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Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch, Retina Display (2014)
7 August 2014
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.
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.
13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display reviewed: Better (and thicker) than Air
29 October 2013
Summary: There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.
Pros: The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has phenomenal battery life, better-than-average integrated graphics, faster Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower price than last year.
Cons: Still expensive if you plan to add more storage or RAM; no extra Nvidia graphics option as on the 15-inch version; yes, it’s thicker and heavier than an Air.
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
Is the 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display worth it?
24 October 2012
Summary: While the Retina MacBook Pro is easily the most desirable 13-inch Mac laptop to date, the high price and lack of discrete graphics make it a tough call versus either the more powerful 15-inch Retina Pro or the more affordable 13-inch Air.
Pros: The new 13-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display adds a screen that's nearly as high-res as the 15-inch version, making for incredibly crisp text and images. The slimmer body feels much more modern, and the excellent keyboard and trackpad remain.
Cons: Considering that this looks and feels a lot like the 13-inch MacBook Air, you may be in for a bit of sticker shock, especially as the base model only includes 128GB of SSD storage.
Summary: The Late 2011 model replaces the earlier MacBook Pro 13-inch for the same price of Rs.84,900, while the ‘cheaper’ one with a 2.4GHz Core i5 CPU retails for Rs.69,900. Considering a little more money can fetch your the 15-inch model that’s also a lot more powerful, the 13-inch feels quite expensive. The few things it has going for it over its elder siblings is the better battery life and the fact that it’s more portable. Mind you, it’s still quite a heavy little fellow.
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.