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
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.
Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display review
23 October 2014
Excerpt: Just like Apple’s new iMacs , both versions of the MacBook Pro have now been updated to include Intel’s brand new Haswell CPUs. It’s still the same great MacBook Pro we know and love, but now it’s more powerful than ever before. Despite this, Apple has barely increased the price, as the version we’ve reviewed starts at just £50 more than last year’s equivalent model.
MacBook Pro Retina review (13in, 2.6GHz, late 2013)
2 November 2013
Excerpt: When portability is more important than ultimate performance, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is the tool for the job. At less than 1.6 kg we’re in true ultraportable territory, except unlike the majority of Windows Ultrabooks, build quality, performance and battery life are all first-class.
Haswell chips and Mavericks increase battery life, faster 11ac Wi-Fi, same great Retina display
Memory still soldered, upgrades overpriced, still no >HD output from HDMI
Conclusion: Who is the 13in Retina MacBook Pro for? It’s ideal for professional users who want a large, yet compact digital workspace that doesn’t sacrifice a lot of processing performance. The MacBook Air is still the choice for users for whom weight is a top priority—traveling business users or students who need to write papers in-between treks across campus.
Summary: The 15in MacBook Pro with Retina Display won us over with its awesome power, beautiful body and hi-res screen. The only hitch? Its wallet-shattering price. So say hello to the new 13in MacBook Pro with Retina Display. It’s more affordable, portable... and may just be one our favourite laptops ever.
Pros: Crystal clear, accurate display, Even more handsome
Excerpt: When Apple released the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro , it was only a matter of time before the Retina display made its way to other Apple laptops. That time is now, and with the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display , a compelling argument can be made that Apple’s newest laptop is a perfect combination of performance, portability, and features.
Dazzling Retina display, Smallest pro laptop gets even smaller, Reduced screen glare, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity
Users will need to adjust for missing features, Memory and storage not user upgradeable, Limited to 8GB of memory
Summary: Retina display is the main draw for the Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display, although few notebooks could compete even if Apple hadn't put a country light year between its laptop and the complacent competition with a class-defining display.