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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2013)
28 November 2013
Conclusion: The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2013) uses Intel's Haswell-based Core i5 processor to give power users a system that can last over 11 hours under continuous use and still process graphics and scientific tasks quickly. It's $500 less expensive than last year's model, yet more than earns its title as our latest Editors' Choice for high-end ultraportable laptops.
Pros: Brilliant Retina display. Over 11 hours of battery life. Comes with iLife and iWork software suites. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports. HDMI. Higher than 1080p HD screen.
Cons: Glossy screen. Ethernet requires adapter. Only upgradeable at time of order.
Summary: According to CNET, it's now "pretty close to what competitors charge for thin 13-inch laptops with super-high-res screens." That holds true for the step-up version, as Macworld says that "the high-end model's higher price seems to be justified by its faster CPU, standard 8 GB of RAM and 512 GB of superfast flash." If the extra weight of the 13-inch MacBook Pro is too much, the 13-inch MacBook Air is cheaper and a decent performer.
Pros: Glorious Retina display, Powerful performance, Ultrabook-thin and light, New lower price
Review Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 Late 2013 Notebook
5 November 2013
Summary: Thank you Haswell. Intel's latest processor generation is finally available in Apple's Retina MacBooks and results in significantly improved battery runtimes. Our in-depth review determines the performance of the new components.
Pros: Very quiet, Long battery runtimes, Excellent unibody chassis, High-resolution IPS display with excellent OS support, Great input devices, Apple sets the benchmark in its class once again.
Cons: Virtually no upgradeability, Difficult to maintain and to repair because of pentalobe screws, Glossy display, Only 12 months warranty and expensive upgrade to three years, A matte display - at least as an option.
MacBook Pro with Retina display review (13-inch, 2013)
29 October 2013
Summary: On paper, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display looks like a marginal upgrade: a CPU refresh with some slight changes to the weight and dimensions. But thanks to a lower starting price, faster SSD speeds and a big leap in battery life, it's actually a much, much better deal than it was a year ago.
Pros: New, lower price, Gorgeous display, Thinner and lighter than before, Long battery life, Good graphics, improved SSD speeds
Cons: No discrete GPU option on the 13-inch model, Fans can get loud
Conclusion: The MacBook Pro 13 banishes any questions about its place as king of the ultraportable market. While there are some ultrabooks which match its display, battery life or performance, there are none that can do all three, and those that try (such as Dell’s XPS 13 with 1080p display) are actually more expensive. In fact, the price drop is the standout feature of the new Pro. $1,299 is still a lot of money, but it’s slightly below the competition’s average MSRP.
Pros: Excellent build quality, Very thin and light, Great keyboard and touchpad, Retina display is beautiful, Outstanding battery life, Strong performance in all areas, Runs quietly, Good value
Cons: Design remains unchanged, Retina display crushes black detail
Summary: The 13-inch MacBook Pro boasts a superb high-resolution display and a slimmer, lighter physical design than its predecessor. Sadly, its average performance doesn't justify the astonishingly high price.
Cons: Ludicrously expensive; performance is only average; no Ethernet port; no option to upgrade RAM.
Apple MacBook Pro 13: Can a Mac Be a Decent Windows Laptop?
14 October 2010
Conclusion: Apple products tend to be tough to give a conclusion on. There’s the style factor, the (lack of) value factor, the fanboy factor, the OS X factor (for Macs), etc. Macs are divisive products—the people who use them love them, but for every person that loves a Mac there’s two more that wish all things Apple would burn in hell.
Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro (Early 2010) Reviewed: Shaking the CPU/GPU Balance
9 June 2010
Conclusion: The 13-inch MacBook Pro continues to be portable Mac of choice for most users. You get a decent performance over the MacBook Air while maintaining a good degree of portability and battery life. It doesn't hurt that it's also by far the most affordable in the Pro lineup. Apple also keeps delivering with its honest battery life claims. I measured between 3.5 and 9.75 hours of battery life on the new 13-inch MacBook Pro depending on workload.
Summary: It’s all about the pixels at the moment. We were suitably wowed by the 13-inch MacBook Pro when we saw it last year - primarily because it had over four million tiny pixels packed into its screen. But that sheer number of pixels resulted in the odd performance blemish, such as battery life and performance. Can the product refresh fix those wee issues?
Pros: Retina screen is still top of its class, Well-integrated hardware improvements, Solid battery life
Summary: The 2013 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro has a super, pixel-packed screen, looks great, has good battery life and gives you a healthy boost of power over the MacBook Air, without bulging out your backpack too much. It'll set you back a pretty penny though.
Pros: Beautiful, high-definition display; Good battery life; Plenty of power; Solid, attractive design.