Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-)
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Review: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
1 November 2013
Excerpt: But that was 2012. Apple debuted a 13-inch model earlier this year, and now it’s on to generation two for both sizes. It’s clear Apple has firmly got the hang of the Retina display notebook game.
Pros: Extremely sharp 2560x1600 resolution display (2880x1800, 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.
Excerpt: Apple�s coveted Retina display has finally found its way to a full-size notebook courtesy of the latest MacBook Pro. But anyone familiar with this new system knows that Apple didn�t simply add a higher resolution display to the standard MacBook Pro frame.
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...
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
Summary: Is this MacBook a good value? While you can pick up a non-Retina Display 15-inch Pro with the same processor, RAM and graphics for $300 less, you don't get the benefits of flash memory, and it's more than a pound heavier. Yes, you could add a 256GB SSD, but that's $500 by itself.
Conclusion: A Pro workstation that weighs 4.5 lbs. and has a display like none other? Check. A laptop that walks circles around the 13" MacBook Air (also refreshed with third generation Intel processors)? Check. A more portable 15" MacBook Pro. Check.
Conclusion: With the Retina MacBook Pro, Apple once again proves it is a company that refuses to sit still and get comfortable. It redefined the ultraportable laptop with the MacBook Air and has now altered the concept of the “pro” laptop.
Pros: Retina Display; speed; slim; flash storage
Cons: No ethernet, FireWire 800 ports; No ExpressCard slot; power hungry