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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (late 2012)

from  $1500+
83
Engadget
Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

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Engadget Review

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook with a Retina display effectively crosses the divide between Air and Pro, but at a premium cost.

Pros
  • Thinner and lighter than the other 13-inch Pro
  • Near-comprehensive selection of ports
  • Great I/O performance
Cons
  • Thicker than 15-inch Retina Pro
  • No discrete graphics
  • Price
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Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

90
Mark Madsen
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
10
obsama1
No discrete GPU and only 128GB of storage? And for $1700. Wow. Even $800 laptops...read more
90
Richard Parkins
Over all i love my 13 inch macbook pro with retina display. But with that said...read more
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Model
128GB

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Screen size
1322
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.519
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi
Maximum battery life
Up to 720

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.5 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
Screen size
13 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
2 slots (total)
2 slots (occupied)
8 GB (system)
4 GB (per module)
128 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 7 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (74 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
256GB

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Screen size
1322
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.519
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi
Maximum battery life
Up to 720

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.5 GHz

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
Screen size
13 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
2 slots (total)
2 slots (occupied)
8 GB (system)
4 GB (per module)
256 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 7 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (74 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
256GB (early 2013)

Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Screen size
1322
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.519
System RAM
81
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi
Maximum battery life
Up to 720

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Lion [10.7])

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

Processor make
Intel (Core i5)
Processor speed
2.6 GHz
Number of cores
Dual-core

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
None
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

System

Chipset
Intel

Slots / bays / chassis

Expansion card slots
No
External / removable drive bays
No

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
Yes
Case lighting
No
Screen size
13 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
2 slots (total)
2 slots (occupied)
8 GB (system)
4 GB (per module)
256 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 7 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (74 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (2 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
No
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No