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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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9.3
34 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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10
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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9.0
frankspin frankspin

I was in a toss up between getting a MacBook Air and 13-in Retina for my personal laptop. Having used an Air and a 15-inch Retina, I understood the benefits of each one which made deciding on one really difficult. In the end I think I made the right decision with the 13-inch Retina and here's...

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Julius00007 Julius00007

I have been using computers since 1988, when we had Microsoft roaming all over the world, and I was programmer back then. I have never owned any macs in the past, then I have decided to get one this year. And it just blown me away. Super fast, great battery, premium built and quality and OS is...

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9.0
jdagogo jdagogo

Just gonna say this: i LOVE this machine, . .but thought the 8G ram was sluggish. Finally sucked it up and ordered the new chip and 16g ram right from the factory. DAMN seems to make a huge huge difference.

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