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Redefining the laptop category, at a premium price

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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.

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Critic reviews

8.9
21 reviews
  • Speed and features
    9.3
  • Design and form factor
    8.7
  • Battery life
    8.4
  • Display
    9.7
  • Durability
    8.4
  • Expandability
    7.0
  • Noise
    9.0
  • Portability (size / weight)
    8.2

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8.7
114 reviews
9.0
Engadget Jun 13, 2012

It pushes and redefines the category, raising the bar higher than even its brethren can jump. If you can afford the premium and aren't set on a 13-inch model there's no reason to buy any Pro other than this Pro.

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9.0
Laptop Magazine Jun 12, 2012

Surveying the Ultrabook landscape, there's nothing that approaches the combination of power and portability of the new MacBook Pro ... the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the ultimate notebook for performance fiends on the move.

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9.0
PC Mag Jun 13, 2012

With a higher-resolution display, thin chassis, and up-to-date components, the Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Display is the new king of high-end desktop replacement laptops.

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9.0
New York Times Jun 13, 2012

Over all, then, how does the new laptop fare on the Ultimate Laptop Wish List? Extremely well. It tops the charts on screen, keyboard, sound, start-up time, looks, battery life and fast/thin/light. It can have copious memory (up to 16 gigabytes) and storage, for a handsome fee.

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9.0
Macworld Jun 15, 2012

The Retina MacBook Pro, however, is the future of Apple’s laptop line—and it’s a bright, shining symbol of excellence. The Retina display is something to be marveled at, and the lightweight, smaller design addresses the demand for our devices to be even more portable.

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8.0
CNET Jun 11, 2012

The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed.

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9.0
SlashGear Jun 13, 2012

In the end, though the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is more than just the sum of its screen, the inescapable truth is that any other notebook feels dreary and last-gen in comparison.... the new MacBook Pro’s display feels like what computing really should be.

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9.0
ABC News Jun 14, 2012

It's pretty clear that the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is one of the finest laptops ever to grace this Earth; it's beautiful to look at in more ways than one. But you do have to pay a premium for what is all around the most premium laptop now on shelves.

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9.0
Mashable Jun 14, 2012

Putting the stunning retina display aside, you’ll probably be able to find a Windows machine that can beat it on an individual feature, be it speed, connectivity, convenience or storage. But as a package, nothing offers what this machine does.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 15, 2012

Once again, Apple has developed a machine that's both beautifully designed, technologically advanced and expensive enough to be considered only by those who have to have the best of the best. We love it though, and so will you.

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9.0
PC Advisor Jun 14, 2012

Not just nice and light, not just good and thin – Apple's first retina-class Mac is a triumph in portable computing.

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9.0
MacLife Jul 5, 2012

Since it seems like a sure bet that Retina displays will eventually find their way to every Apple laptop, it might be smart to wait. But anyone who does buy this machine will get the best laptop Apple's ever made--until the next one.

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9.0
CNET AU Sep 14, 2012

It's not cheap, and it'll take some time for the software world to catch up, but great battery life, good sound, impeccable build and a screen that'll blow you away means that the MacBook Pro with Retina Display has set a new standard for the rest to follow.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Jun 17, 2012

The Macbook Pro 15 with Retina display is an excellent and expensive laptop, there’s no denying that. But it is also very unique and I’m very curious to see what the competition will come up with in the next few months, and at what price.

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9.0
IGN Jun 15, 2012

While we applaud Apple for sticking with classic models for those who can’t afford the next generation (or who prefer legacy features over a cutting edge display), it’s not hard to imagine an all-Retina, all-flash future for the Mac line – and this notebook proves that future is already here...

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9.0
AppleInsider Jun 19, 2012

In our view, the additional cost and the concessions made for the new design are worth it. The only question that remains is: Can you afford it?

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8.0
The Telegraph Jun 14, 2012

Those users who are willing to spend the money will get an exceptional machine, one that points to the future of laptops as much as the MacBook Air did before it.

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8.0
T3 Jul 30, 2012

The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is undoubtedly Apple's most impressive laptop to date...melding the best of the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro and the iPad 3 has resulted in a beautifully designed technological beast that hoovers up multi-tasking and powers through the most taxing of programs.

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9.0
MSN Jun 17, 2012

Most people who buy it will be doing it for the same reason they would buy a Mercedes-Benz CLS. To experience the height of quality? To fulfill a personal aesthetic hunger? To show off to friends and strangers alike? It makes no difference: The reason is certainly not to get you to work and back.

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9.0
USA Today Jun 13, 2012

This latest flagship is an object to be desired, a powerfully robust laptop in a .71-inch aluminum unibody design that is nearly as thin as Apple’s own MacBook Air, though considerably wider. There is nothing skinny about the price, though.

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6.0
Danrichter94 Danrichter94

Great laptop here but really had to fork over some change to get this piece. It's very fast and the screen is great with an overall great design but paying just over $3000.. not sure if it will happen again. I will be running windows on this piece anyway. The price is what lowers my overall...

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6.0
SmithLaw SmithLaw

Pros: Size, Screen/Retina Cons: Lack of upgradability, lack of repairability in case something as simple as a battery needs replacing, lack of hard drive space (unless you have $3000 to spend), Display good, but honestly not that much different than the "non-retina" model. Speakers were not as...

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8.0
KurdiMo KurdiMo

Pros: - Retina Display - Great battery life - Lower noise than the previous MBP - Good specs (For the first time, apple uses latest gen graphics chip) Cons: - Scaling issues with text/icons - Can't choose the resolution manually (isn't this supposed to be "Pro") - Get's really hot -...

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8.0
whskytng0fxtrt whskytng0fxtrt

So I bought this to replace my aging early 2008 MacBook Pro. I had to go for the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD option, mostly because I wanted the ultimate display and partly because I wanted something faster than I already have. What I like about it - 1) The screen. When programs are retina-enabled, they...

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9.0
goroderickgo goroderickgo

I'm going to preface my review by saying that the last computer I bought was the mid-2007 MacBook Pro (non-unibody, Santa Rosa, base 15-inch, for those who care for specifics.), so 5 years worth changes is definitely a nice step up for me. Speedwise, I don't really have anything complain about....

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7.0
ArmpitOfDeath ArmpitOfDeath

While many new things abound with the 15" Retina Macbook Pro, it's also a case of Deja Vu in a couple of key respects of a notebook. You sort of feel like you've gone back to 2006-ish, due to two things - the battery life, and the screen. The battery life is easy enough to explain: 5 hours in...

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8.0
johanan johanan

With an updated, even-thinner unibody design, gorgeous Retina display and stellar performance, it's hard not to fall for Apple's latest MacBook Pro. The Retina display is a little before its time and it is going to take web and app developers a while to adjust. Even though there is little...

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7.0
telf telf

The MB Pro R would have been a near perfect "Pro" machine if Apple had simply added the Retina display, USB3 and extra Thunderbolt port the the previous model. The sacrifices made to strip a few mm off the thickness, take the gloss off what would otherwise have been an excellent Pro portable....

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8.0
cass cass

The highest quality, fastest computer I've owned to date. The major drawback is the price. If money is no object, this is the computer to get.

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9.0
CarlosD1az CarlosD1az

The focus here is on the retina display - its by far the best screen out there. The only issue you will come across with this screen is that not many things are optimized for it quite yet but this should be a temporary issue. Everything that is optimized is mind blowing. This is also the...

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7.0
ciaranmg ciaranmg

They often say you shouldn't buy the first generation of any apple product, and in this case I think that's probably some good advice. The retina macbook pro is a beautiful machine and still miles ahead of anything else available on the market but I've experienced two major issues with it. 1....

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