Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (13-inch)

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A review of the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display so closely following a review of the 15-inch model has many layers. In isolation, the 13-inch Pro is just a smaller version of its well-regarded bigger brother, and so it’s easy to set expectations. But more broadly, the new 13-inch Pro is much more than that: it’s a logical endpoint for a number of Apple and tech industry trend lines and the start of a new wave altogether. It’s a mainstream laptop that uses all the...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Thickness .75 inches
Weight 3.57 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
The Verge Battery Test 6 hours and 18 minutes

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Width 12.35 inches
Depth 8.62 inches
Thickness .75 inches
Weight 3.57 pounds
Color Silver / Black

Software

Operating system Mac OS X

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 13.3 inches
Display surface Glossy
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 2560 px
Resolution (Y) 1600 px
PPI 227

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i5
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.5 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.1 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7
Cores 2
Clockspeed 2.9 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.1 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Integrated
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000

Memory

Base RAM size 8 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz

Storage

Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 128 GB
Max. config SSD 768 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 3.0 2
Thunderbolt 2
HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Battery

Size 74 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Ion (Li-Ion)
Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr

Benchmarks

The Verge Battery Test 6 hours and 18 minutes

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  • Battery life 8
  • Software 10

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    Reviewed by ShallNeverSleep (Currently owns)

    I bought the late-2012 Macbook Pro Retina for $1200 with a 3rd generation 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8 GB of ram, and 265 GB of space for $1200. While the laptop is great, for $1,699 it's extremely overpriced so getting a discounted price is really worthwhile. I did have some performance and heat/noise issue especially when I was doing heavy video editing. I usually use Photoshop for photo editing and found that while performance was well, my battery dropped to as little as 4 hours or so and there was definitely noticeable heat issues and an occasional whirring sound can be heard. However, I don;t have that many regrets. For $1200, it's a great laptop and considering it was the first laptop of its kind with its amazing screen, I think Apple did a pretty good jobs even if it could improve on some aspects. Personally, I am going to be selling this soon and getting the second-generation 13" Retina Pro. Although, this is something I would recommend to someone who does mainly photo editing and the occasional video editing. I also found that this laptop could handle 25-30 tabs in Chrome easily. If you want a retina quality screen and don't mind a less-than-ideal battery life and some heat/noise issue check out a third-party site to get this laptop because their pricing is probably a lot better and appropriate considering its issues. In short, I'd recommend but it all depend on how you use it. If you need an all-day battery life or intense editing or gaming, get the 15" Retina or something else.

    *Edit: To expand your usable screen, just go to Settings or get a plugin and SwitchResX and increase the screen resolution. The default usable screen space is a disappointment but you can easily change it it. Fortunately (and contrary to Apple's warning) the battery life doesn't seem to be affected by a screen resolution change.

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    Reviewed by Matthew Chang (Currently owns)

    Great Buy! Everything about it is SUPERB! This blasts the Chromebook Pixel out of the competition! Everybody should buy this. Wow...I don't know what to say...It's so cool! The trackpad and keyboard are super smooth, there is minimal heat and noise. The display is super bright; 500 nits when I measured it! On my tests, I got an AVERAGE of 14 hours if usage, full brightness and noise. Also, the speakers are the best I've heard on a laptop. They easily beat my BOSE Soundlink and my iMac! OSX Mavericks totally improves it. Also, the all-aluminum enclosure makes a great feel in the hand or lap.

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    Reviewed by SignorRossi (Currently owns)

    After reading the review I was kinda scared of buying a MacBook Pro 13" as a successor to my mid 2011 MacBook Air. I have to say that I agree with the review in terms of usable screen real estate, but I am more than happy with the performance, compared to the MacBook Air. I will eventually switch to the 15" model when I go to university.

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