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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Speed and features No comments good
  • Design and form factor No comments good
  • Battery life No comments good
  • Display No comments great!
  • Durability No comments so-so
  • Expandability No comments poor
  • Noise No comments good
  • Portability (size / weight) No comments so-so
Detailed review
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. It makes the machine more portable and productive in its own stand. Some killer apps can make it even more productive and comfortable for either entertainment or production work. For example, Alfred and BetterTouchTool.

Ram support up to 16 GiB is appreciable and very important to fit my personal need, thus a great plus. However, the CPU is not as good as I expect for a machine in such price level. Compare to Sony VAIO Z13, one with extreme portability yet also with extremely powerful CPU, I am not very satisfied with the computing power for all MBPr 13" models. And MBPr is quite heavy.
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