Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 13"
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29 August 2014
Conclusion: Indeed, the Retina Pro dazzles among ultraportable laptops. Between its aluminum case and stunning screen, you'd be hard pressed to find a sleeker, sturdier, and better-looking laptop, and its keyboard and touch pad remain the best in the business. Giving it a strong recommendation is an easy decision.
Excerpt: The latest 13-inch Retina Apple MacBook Pro gives you top-notch performance and more than 13 hours of battery life in a beautifully designed laptop. It's our top pick for high-end ultraportables.
Excerpt: Few laptops combine beautiful hardware, an easy to use operating system, and feature-rich bundled software that all works together as well as Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. Add awesome performance and great battery life, and you get the best 13-inch laptop available.
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.
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.
Here's to the middle ground. The commonalities. The compromises.
30 October 2013
Summary: In 2008, the $1,299 13-inch MacBook was the de facto Apple laptop. The Air was $1,800 and totally unreasonable for most people, and the 15-inch Pro was big and bulky and designed only for power users. The 13-inch model wasn't the cheapest computer, or the most powerful, or the longest-lasting, but it did everything well.
Pros: Gorgeous screen, Excellent battery life, Thinner and lighter than ever
Cons: Relatively small usable screen real estate, Poor speakers, Definite graphics restraints
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (2013) Review
28 October 2013
Summary: Apple's dominance is almost getting boring. The refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display once again keeps it one step ahead of other ultraportable notebooks. Not only does this machine offer one of the best displays and better performance, but its battery life is also the best in its price range.
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: I spent the entire time I was reviewing the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display thinking about the MacBook Air. Not the current Air, which has become the best overall laptop on the market, but the very first Air — the one from 2008 that was ridiculously underpowered, featured terrible integrated Intel graphics, had just 2GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive, and cost an absurd $1,799.
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