Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (late 2012)

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83

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MacBook Pro with Retina display review (13-inch, late 2012)

Summary

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook with a Retina display effectively crosses the divide between Air and Pro, but at a premium cost.

from $1500+
Pros
  • Thinner and lighter than the other 13-inch Pro
  • Near-comprehensive selection of ports
  • Great I/O performance
Cons
  • Thicker than 15-inch Retina Pro
  • No discrete graphics
  • Price
MacBook Pro with Retina display review (13-inch, late 2012)

Look down the aisles at any Apple launch event, across the laps of dozens of journalists liveblogging or in some other way documenting the goings-on, and it's inevitable that you'll see MacBooks. A lot of MacBooks. And, since many of those laps are irrevocably linked to owners who spend their days jetting around the globe to other companies' events, those laptops are quite often the travel-friendly MacBook Air. So, while we were excited to see a thinner, lighter 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display unveiled earlier this year, many of us were left asking one question: "Where's the 13-inch version?" Now, a little over four months later, here it is. Why the wait from one to the next? That's for Apple to know and us to speculate about (supply chain concerns? engineering issues?), but the important thing is that it's available now and it is, in many ways, an uncompromised, slightly smaller rendition of the 15-inch version that came before. It's thinner and it's lighter than the current 13-inch Pro but promises better internals and the same battery life as the 13-inch Air. Perfect portions of portability and performance? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

83
 

Breakdown

Design and form factor
8.6
Expandability
6.3
Speed and features
7.8
Durability
9.0
Display
9.3
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Specs

MacBook Pro

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.5 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

MacBook Pro

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.5 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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