Macbook Pro With 13in Retina Display Review (Part 3)

6/19/2013 9:02:38 AM

Specs options

There’re 2 specs options for Retina Pro 13in, starting with Intel Core i5 2.5GHz, 8GB of DDR3 RAM. That model’s starting cost is $1,699 and you will have a flash-based storage which can be upgraded to 256GB, 512GB or 768GB – if your budget is large. It requires $300 for 256GB, $800 for 512GB and $1,300 for 768GB. Despite the high price, they are at least cheaper than adding similar SSD capacity to the 13in Pro model without any Retina display.

Other standard specs differs from hard drive’s capacity: $1,999 for 256GB. Hence, while Pro with 13in Retina display is much cheaper than 15in model, it is more expensive than non-Retina Pro 13in. Both cost $1,999.


As usual for Apple’s products, 13in Retina MacBook Pro’s direct rivals come from its own family. We start with the basic model – 13in Retina MacBook whose price is cheaper than that of a similarly equipped product. That’s a considerably economical, bringing you 2/10 of the thickness, 1 pound weight and of course, a less beautiful screen. As mentioned above, regarding performance, the two products are nearly identical.

Of course, you have MacBook Air 13in. We think this is an appealing option as it is also cheaper, lighter and quite fast. Actually, the general port selection brings Pro out (though there’s no Ethernet), plus pixel-rich display. The decision made between these two devices must be seriously taken into account. Most powerful factors are mobility and budget.

MacBook Air 13in

MacBook Air 13in

Finally, from Apple’s view, you can’t eliminate Retina Pro 15in. If you are considering this 1,999 dollar model here with 256GB flash storage, you are far from 15in model by 256GB capacity and faster processor with $200. But the additional cost comes with 1 extra pound, not everyone’s favor.

From PC’s view, options are a lot and seductive. Our recent favorite 13in model is Samsung Series 9 featuring a low-resolution display (1600x900), detachable track pad plus higher I/O performance (12-second booting, 500MBps write speed for SSD) and 7h runtime. It is also slimmer (0.5in) and lighter (2.25pound) plus cheaper ($1.250) yet its CPU performance is just on par with Air rather than this Pro model.

13in Retina MacBook Pro’s direct rivals come from its own family

13in Retina MacBook Pro’s direct rivals come from its own family

There’s HP Envy 14 Sphere. It is quite thicker and heavier than Pro. There’re lower CPU options offering 1,600x900 resolution but connectivity is the same (featuring Ethernet) and you can buy SSD integrated model for $1,699. It is glass-coated and this should be counted.


MacBook Pro with 13in Retina display, which we really wanted to see in the year’s beginning after when 15in model was released, is finally here. But it is not a perfect combination between Pro’s performance and Air’s style that we have hoped for. It’s being thicker than the bigger brother (15in model) is annoying but its lightweight state, the decision made by those needing a little more power must be difficult.

However, it is a hard decision as there’re many excellent options, plus this is good. MacBook Pro with 13in Retina is perfectly designed and manufactured, because of which, its price is higher than a few models in family. The price may be challenging for those having a tight budget but for well-off ones, that’s not a problem.


·         RRP: $1,699


·         Slimmer and lighter than other Pro 13in models

·         Nearly comprehensive connectivity

·         Great I/O performance


·         Thicker than Retina Pro 15in

·         No discrete GPU

·         High price

Key point

·         Apple’s new MacBook with 3in Retina display goes beyond the border of Air and Pro effectively, yet with a high price.


Apple’s new MacBook with 3in Retina display

Apple’s new MacBook with 3in Retina display


·         Mac OS X v10.5.7 (9J3032)

·         Intel Core 2 Duo P8400 2.26GHz (3MB L2 cache, 1066MHz frontside bus)

·         2GB 1067MHz DDR3 SDRAM

·         160GB 5400rpm SATA hard disk drive

·         13.3" glossy widescreen TFT LED backlit display (1280 x 800)

·         NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics (256MB of DDR3 shared memory)

·         8x slot-loading SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

·         iSight webcam

·         AirPort Extreme Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n)

·         Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR (Enhanced Data Rate)

·         Mini DisplayPort, Ethernet, two USB 2.0 ports (480Mbps), FireWire 800, Audio out and microphone in, SD-Card reader

·         Dimensions : 0.95x12.78x8.94" (H x W x D)

·         Weight: 4.51 pounds

·         Integrated 58-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery

·         60W MagSafe power adapter with cable management system




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