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A solid performer if you can't afford a Retina display

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Equipped with a new Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, this year's MacBook Pro is a capable machine. Is it the highest-performing system out there? Nah -- and without discrete graphics or an SSD, that's hardly a surprise. This is a solid laptop, even with the entry-level specs, but if you can part ways with a bit more dough, you'll be a happier camper with a Core i7, SSD-equipped configuration. If your heart isn't set on the 13-inch form factor, you can always go for the 15-inch Pro, which is available with an NVIDIA GT 650M GPU, not to mention a higher-res display.

More broadly, though, Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina display has put a wrench in the company's otherwise straightforward lineup. If you're an OS X fan, you're no longer making a simple decision between the Air's portability and the Pro's graphics chops/ample storage -- a brilliant screen is vying for your dollars now, too. If your needs are fairly simple, just go for the Air: it's a faster performer, and your back will thank you. If you need discrete graphics and an optical drive (or just can't afford the Retina model), the Pro remains a solid bet.

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    7.4
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Battery life
    7.3
  • Display
    8.0
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Expandability
    8.0
  • Noise
    8.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
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8.0
Engadget Jul 30, 2012

Equipped with a new Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and Intel HD Graphics 4000, this year's MacBook Pro is a capable machine. Is it the highest-performing system out there? Nah -- and without discrete graphics or an SSD, that's hardly a surprise.

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8.0
CNET Jun 21, 2012

While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it's fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition.

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8.0
PC Mag Jul 3, 2012

The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Mid 2012) gives us the familiar MacBook design with speedier performance and new faster USB 3.0 connections.

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8.0
TechRadar Jul 10, 2012

The mid-2012 MacBook Pro is a formidable machine. Like the 15-inch models, the refresh sees it take a significant - if unremarkable - step forwards.

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9.0
infernalmaster infernalmaster

The greatest laptop for that price. MacOS is fast and comfortable, you don't need antivirus at all. And couse it's based on linux it's great for web development. But for the best user experience you should buy SSD and more RAM (My model MD101 with 4 gb ram). Design is very good and simple.

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9.0
mcduo mcduo

This is my second MBP 13". I had an 2010 model before. The computer is exactly the same but is much faster.

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