Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review (2012)

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Software & Support
      • 10
      • Upgrade Capabilities
      • 3
      • Usability
      • 9
      • Design
      • 10
      • Performance
      • 6
      • Features
      • 8
      • Price/Value Rating
      • 7
      • Total Score:
      • 7.57
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • Screen, screen, screen!
    • Thin
    • Strong performance
    • Excellent speakers
  • Cons

    • Very expensive for performance level
    • Increased costs for repair and battery replacement
    • Few applications ready for Retina at this time
    • Performance issues with some browsing

Quick Take

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a bit of the past and a bit of the future, wrapped up into one tasty, toasty present. Brilliant screen meets refined design.

\"AppleThe Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (rMBP) offers an amazing visual experience with its unibody aluminum construction and beautiful retina display.

Apple began the trend of doubling up on its visual resolution back in 2010 with the iPhone4, continued it with iPad 3, and looks to further continue the tradition here. Previously the 15-inch MacBook Pro shipped with a standard resolution of 1440×900, now the new MacBook Pro uses a 2880×1800, which equates to more than 5 Megapixel image, 221 pixels per inch (ppi). Let us not forget the Retina display, which boasts some of the highest quality images bar none.

The new MacBook Pro not only offers amazing visuals, it does so in an exceptionally small package. Similar to its predecessor the new notebook has the same smooth aluminum finish, though this device is a quarter of an inch thinner, coming in at 0.71-inches (only three hundredths of an inch thicker than the MacBook Air line).

Good things do indeed come in small packages as the rMBP features Intel\’s latest Ivy Bridge quad-core CPUs, an NVDIA GeForce GT 650M, 8GB of DDR3L SDRAM, and a 256GB SSD. This new 15-inch MacBook even manages to best the old high-end 17-inch MacBook Pro. Users can also expect high quality sound thanks to the new re-engineered speakers on the MacBook Pro.

Certainly the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is an impressive device, but that does not mean that it is without faults. Apple made a number of concessions with this machine, such as soldering the RAM to the computer. Additionally the machine only offers 256GB of storage; since upgrades must be purchased directly from Apple at the time of purchase, making it quite expensive to get additional space. Similarly, there are no FireWire or Gigabit Ethernet ports meaning that users will have to buy anĀ adapter
for those as well if they wish to have the same functionality of older machines. Finally there is the unspoken rule that you do not buy an Apple first-generation product, which seems to have remained true as there already rumors of problems cropping up.

However, even with regarding all of this it\’s still hard to discredit this machine. Offering such great performance in a small package, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the new future of notebook displays that all other machines will be held to.


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