Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-) / ME665
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15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
16 July 2013
Summary: It's been updated with the latest Intel 4th generation Core processor (Haswell), plus it's $1,100 cheaper than the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Est. $1,500 and up) has the highest-resolution screen you can get in a 13-inch laptop, but is less powerful than its 15-inch brand mate.
Pros: Stunning high-resolution Retina display, Excellent performance, Excellent battery life
Cons: No optical drive or Ethernet port, Apps not optimized for Retina look blurry, Difficult to swap parts
Conclusion: Since this system is all about the Retina display, it's worth delving into it a bit more to really understand the technology behind it, and the incredible engineering that Cupertino put into the hardware and software to make it work. Most people might assume that the screen simply operates at the advertised 2880 x 1800 resolution, but that assumption would only be partially correct.
Excerpt: After flipping the middle finger to the rest of the laptop market with the MacBook Pro Retina last summer, it was only a matter of time before Apple’s Midas touch turned to the smaller 13-inch companion. The new Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina ($1,699+) has received the same innovations: a smaller body, a retina display and enhanced internals.
The Macbook Pro with Retina Display: a superior machine for a superior price.
29 June 2012
Conclusion: The Macbook Pro with Retina Display achieved the highest performance score of any laptop we've tested thus far. With its i7 quad core processor and 8GB of RAM, its raw processing power is nearly double that of any other laptop we've reviewed. The model we tested had a 256 GB SSD. That's fairly large compared to the influx of ultrabooks, but much smaller than what previous generations of Pros carried.
Excerpt: The Good Cutting-edge connectivity Bleeding-edge display Beautiful, thin minimalist design Sturdy, seamless build quality Blend of power and mobility The Bad Virtually non upgradeable after purchase Many websites and apps are not currently optimized for the display No optical drive Adapters required for Firewire and Ethernet Price premium for privilege Apple has attempted to redefine the full power professional notebook with the next-generation MacBook Pro.
Pros: Cutting-edge connectivity, Bleeding-edge display, Beautiful, thin minimalist design, Sturdy, seamless build quality, Blend of power and mobility
Cons: Virtually non upgradeable after purchase, Many websites and apps are not currently optimized for the display, No optical drive, Adapters required for Firewire and Ethernet, Price premium for privilege
Apple’s Retina-Equipped MacBook Pro Is a Sight to Behold
19 June 2012
Excerpt: Just like when the third-generation iPad was released earlier this year, there’s a dearth of Retina-ready apps available from the App Store at the moment. This is unfortunate, but hopefully it’s only a temporary issue. For now, Apple has the basics covered: built-in standbys like Mail, Calendar, Safari, iMovie, and iTunes, as well as professional options like Aperture and Final Cut Pro.
Summary: The Macbook Pro 15 with Retina display is an excellent and expensive laptop, there’s no denying that. But it is also very unique and I’m very curious to see what the competition will come up with in the next few months, and at what price. Now the real question is: is it for you? If you’re in the camp of those who say that it is “overpriced” or “too expensive”, I would say that our benchmarks show that “overpriced” is the wrong word, but “expensive” is indeed true.
Review: MacBook Pro with Retina Display redefines the concept of a 'pro' laptop
15 June 2012
Excerpt: (3 items) Apple isn’t afraid to stir things up, making people rethink how they use technology. In recent years, most of that kind of innovation has focused on the iPhone, iPad, and iOS. But the MacBook Pro with Retina display , released at WWDC 2012 , now directs attention back to the Mac.
Pros: Stunning Retina display, Reduced screen glare, Slim and lightweight, Top-notch performance, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity, Stunning Retina display, Reduced screen glare, Slim and lightweight, Top-notch performance, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity, Runs quiet and cool, USB 3 support, Good viewing angle, Deep, clean sound, Compact unibody form factor
Cons: 1920-by-1200 creates small UI elements, Memory and storage not user upgradeable, Users will need to adjust for missing features, 1920-by-1200 creates small UI elements, Memory and storage not user upgradeable, Users will need to adjust for missing features, Thick, square base is less comfortable for typing, Heavy