Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-) / ME665
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1 November 2013
Excerpt: When Apple debuted the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display last summer , we could barely believe our eyes. It was the first time a display with such a high pixel density made its way onto a consumer notebook. It wasn’t just empty eye candy either. The notebook as a whole was a stellar piece of engineering: In addition to its rich 2880×1800 pixel display, it also included a powerful quad-core i7 processor and four-plus hour battery life under duress.
Pros: Extremely sharp 2560×1600 resolution display (2880×1800, for the 15-inch model) is pure eye candy. Excellent springy keyboard and trackpad. Super snappy, powerful processor, with integrated graphics. Nearly all-day battery performance.
Cons: Price — upgrades, add-ons, and accessories can still up the base cost by nearly $1,000. Sealed unibody design is virtually impossible to upgrade yourself once you’ve purchased the device.
Conclusion: So yes, the 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display isn't a must-buy if you own last year's model. But it's still the best all-around laptop we've ever tested. And if you're anxious for something truly new and innovative from Apple, you still have December's tiny but powerful Mac Pro desktop to look forward to.
Pros: Stellar battery life for a system this size, Speedy CPU and SSD performance, World-class screen and keyboard, Lower starting price than last year's model
Cons: Same weight and thickness as last year's model, Faster Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi won't benefit most users, Would-be full-resolution gamers may have to step up to the pricier $2,599 config
video 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro review: A tale of two laptops
31 October 2013
Summary: The $2599 Retina MacBook Pro epitomizes the idea of a pro laptop, combining top performance and excellent battery life. While the $1999 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro offers a nice boost in battery life and fast flash storage, its lack of a discrete graphics processor prevents it from being all that it can be.
Pros: Better battery life, Faster flash storage, Equipped with both integrated and discrete graphics, Faster flash storage, Better battery life
Review: Upgrades make Retina MacBook Pro a better bargain
21 February 2013
Conclusion: The new Retina MacBook Pros represent a subtle refresh to the line of beautiful, ultra-high-resolution portables introduced last year. The price reductions for the 13-inch models make them a better bargain than before, while the 16GB of RAM in the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro might help take the sting out of the $2799 price tag. James is the director of Macworld Lab.
Pros: Reduced screen glare, Top-notch performance, Slim and lightweight, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity, Stunning Retina display, Dazzling Retina display, Reduced screen glare USB 3.0 support HDMI connectivity, USB 3.0 support HDMI connectivity, Drastic price reduction, faster processor over predecessor, Reduced screen glare, Top-notch performance, Slim and lightweight, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity, Stunning Retina display
Cons: 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, Memory and storage not user upgradeable, Limited to 8GB of memory, Users will need to adjust for missing features, 1920-by-1200 creates small UI elements, Memory and storage not user upgradeable
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.
Pros: Best display we've ever seen on a laptop. Two Thunderbolt ports. HDMI and USB 3. Speedy. Thin. Light. Quiet.
Cons: Apps not updated for Retina display can appear blurry. RAM, hard drive, and battery not user-upgradeable. FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet require $29 adapters. The $9.99 MagSafe-to-MagSafe 2 adapter should have been included for free.
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: When Apple introduced the MacBook Air in 2008, it shook up the entire PC industry. In just a few years, “the world’s thinnest notebook” evolved from a super-slim novelty into a viable computing solution , sending other manufacturers on a mad rush to issue their own supremely portable ultrabooks. We’re now surrounded by a bunch of PC notebooks that looks remarkably similar to Apple’s Air.
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