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Thanks to a lower price, longer battery life and lighter design, the 13-inch Retina MBP is a better deal than it was a year ago. It's so compelling, in fact, that you might even choose it over the Air.

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8.7
11 reviews
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    8.4
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Battery life
    9.7
  • Display
    9.7
  • Durability
    9.2
  • Expandability
    6.1
  • Noise
    8.6
  • Portability (size / weight)
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9.4
36 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 29, 2013

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display stands as one of the few laptops this size that offers this sharp a screen, this kind of battery life and this caliber of graphics. And we like it even more now that we can afford it.

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9.0
Macworld Oct 30, 2013

With much-improved battery life and graphics performance, the late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display should have owners of older Mac laptops looking to upgrade.

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9.0
Wired Nov 1, 2013

The combination of a capable processor, an amazing display, a light and slender form factor, and respectable battery life, secure the MacBook Pro’s position as one of the top notebooks on the market right now.

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9.0
Laptop Magazine Oct 28, 2013

Thanks to a faster CPU, longer battery life and superb screen, the 2013 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display is one of the best ultraportables on the market.

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8.0
CNET Oct 29, 2013

There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 11, 2013

If this is a laptop for the home and little else, you'll enjoy the power the Pro brings and the screen resolution too, knowing full well that a power socket is never that far away.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 11, 2013

Compared to the Air the Pro offers a better screen and the potential for more power. The payoff is that you'll get shorter battery life and a heavier product, and it's still not as graphically astute as its 15-inch brother.

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Digital Versus Dec 13, 2013

The 2013 MacBook Pro 13" is an excellent laptop with a beautiful screen and extra-long battery life. Our biggest regret is that there's no dedicated graphics card, although the Iris 5100 will handle a certain amount of gaming.

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9.0
AppleInsider Nov 2, 2013

For users interested in a powerful notebook with a high-resolution display, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is easy to recommend. It's beautiful, it lasts all day, and it's more portable than the larger 15-inch model.

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8.0
T3 Nov 8, 2013

It's a baffling concept to think that Apple would have beaten its own product in such a way, but to our eyes certainly the new £1,249 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is now the Apple laptop to beat.

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9.0
Digital Trends Oct 25, 2013

The new MacBook Pro with Retina display, however, is an outstanding value, and provides mind-blowing battery life on top of that. Ultimately, the late-2013 MacBook Pro 13 with Retina is a notebook that flirts with perfection.

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Engadget Oct 22, 2013

Both the 13- and 15-inch versions have been refreshed, and now the Retina display-sporting, Haswell-powered laptops are being shown off right after the Apple "lot to cover" event. While the duo retains the same overall look and feel of the previous generation, there are still a few notable changes.

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TechCrunch Oct 22, 2013

The 13-inch version is a big change, however – the 3.46 lbs compared to the 3.57 of the last generation may not feel like much, but combined with a thickness of just 0.71 inches, it feels like a lot, and will probably be even more impressive if you’re carrying one around with you every day.

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Laptop Magazine Oct 22, 2013

We had a blast with the Iris graphics when zooming around San Francisco in the new Apple Maps app. We also expect much better performance when playing games and editing video.

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SlashGear Oct 22, 2013

On the 13-inch, meanwhile, our biggest criticism of the notebook – that it didn’t quite have the graphics potency to live up to every expectation of the “Pro” name – should also be addressed by the more capable integrated graphics.

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Washington Post Oct 22, 2013

With OS X Mavericks, the computers gain new apps such as iBooks and Maps, which both run smoothly on the souped-up devices. I’m a little skeptical that users will start dropping their tablets in favor of reading or navigating on a larger computer device, but they still have the option.

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T3 Oct 23, 2013

Both are 25 percent lighter than their previous models. They are incredibly light, and almost as thin as the first generation MacBook Air at it's thickest point - pretty impressive.

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rohitpatnala rohitpatnala

Just awesome... For me, as a student ( @ IIT Kanpur ), 256 GB SSD + 8 GB RAM is more than enough. All what matters for me is the retina display, battery life, elegant look and portability. Though expandability is a tiny drawback, thanks to the enough cloud storage available now a days.

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8.0
everdark everdark

Retina display is legendary. No equally competitive models exist ever from the PC side. OSX is another reason that makes this machine wonderful. As a software engineer with Linux familiarity the overall experience is undoubtedly greater than Windows platform. And the touchpad is legendary, too....

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9.0
GrimStranger GrimStranger

Have both an MBP 15" (non Retina) and a MBA 13". Needed to replace the 15" but wasn't certain if going down a size would be a wise decision (the MBP is mostly used in a stationary manner and is attached to an external display). It turns out that the MBP 13" Retina is the perfect size. I'd like...

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greginsa greginsa

I've owned the 15in rMBP since February when they were speed bumped. I have since decided I needed more portability, but I was waiting for the Haswell update for better battery life, better integrated graphics, and 802.11ac chipset. Overall this is a great little machine, and I expect to get...

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9.0
chanh015 chanh015

Since I wrote most of my thoughts in the categories above. I feel like for what this thing packs its actually a good value against comparable PC's. You get what you pay for. It gets me through my school days on a single charge and it does everything you would expect from a sub $1500 machine

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9.0
jimgrandbois jimgrandbois

A great mid range laptop with a super high resolution display, incredible response and speed with PCIe SSD storage, thin and light for it's power, and great battery life make this machine one of the best laptops you can buy. Opt for the 256GB storage 8GB ram model at a minimum, as these are non...

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10
Bounou Bounou

No complaints so far, was worried this thing would have serious lag issues with the intel GPU but huge improvement over the HD4000, very happy so far.

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9.0
brutimus brutimus

I owned a Macbook Pro back in 2007, but gave up on them when I began my professional software development career. Trying to develop on OSX was more trouble than it was worth. I spent the years since then using Linux on various laptops. Fast forward to now, development tools have advanced and...

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