0 gives decent port flexibility, Good battery life, HDMI
Cons: The base near the monitor gets quite hot during heavy tasks, Still waiting for everything to be high DPI compatible, Weight will make some consider the Air instead
Excerpt: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display is part of the Cupertino brand's strong 2012 line-up, launching alongside the iPad Mini and iPad 4 and following not far behind the recent unveiling of the iPhone 5 and iPod Touch 5th Generation .