- Speed and features Could use some more features.
- Design and form factor Soldered Memory, Battery, Hard Drive, no way of replacing/upgrading later
- Battery life The Retina screen drains it more than the reviews show. I got 2-3hrs with normal/heavy use.
- Display Great display (for the programs that support it). Terrible for those that don't (and probably won't for a long time).
- Durability No comments
- Expandability Not an option.
- Noise very quiet (but so is the non-retina)
- Portability (size / weight) Is pretty good for a 15" power computer.
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 good as claimed, I think the non-retina model's are better. Size is nice, but not that much different than non-retina model, Lack of Optical Drive, Non-proprietary applications appeared blurry and scaling issues. Also, while the benchmark data is great for this laptop, the benchmark data is even better for the non-retina model.
I returned mine after one day and purchased the Non-Retina MacBook Pro. 2.6 Processor, 768gig HD, 8gig RAM for the same price as the base retina MacBook. For me, it was the right choice!
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