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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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melaus melaus

Absolutely gorgeous computer! Spending just a bit more on RAM and SSD customisation will give this new Mac a longer lifetime. The display is truly revolutionary and is just absolutely stunning! You'll love it when you use one! If you need a great laptop/ workstation, this is it. It's a joy to use!

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9.0
Amlbeats Amlbeats

Bad ass machine. 16gigs of ram and solid state cpus. doesn't get much better than that. If you have the money the choice is clear.

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9.0
ninoguba ninoguba

I just got my 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display delivered to my door. This is my first ever Apple computer as I’ve always been the “PC” guy, but I must say I was a bit excited (but I didn’t want to show it too much to my wife). Apple’s announcement of their latest MacBook Pros at their...

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9.0
Chrshdkim Chrshdkim

Highly recommended for those who seek the best of the best! If you are a musician like me though...the lack of FireWire is detrimental for pre-amp 8x8 but for usb midi, it's great! If I wrote this review about a month ago, I'd say musicians wait, but I've just ordered the FireWire adapter...

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