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It’s not the most powerful laptop. And it’s definitely not the most portable. But 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. quote


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8.7
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    8.8
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    8.9
  • Battery life
    8.7
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    9.8
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    8.0
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    7.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2

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9.2
24 reviews
10
PC Mag Oct 25, 2013

With an updated Intel processor and speedier Flash Storage, the MacBook Pro 15-inch (2013) leapfrogs over the competition with workstation-class performance and a nine-hour battery life.

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9.0
TechCrunch Oct 25, 2013

Apple’s 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pros with Retina Displays are simply the best available notebooks, and which you choose depends totally on budget and priorities over anything else. If power is what you’re looking for, look no further than the 15-inch reviewed here.

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9.0
Wired Nov 1, 2013

It’s not the most powerful laptop. And it’s definitely not the most portable. But 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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8.0
CNET Oct 25, 2013

The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro was a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.

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8.0
Ars Technica Oct 26, 2013

The 2013 Retina MacBook Pro is mostly an upgrade over last year, but Intel's Iris Pro needs another year to catch up with the 2012 model's Nvidia GPUs.

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8.0
Macworld Oct 31, 2013

Much improved battery life and fast internal storage are both welcome improvements to this latest iteration of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Nov 5, 2013

The new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the ultimate notebook for power users, combining a best-in-class display with blazing performance and long battery life.

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9.0
SlashGear Oct 26, 2013

Mac users have never had it so good. The MacBook Air’s Haswell update earlier this year gave the ultraportable the longevity it deserved, with twelve hours of runtime enough to satisfy even the most demanding road-warrior.

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9.0
Wired UK Oct 30, 2013

Apple has continued to push the bar for a mobile powerhouse. Although comparable specifications are becoming available in the Windows world for slightly less money, the Apple premium rewards with its design, portability and pleasure of use.

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10
AppleInsider Nov 3, 2013

The late-2013 version of Apple's high-end professional notebook, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display, is a computer in a class of its own, offering a near-perfect blend of style and performance in a more affordable package than before.

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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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CNET Oct 22, 2013

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is more striking, especially considering its slim chassis can include a decent discrete graphics card. Still, from the outside at least, these are the same MacBook Pros as last year. Like the 2013 MacBook Air and iMac updates, the new features are internal in nature, or...

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TechCrunch Oct 22, 2013

The core of each update is the Intel Haswell processor, which adds considerable benefits in terms of battery life. This means that, combined with the OS X Mavericks release ... the more powerful 15-inch version stays steady at an advertised eight hours.

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SlashGear Oct 22, 2013

Outwardly, differences between the late-2013 Retina Pro’s and their predecessors are minor. The display ... is still great to use, and the familiar unibody metal chassis is reasonably lightweight and certainly well made.

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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
cchana cchana

I owned and used a white MacBook for almost 6 years before finally purchasing a replacement and this is what I waited for. The Retina screen is stunning, that's for sure, but depending on the resolution you go for, it's not guaranteed you'll have a load more space. Obviously, the more space you...

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10
Bounou Bounou

Great laptop, i still wish they would stick the 15 inch's internals inside the 13 inch model but at this point it's becoming exceedingly clear that's never going to happen!

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6.0
Alondite Alondite

Severely lacking in functionality, and severely overpriced. Using one is like being in a prison due to Apple's restrictions.

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10
Sneakerguru562 Sneakerguru562

This is hand down the fastest laptop I have ever owned, battery life is great and the display is amazing!!! I'm using the high-end version 15' Macbook Pro

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