Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (mid 2012)

89
Engadget
Score
89

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (mid 2012)

Summary

The MacBook Pro with Retina display is a top-shelf laptop with a world-class display. It isn't cheap, but it's worth it.

from $2629+
Pros
  • Beautiful Retina display
  • Thinner and lighter than previous Pros
  • World-class performance
  • Improved battery life
Cons
  • Expensive
  • MagSafe 2 connector requires an adapter
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (mid 2012)

Product categories come and go, grow and wither, revolutionize the world and then slowly fade into a state of cold, quiet, everlasting obsolescence. It happens all the time, sometimes over the course of just a year or two (see: netbooks) and, while companies have made billions by establishing truly new categories, rarely has anybody rocked the world by splitting the difference between two very closely aligned ones.

That's exactly what Apple is trying to do here. The company's MacBook Pro line is one of the most respected in the industry for those who need an ostensibly professional laptop. Meanwhile, the MacBook Air is among the best (if not conclusively the best) thin-and-light laptops on the market. Now, a new player enters the fray: the MacBook Pro with Retina display. It cleanly slides in between these two top-shelf products, while trying to be simultaneously serious and fast, yet slim and light. Is this, then, a laptop that's all things to all people, the "best Mac ever" as it was called repeatedly in the keynote? Or, is it more of a compromised, misguided attempt at demanding too much from one product? Let's find out.

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Scores

Engadget

89
 

Breakdown

Expandability
6.9
Design and form factor
8.8
Durability
8.3
Speed and features
9.3
Portability (size / weight)
8.1
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Specs

MacBook Pro

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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Specs

MacBook Pro

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS
Processor speed
2.3 GHz
Video outputs
DisplayPort, HDMI
System RAM
8 GB
Maximum battery life
Up to7 hour
Pointing device
Trackpad
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