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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (mid 2012)

79
Engadget
Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
79

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Engadget Review

Apple's new 13-inch MacBook Pro may not be the star of the show now that the Retina model is in on the scene, but it nonetheless offers solid performance and a attractive, sturdy design.

Pros
  • Lovely designComfortable keyboard and trackpadGood day-to-day performance
Cons
  • No discrete graphicsRelatively low-res display
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Scores

Engadget

79
 

User Reviews

90
DaveBinM
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
90
jcrespo1991
I love this laptop to death. Even after having it for months I still find new...read more
90
HtetOoHlaing
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Midsize
Screen size
13.322
Screen resolution
1280 x 800
Bundled OS
Mac OS
CPU family
Core i5
Processor speed
2.519
System RAM
41
Pointing device
Trackpad
Video outputs
DisplayPort
Maximum battery life
Up to 720
Model
2.5GHz

General

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

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

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

Optical media

Optical drive
Yes (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

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
13.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 800
Aspect ratio
16:10
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
8 GB (system)
500 GB (total)
Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
4 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 7 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (63.5 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (1 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
Yes (800)
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No
Model
2.9GHz

General

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

Display

Screen surface
Glossy

Processor

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

Optical media

Optical drive
Yes (Slot loading) (Dvd, Cd) (Yes)

Networking

WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wpa, Wpa2)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit]
Mobile broadband
No
Analog modem
None

Video

Graphics adapter
Integrated (Intel)
Video outputs
DisplayPort (Mini connector)

Memory details

RAM bus / speed
DDR3 (1600)

Storage details

Storage interface
SATA

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
Screen size
13.3 inches
Screen resolution
1280 x 800
Aspect ratio
16:10
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
No
3 MB L3 cache
8 GB (system)
750 GB (total)
Platter

Memory and storage (basic)

System RAM
8 GB

Battery

Maximum battery life
Up to 7 hours
Battery type
Li-polymer (63.5 Wh capacity)
Battery access
Built-in

Input

Keyboard
Yes (78 keys) (Backlit)
Pointing device
Trackpad (Multi-touch)

Connections

USB
3.0 (2 port(s))
Thunderbolt
Yes (1 port(s))
FireWire / 1394
Yes (800)
Bluetooth
4.0

Audio

Audio inputs
3.5mm
Audio outputs
3.5mm
Audio channels
Stereo
Built-in microphone
Yes
Speakers
Stereo (Integrated subwoofer)

Memory card reader

Memory card reader
Yes (SD)

Removable disks

Removable disk drive
No