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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (late 2013)

from  $1499.99+
90
Engadget
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Review

Thanks to a lower price, longer battery life and lighter design, the 13-inch Retina MBP is a better deal than it was a year ago. It's so compelling, in fact, that you might even choose it over the Air.

Pros
  • New, lower price
  • Gorgeous display
  • Thinner and lighter than before
  • Long battery life
  • Good graphics, improved SSD speeds
Cons
  • No discrete GPU option on the 13-inch model
  • Fans can get loud
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Scores

Engadget

90
 

User Reviews

100
greginsa
I've owned the 15in rMBP since February when they were speed bumped. I have...read more
100
Bounou
No complaints so far, was worried this thing would have serious lag issues with...read more
90
aaronmarks
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Screen size
1322
Screen resolution
Other
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.419
System RAM
41
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
Displayport, Hdmi
Maximum battery life
Up to 920
Model
128GB

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

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

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 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

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
No
Case lighting
No
WiDi
No
NFC
No
Screen size
13 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
128 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 9 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (71.8 Wh capacity)

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 (HID [peripherals])

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
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

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

Display

Screen surface
Matte / anti-glare

Processor

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

Optical media

Optical drive
No

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 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

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
No
Case lighting
No
WiDi
No
NFC
No
Screen size
13 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
256 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 9 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (71.8 Wh capacity)

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 (HID [peripherals])

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
512GB

General

Type
Midsize
Bundled OS
Mac OS (Mavericks [10.9])

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 a, 802.11 ac, 802.11 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

System

Chipset
Intel

Environmental

System cooling
Fan-cooled

Other features

Docking station port
No
Fingerprint reader
No
IR port
No
Integrated webcam
Yes
Security lock slot
No
Case lighting
No
WiDi
No
NFC
No
Screen size
13 inches
Screen resolution
Other
Aspect ratio
16:9
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
512 GB (total)
SSD

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 9 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (71.8 Wh capacity)

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 (HID [peripherals])

Audio

Audio outputs
3.5mm (Dual-input)
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No