Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (mid 2012)
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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.
- Beautiful Retina display
- Thinner and lighter than previous Pros
- World-class performance
- Improved battery life
- MagSafe 2 connector requires an adapter
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Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display (mid 2012)
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- 89AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE21 ReviewsMacworld90MacBook Pro with Retina Display redefines the concThe 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.New York Times90MacBook Pro, Just One Point Short of PerfectionOver 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.Engadget90Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (midIt 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.PC Mag90Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Retina Display)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.Laptop Magazine90Apple Macbook Pro with Retina Display ReviewSurveying 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.CNET80Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display reviewThe 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.CNET AU90Apple MacBook Pro with Retina displayIt'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.MacLife9015-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ReviewSince 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.Pocket-Lint90MacBook Pro with Retina display (June 2012) reviewOnce 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.Tech Advisor90Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display reviewNot just nice and light, not just good and thin – Apple's first retina-class Mac is a triumph in portable computing.Mashable90Retina MacBook Pro: The Laptop From the Future [REPutting 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.ABC News90New MacBook Pro with Retina Display ReviewIt'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.SlashGear90MacBook Pro with Retina Display review (mid-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.Time90Apple Retina MacBook Pro Review: The MacBook Pro,It’s the most refined, advanced PC that Apple has produced to date.T380MacBook Pro 2012 reviewThe 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.AppleInsider90Review: Apple's next-gen MacBook Pro with 15" RetiIn 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?Ubergizmo90Macbook Pro Review, with Retina DisplayThe 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.IGN90Macbook Pro with Retina Display reviewWhile 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 in the present.The Telegraph80Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display reviewThose 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.MSN90Review: New MacBook Pro is revolution for eyeballsMost 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.USA Today90Review: New MacBook Pro is 'powerfully robust'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.
- 87AVERAGE USER SCORE106 ReviewsEngadget Reader90February 14, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 3, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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.Engadget Reader100January 21, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Web and graphic designers, don't consider anything else. The best, plain and simple.Engadget Reader80January 17, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90January 11, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100January 7, 2014Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90November 27, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80November 21, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 18, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 17, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Having used it now for just on two weeks it is a joy too use. The speed and responsiveness is silky smooth and even running a lot of pro apps like Aperture and Final Cut and Logic has no dramatic effect on that speed.The screen is gorgeous and colours are brighter and more vibrant than what I used before. Now I have no trouble moving from Retina screens to non-Retina screens (my iPad 2) but on the Retina screen I can read longer without my eyes getting tired. (Still use the 20/20/20 rule)Now having used a MacBook Air 64 GB and iPad 2 64 GB the 256 GB is really spacious but I still recommend having an external HD for the major libraries like iTunes and Aperture.The one thing I do wish it had was an extra USB port, now I know I can just get a USB hub but it would just be nice not to have an extra dongle when you want to charge an iPhone and an iPad. But that is just a small thing.Overall this is one fabulous machine to work with makes working on a mac a lot of fun again.Engadget Reader100November 11, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80October 28, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The highest quality, fastest computer I've owned to date. The major drawback is the price. If money is no object, this is the computer to get.Engadget Reader90October 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetBrian80October 11, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Best laptop on the market hands down. Seriously, nothing comes close.Engadget Reader90September 28, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Not much more to say that I haven't said above. It's a Mac, it's fast, it's lightweight. Holds everything I need, does everything I need, and is faster and more powerful than my older 17" MacBook Pro. Great screen is easy on my eyes and as realistic a view, with great detail, as you could ever ask for. You can't do much better than this, especially for the money.Engadget Reader80September 23, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80September 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 18, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 18, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetChristian90July 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This laptop is amazing; I paid ~$4000 to sup it up to near max stats, and it does not disappoint in performance... except in one area-- the true culprit is tough to nail, but for some reason on retina displays running OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion (all revisions thereof, even the latest) the screen will occasionally flicker in a manner reminiscent of the days of dying CRTs. The exact cause is unknown to me at this time, but it seems to have something to do with an apparent screen refresh bug that doesn't handle retina displays well. Forums suggest disabling graphics switching mode, sleep mode, and a host of other kludge workarounds that didn't help me much. This problem has been helped by several OS patches and revisions since I first loaded Mountain Lion, but it still occurs from time to time and for hardware/software of this price and promised quality I find disturbances of any kind rather unacceptable. Despite that, I would purchase it again-- I just wouldn't pay as much.Engadget Reader100July 12, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!In terms of processing power and performance this is dynamite. I ran some initial tests with XCode,iPhoto, and Aperture. This thing is fast. I look forward to getting into it more. The screen is incredible and makes everything have that extra 'pop'. The Retina display definitely does make a difference. The only sore point is that you can't upgrade RAM. At the time of purchase you need to purchase the ram and SSD it comes with. Interestingly though OWC offers a SSD upgrade though. That's why, in my view, it's not a total wash in terms of upgradability. It's a very fast machine in other typical tasks such as office type documents (iWork), and web browsing. Expandability is relative. The Thunderbolt ports provide a surprising amount of things you can upgrade and add to this computer. It's not the most elegant solution for every situation, but yes, it does provide a measure of expandability and oddly enough something that gets overlooked. You can buy whole enclosures if you want to really keep adding things to this computer. Overall this is the best computer I have owned.Engadget Reader90July 1, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90June 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80June 24, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great computer, no doubt one of the nicest laptop in the market. Great display, CPU & GPU, high speed SSD, awesome, slim and light. Although I had a few problems with the battery, but its fixed now. Other than that and a few minor bugs, its perfect for personal use, business, even occasional gaming.Engadget Reader90May 22, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90May 21, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been using my Retina MacBook Pro since August of 2012 and have really enjoyed using it as an all around computer. I really love the screen resolution on it and have a hard time looking at my old computer's monitor.Engadget Reader90May 2, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Finally got a Samsung panel without image retention. Now it is a keeper. This screen is such a real estate.I upgraded from a late 2012 Macbook Air 13". Compared to my previous Mac, this Macbook seems a bit bulky. But the retina display and all other internal upgrade make you quickly forget about that. Im not moving my laptop often so the size is second need for me. But I guess road warrior without heavy power need would prefer the perfect balance of the Macbook Air 13". I don't do photo, video editing and gaming on this laptop. Mainly coding and light task. If a Macbook air 13" retina was available I would hesitate a lot. But bigger screen and the retina resolution was the key of this upgrade for me.I would say, it is near perfection, if you exclude all image retention on LG panel.Earnest80April 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90April 5, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 29, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is the best computer I have ever owned, laptop or desktop. Fast, light, powerful with a great display.Engadget Reader70March 18, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The MB Pro R would have been a near perfect "Pro" machine if Apple had simply added the Retina display, USB3 and extra Thunderbolt port the the previous model. The sacrifices made to strip a few mm off the thickness, take the gloss off what would otherwise have been an excellent Pro portable.Whoever decided that no user would want a security slot to secure their $3k+ portable computer should be beaten severely about the head. "Find my Mac" is a poor substitute for preventing it walking in the first place.The Retina display is beautiful, but the GPU struggles with 1 GB of V-RAM when asked to run external displays. You'll be amused when you see Windows on the high res 15" display through a virtual machine.Speed is good, but largely due to the SSD. Dumped is the optical drive. There is no RJ45, only one 3.5 mm audio socket, two Thunderbolt, USB 3, but only two of them and no Bluetooth iPhone connectivity. It runs frighteningly hot. With RAM soldered to the motherboard and HDD glued to the chassis, don't forget your Apple Care.Apple has put form ahead of function in the design of this laptop. Be prepared to buy a large bag to carry all the drives and adaptors required to replace those omitted from your thin, light laptop. Fortunately, 3rd party suppliers like Lacie and Canopus are making Thunderbolt hubs to restore some of the missing ports. Belkins, the most comprehensive, missed its 4th qtr 2012 release target and looks like it will miss the 1st qtr 2013 date.I like my 15" MB R Pro, but wish I could have purchased a 2012 17" MB Pro, with SSD, two or three Thunderbolt ports, four USB 3 ports and a RAM upgrade.Engadget Reader90March 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100March 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90March 5, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100February 25, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90February 8, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader70January 31, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!They often say you shouldn't buy the first generation of any apple product, and in this case I think that's probably some good advice.The retina macbook pro is a beautiful machine and still miles ahead of anything else available on the market but I've experienced two major issues with it.1. Some screens manufactured by LG suffer from ghosting. i.e. you can still see ghosts of images left on the screen after you close the image. I really only noticed this when I started using an external monitor for desktop work and I've leave my email open on the laptop screen. After a while I noticed you could still see outlines of the mail app when it was minimised or closed.Apple have been most unhelpful in resolving this and they claim that it's within acceptable tolerances.2. It appears that the bluetooth and wifi antenna are on the same board and can interfere with each other. I've had to retire a $100 set of bluetooth headphones because they're totally unusable and had to get 5Ghz wireless access points for my office in order eliminate interference with bluetooth keyboard and mouse.Overall this laptop is very good, but quite flawed.Engadget Reader90January 14, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadgetbareimage80January 7, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80January 6, 2013Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90December 22, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I have been using this machine for two months. Although the price is high but it's worth every penny. The retina display is stunning, nothing can compare the quality, sharpness, colours, it's the best companion for designers.Speed is amazing, I installed Boot Camp, played big games such as Assassin's Creed III, Battlefield 3 without any problems. Overall, this is a must have gadget.Engadget Reader100December 20, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Absolutely the best laptop Apple has ever released, hands down. I bought this to replace my 17" top-of-the-line Mac from late 2007. I was concerned about the loss of screen size (I do tons of photo/grafix editing), but haven't missed the extra inches at all thanks to the ridiculously pixel-dense Retina Display. It's beautiful in every way. It may be a while until the world catches up with this technology.Decided last-minute to drop another $250 on the purchase price to upgrade the processor to a 2.7 GHz Quad-Core i7. While I was already getting a major upgrade from my 2007 Macbook, the additional processor speed was worth the cash. This computer moves so quickly, I can barely click fast enough. The days of being several steps ahead of my computer are over.Combine the blazing-fast processor with the 512 SSD drive, and you've got one crazy-fast Macbook on your hands. Startup and shutdown time is less than 10 seconds. Launching even the most memory-heavy applications takes even less time. I will surely add a month to my life this year in wait time alone.I've noticed other reviewers giving poor marks in expandability, but perfection needs no expansion. I don't know how Apple can improve on this one.Engadget Reader90December 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my first Apple laptop. I have a work background in IT and found that the Apple OS and hardware packages available suited my needs perfectly for a home computer. After using it for a few months now I feel I made the right choice buying this.Engadget Reader10December 11, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I purchased this computer and let me tell you.. I am the basic laptop user, browsing, emailing and working with iphoto. It sucks!!!!! I had the old Macbook pro and it is still better than this one! I just bought it couple of months ago and I already want to go get if fixed! who wants to fix a computer after buying it immediately? it stops in the middle of browsing with no reason, laggs and I have to restart it :s There is 2 updates (iphoto and imovies) that I cant update because each time i try the computer says that i have to log in in a different user account and i dont have another account :s when i googled that it appeared to be a common problem. It is annoying because it pops up all the time! I did not expect to be disappointed from something that expensive!Engadget Reader90December 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So much faster than my previous 2008 MBP. Hands down the best computer I've owned to date.Engadget Reader100November 25, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader80November 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 17, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader100November 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best and Sexiest Machine Ever Own!My First Mac!Engadget Reader80November 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!First of all let me say that I love this screen! Now let me follow up by saying that I don't really love the price. My eyes have been spoiled with the Retina display on the iPhone 4, iPad 3 and now the iPhone 5. When I would use my MacBook Pro the text would look pixelated. The text and photos (you've taken) on the MacBook Retina screen are incredible! This is where the computer excels. Pictures on websites don't seem to have the same clarity. It will just be a matter of time before the internet catches up to the screen. The speed and power on this laptop are still of the same MacBook Pro caliber that you would expect. Although the flash storage of 256 GB is a bit low, the use of iCloud and external HD's have made filled the voids. I have not simultaneously ran intense programs such as Final Cut Pro along with Photoshop so I can't comment on fan noise. I have used photo editing software as well as searching Safari and other programs and have not experienced any performance issues or noise. One minor annoyance that I have noticed is when you are switching between screens, especially a screen with a lot of content, the refresh rate is slow. But you have to understand that there are millions of pixels that are being refreshed. Other than that, if you have some extra hefty change to spend this is a computer that will amaze your eyes!Engadget Reader80November 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Well, I was unlucky and got the LG screen with retention. Not acceptable for a +$2000 computer.Other than that, best laptop I've ever hadEngadget Reader90November 2, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90October 23, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is the best laptop I have ever used. Areas I want to see improved for the next generation is battery life, one more USB 3 port, and improved speaks as the internal one's are a step down from my old 17" at least to mine and a few friends ears. Intel will fix my other issues with this computer when Haswell is released next year. That is the integrated graphics is a bit slow to drive this high of a resolution display. It's not bad but it does slow sometimes, especially when using three monitors. (Though I believe Apple should move to the discreet NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M when it is connected to power and detects external monitors so this could be corrected in software) Still intel 4000 graphics are a bit slow for what I need. If only NVIDIA could still make chipsets for Intel. (Intel I'm looking at you for revoking NVIDIA's ability to do this)Engadget Reader90October 17, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!As Apple stated, this really is the best notebook I have ever owned. I have owned two previous 17" Macbook Pro machines and most recently a 13" Macbook Air. I loved the Air, but sorely missed the screen resolution of my 17". With the 17" now off the market, I debated getting a refurb or considering a non-retina. However, in the end I decided on this machine. The ability to ramp up the resolution when I need to is really fantastic. When in Photoshop, I"ll run it at 1920. For everday use, I run it at the 1650 resolution. I find myself wanting a little more resolution than the default 1440 pixel doubled resolution which is why I chose to use scaled mode. I realize I could actually override the settings all the way to 2880, but that would just be silly. The apps that take advantage of the screen are gorgeous and I really don't have that much that doesn't. Safari also looks great for all my web browsing.The machine itself is beautiful. It's just one of those products you never get tired of using or looking at. To me, having a computer that looks great and performs the same way is important. I do some design work, but my primary role is programming. I have a super powerful platform at my disposal for everything I need to do. Because I also do a lot of .Net development in my job, I find running a VMWare Virtual machine on this system is as good as it gets. I can resume a Windows 7 session in just seconds, connect to my work VPN and run Visual Studio / SQL Server along side my Mac without any performance issues. This is the kind of performance I expected and am happy to have received with the machine.The battery life is pretty good. It will run circles around some of my older machines. I would say I can go half a day with reasonable heavy usage. I'm still waiting for a notebook that a charge once at night, but that simply doesn't exist yet, or at-least not with this kind of power. All in all, however, I have found Apple does a great job with power management and I have never had an internal battery go bad before I ended up selling the notebook anyway (I usually keep them 2-3 years).I know the big complain is expandability. In some ways I agree that there are limits here. However, I think Apple was really looking ahead and expects this to be somewhat of an early-adopters machine. When you think about it, my music and photos as well as videos are all in the cloud, so I don't consume a lot of internal storage. That is also why I opted to stick with the base 256gb SSD. In a world with 50gb free online storage accounts, YouTube, Picasa, Gmail and iTunes in the Cloud, there isn't a big compelling reason to have terabytes of space on the notebook. All of my files are available to me and I have all the applications I need and use everyday. 128GB thumb drives are readily available cheaply now, so storing a copy of all my apps is not a problem. I even keep a 2.5" drive in my bag if I need to store something massive, but I just never really need to do that. When I'm at home, my Time Machine is keeping everything backed up for me. I totally don't miss the optical drive. I considered it dead years ago and would much rather have a slimmer notebook. I have an external that is in my bag, but I don't even think I'm going to keep carrying it around anymore. I bought it about 4 years ago when I decided to remove the optical drive from my 17" machine to put an SSD in. Thunderbolt is a bit expensive and without a lot of options at the moment, but it is definitely growing. And, considering this is a Pro machine I don't think it unreasonable to pay a little more for Thunderbolt drives, displays, etc.. considering its incredibly fast and versatile options. You can even plug in ethernet, firewire, etc.. via Thunderbolt, so I don't find that to be an issue with not having those ports. The HDMI out and SD card reader are much more welcome to me anyway. I mean, how often am I not on wireless or need a CD? What year is this again? I haven't purchased an audio CD or bought a DVD in years. Everything is online for us.I don't consider myself a gamer by any means, but I have been playing around with X-Plane 10 since it came out. My Macbook Air was in no way able to handle that due to the Intel graphics, so upgrading to the 650m did have a little influence in my decision. Now, I can at-lease enjoy some decent gaming power when I'm stuck at holiday family events, etc...Overall, I have to say that this is a fantastic machine. If you are looking for a true desktop replacement mobile workstation without all the bulk and are willing to forgo the aging tech left behind with this new machine, you won't be disappointed.Engadget Reader90October 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100October 1, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!It's great, it replaced a big 17" macbook pro for me, and has done it well - better than I expected.The price doesn't matter do me, but I can see why it's a lot.Engadget Reader90September 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100September 10, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90September 4, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 30, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 22, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80August 22, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I'm going to preface my review by saying that the last computer I bought was the mid-2007 MacBook Pro (non-unibody, Santa Rosa, base 15-inch, for those who care for specifics.), so 5 years worth changes is definitely a nice step up for me.Speedwise, I don't really have anything complain about. I did a quick Handbrake test, and for me it is plenty quick with its 8-thread/4-core i7 CPU. In everyday use, it is very responsive. I know people have complained about a noticeable lag in transitions and animations, and it definitely does exist, but I think it's very negligible in my opinion. I appreciate the bump up to USB 3.0, as I just bought a 3TB external HD for all my media. I'll miss my old FireWire external HD, but USB 3.0 should be enough to at least match FireWire in most cases. I don't really have any Thunderbolt accessories yet, but I do plan on picking up the Thunderbolt to GigE adapter (you never know when Ethernet comes in handy). Adapters have always been part of the deal with MacBook Pros, from Mini-Displayport, DVI, etc, and this really is just an evolution of Apple's externalizing older functions. I never really liked the older unibody MacBook Pros: they were both heavier and slightly larger than my older non-unibody, and I had issues with the cover glass being overly reflective. This update has addressed my concerns with the previous generations. It is much thinner and has about the same footprint as my old MBP. The body is much more rigid than my old MBP (the old one used to creak a bit when you lifted it/moved it around) That being said, it is sort of silly how flat and thin this computer is. Not a bad thing, just different.Battery life so far has been really good. I installed gfxCardStatus and I haven't really seen any applications that have turned on the Nvidia GPU. I haven't put Steam onto this computer yet, so I don't have any heavy games on here. So far, I haven't had any problems with Mountain Lion's supposed battery life problems. I've gotten around 8 hours of light work (web browsing, typing this review, a little bit of video watching) on a charge.The Retina display is great: it's clear, crisp, and bright. If you need more description, the best thing you can do is find a model to actually play with to see it for yourself. I got a Samsung panel (versus the LG panel that some people get). The internet seems to believe that the Samsung panel is better, but I can't really say anything to disprove that. Most of the third-party apps (Tweetbot alpha, Chrome, Pixelmator, Evernote) I use have been updated (though MS Office hasn't. I'd hazard a guess that they're going to wait until the next major release of Office sometime next year to bring it up to date.)Judging from my old MBP, durability will be quite good. In terms of build quality, the machine should be able to last me for several years. My friend did drop my old MBP while it was in its sleeve onto the ground a year ago, and though the zipper dented the body, there were no issues with actual performance. However, the anodized aluminum will get scratched by sand and other things like that, but that's more cosmetic than anything. The only that worries me the lack of the cover glass over the display. Only time will tell how the Retina display holds up to years of wear and tear. So, moral of the story, watch out for cosmetic issues: outside of throwing your computer, this machine and its internals should be fine.And now we come to expandability. Of course, like everyone else, this is an interesting point about the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Apple is pushing for more "appliance"-like manufacturing. This is definitely very different from other manufacturers, who have shown they are still able to approach Apple's internal designs without the need to resort to gluing the battery in place or using soldered RAM and unique SSD shapes. This really is a personal decision: If you think that you're not going to tinker with the internals too much, then the new design shouldn't be a problem. There are always other manufacturers that are really starting to show their design muscle. I replaced the HDD and RAM in my old MBP, so I was a little concerned about the restricted expandability. Obviously, I decided that it wasn't that important to me in the long run. The noise is much improved. I wasn't sure about this one from the reviews all over the internet, but the fan noise is reduced a lot at idle. I remember thinking my old MBP was quiet when I first bought it 5 years ago, but this is basically inaudible unless you put your ear right up to the body. The fan noise is definitely different from the old MBPs (non-unibody and unibody): I don't really know how to describe it, but at full bore, it's definitely still noticeable. On the speaker front, the speakers are noticeably more powerful. I'm not audio expert, but there seems like the sound is coming from a bigger space. People say that a 15-inch notebook really isn't that portable, but I carried my old MBP with me almost every day. I'll definitely appreciate the weight and size reductions. So portability from my perspective is much improved. For others coming from a 13-inch or smaller, the increase in size is something to think about, especially if your bag is smaller.All in all, for a conservative upgrader like me, the MacBook Pro with Retina display will be a nice jump in every area. That really is what makes this computer special for me. If, on the other hand, you replace your computer every year, the jump will be much less appreciable.Engadget Reader10August 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!HATE IT!Engadget Reader90August 17, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 11, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100August 9, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Big Pros:Retina DisplaySpeed & PerformanceBuild QualityThin and light designKeyboardTrackpadStereo SpeakersQuietnessMagsafeIt runs OS XIt runs Windows!Small Pros:2 x Thunderbolts, USB 3Full-sized HDMI outFacetime HD CameraDuel MicrophonesNeutrals:iCloudSmall Cons:HeatScreen leaves ghosts/burn-insBattery Life is not as advertisedBig Cons:None that I can think ofThis is undoubtedly the best laptop ever made. If a person is willing to part with the mountains of cash it takes to get one, they couldn't be more satisfied with anything else at this point in time.Engadget Reader80August 9, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90August 9, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Overall this laptop is a huge improvement over my previous mid 2008 macbook. The speed of it is amazing. The retina display makes a huge difference when reading text. It does seems to get kind of hot when playing games like Starcraft 2, but it plays the game with no problems. I love that its 15 inches yet weighs the same as my old 13 inch.Engadget Reader90August 7, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The Retina MacBook Pro is a sleek and powerful system. The Retina display is superior to all other laptop screens (at the time of writing), while the Ivy-Bridge-Kepler-SSD combination provides essentially the best mobile performance available. However, 15" is not the best mobile form-factor and this system has extremely limited expandability.Engadget Reader90August 3, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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 (FINALLY!) so that should fix my problem, making this Beast the best of the best! I wonder why Apple missed the July shipping date on the FireWire adapter and why it couldn't be release on the day of announcement like the Ethernet adapter.As many will tell you, display is the killer feature! The lack of third party app (like twitter) is a pain to look at it with this screen but for all apple apps (I use Logic 9 with my music) it is gorgeous! The slim design and light weight of this 15in beast has my bandmate crying over with his MacBook air.Engadget Reader80August 2, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The screen is outstanding, obviously. And the machine feels really fast. Which is just as well because running Adobe Creative Suite alongside a Windows 7 virtual machine for browser testing was making my old MBP choke.The main comment I have is that the laptop is heavier than it looks. It's all very well shrinking it down and making it look ultra-sleek and slim. But when you lift it up, it feels about the same weight as my old MBP from 5 years ago. For me, the weight of a laptop is more important than whether it is 5mm thinner. [Update: I realised it is actually a whole 500g lighter than the outgoing 15" model so it has improved. I think the weight issue is more psychological: because it looks so thin, you expect it to be really light]Actually I'd rather have this laptop slightly thicker but bring back the ethernet port. How they think most professionals work without ethernet ports is beyond me. If you leave your thunderbolt adaptor in the wrong office then you could be stuck!And the price. It was painful. I'm able to deduct tax and reclaim the VAT but even so, I had to think long and hard before clicking that submit button.Storage: this is another issue. My old 500GB drive was practically full. So I'm upgrading to a new machine and spending thousands and still have the same amount of storage. I'm going to have to start carrying around an external portable hard drive. That's OK, but for the amount of money this thing costs, it is a bit annoying to have to compromise on this.But having said all this it really is a lovely machine. You feel like you've somehow got hold of a bit of technology from the future.Engadget Reader90July 30, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I do think expandability isn't the upgradability of the components alone, I really like the 2 thunderbolt and hdmi ports to connect external hardware. When I'm traveling, I don't always need a full powerhouse, but at home I do. These ports (paired with the USB3 ports) allow this without a lot of hassle.Overall, love the machine so far. It does come at a steep price, but after 3 days I think it's worth it. Although I might be blinded by the fact that this is my first laptop with a ssd. Once you pick it out of the box, you'll really notice how thin and light this is compared a normal 15" MBP, or almost every 15" laptop. I certainly appreciate this kind of portability.Engadget Reader80July 23, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I should start by saying I'm not going to 10/10 this lightly. In fact I'm going to avoid doing it at all. Realistically this is a wonderful laptop for me, but has serious flaws, and it remains to be seen how much those bite me in 18-24 months time.I absolutely love the display. Let me repeat again, the display is the best thing since sliced bread. Nothing exists in the market which can compete with it now, and Apple probably has this round won for another 9-15 months until someone else comes in with an IGZO panel or similar.Where the laptop falls down: Total inability to fix it yourself if it breaks. No ability to upgrade memory. No ability to upgrade SSD. No ability to change the battery without also changing parts of the case. Limited 3rd party options for any service, and Apple tends to be quite expensive outside warranty.What you get for the money is a class-leading display with top-notch performance and very reasonable battery life given its humming along only just shy of light speed.Engadget Reader100July 19, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Read comments for each section. Overall, it's an unbelievable laptop, with unbelievable performance. But it will leave your wallet empty.Also, once again, the display is absolutely gorgeous.Engadget Reader100July 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Awesome laptop. I cannot really compare it to anything in its league as it was an upgrade from a dell xps m1530 that was on its last leg, but I can say it is the greatest laptop i have ever owned and it was a great investment. The retina display is everything it was hyped up to be and more. The thinness of this laptop is mind boggling. Pictures really do not do it any justice. Living with it and owning it for a week now, I can say it is an amazing all around package. It is extremely light and portable for how big it is; it is very zippy (14 sec boot time!! o.O) and handles everyday tasks like a race car handles trips to the grocery store: begging you to let it do what it was made to do.Nino90July 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I just got my 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display delivered to my door. This is my first ever Apple computer as Iâ€™ve always been the â€œPCâ€ guy, but I must say I was a bit excited (but I didnâ€™t want to show it too much to my wife).Appleâ€™s announcement of their latest MacBook Pros at their last WWDC Conference couldnâ€™t have come at a better time. I was then in the market for Ultrabooks and was just waiting for the release of the newest Asus Zenbook Prime. But, as I followed the live blog of Appleâ€™s Keynote speech, I became convinced the MacBook Pro with Retina Display was what I was looking for as â€œmy next PC.â€So enough about the backstory and on to the unboxing photos and some first impressions, shall we?Let me start by saying, the box packaging is pretty impressive. It is simple yet so nice that I might decide to keep it as well, nicely tucked in one of the nooks of my home office.Lifting the MacBook Pro the very first time, I can feel its lightness compared to other PC laptops Iâ€™ve held before it. No more aching backs for me while carrying this around in my backpack!All the available ports are conveniently located on both sides. The speaker grills are nicely placed on either side of the keyboard. And as Iâ€™m writing this post, I can say typing is very comfortable because of the keysâ€™ tactile feedback and spacing. I can even adjust the brightness of the keysâ€™ backlight.The trackpad performs great too! It is very responsive and not too sensitive. And all the multi-touch gestures that can be done is just icing on the cake. The only thing I complained about at first is why it didnâ€™t register my taps as clicks. I thought having to click the trackpad all the time would be a pain. But luckily, all I had to do was to enable Tap to Click on the System Preferences. Now why is that not enabled by default?The only thing I worry about is that this doesnâ€™t have an optical drive. But come to think of it, it has been a while since I burned files on a CD or installed something from a CD. Most software installations can now be done just by downloading and running the executables. Sharing files has also become convenient through the use of USB Flash sticks and the cloud.Now letâ€™s talk about what makes this machine cool. The vents are barely noticeable, unobtrusively located on the sides and on the hinge of the Retina Display. And honestly, since I booted this, I havenâ€™t heard the internal fans go off and havenâ€™t felt a warm breeze coming out of the vents, like it is with the usual PC laptops Iâ€™ve used. However, the underside gets warm, so I donâ€™t advise placing it on top of bare laps for too long.Booting this up is such a breeze, taking maybe a second, and youâ€™re on your way to productivity. It is currently running Mac OS X Lion (version 10.7.4) but I was promised of a free upgrade to Mountain Lion once it is released. If you do get this, be sure to hit the Software Update button, since there will be software updates waiting for you.Apple keeps on touting its Retina Displays, but I honestly havenâ€™t noticed it. Yeah, the pictures and text are crisp and clear, but i donâ€™t really see anything special about it. Perhaps only when Iâ€™ve taken pictures at 40 megapixels or videos at 4K resolution, will I truly appreciate this display. I havenâ€™t tested the battery life yet, but if Apple stays true to what they say, then I should be able to expect 7 hours of unplugged computing with WiFi on.Conclusion:My first impression on the Macbook Pro with Retina Display is overwhelmingly positive. It got me convinced to finally appreciate a Mac. If youâ€™re looking for a professional-grade â€œultrabook,â€ I think this should be your top choice! Now I just have to figure out how to dual-boot this with Windows to do everything PCs can do. Then I wonâ€™t have to pretend Iâ€™m not excited about it!This review was first published on PinoyTechBlog.comEngadget Reader100July 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!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!Engadget Reader90July 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A wonderful machine overall.The display will spoil you - it is crisp and detailed; once you use this machine other displays will fall short. On top fo the display, the machine itself is lightweight, thin, and extremely portable. While the display and design are great, the display is not so bright compared to non-retina displays (a minor annoyance) and the computer itself is so-so performance-wise compared to a 2011 MBP.Would I purchase this machine again having used it for a few weeks? No, I'd stick with my 2011 MBP and wait for the second round of retina MBPs.Engadget Reader70July 12, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 8, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader20July 5, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - EngadgetEngadget Reader90July 2, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - EngadgetEngadget Reader100June 26, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Before the MacBook Pro with Retina Display I was using the one and only aluminum unibody MacBook introduced in Fall 2008. Less than a year later, the same model was updated to be what is now the 13" Pro. Though I probably needed to upgrade quite a while ago, I held onto it in hopes that a 15" MacBook Air would be released. While this isn't an Air, it's still incredibly thin and light considering how powerful it is.The display is the best I've ever seen on any device. Everything is crystal clear, the colors pop, and the viewing angles are excellent. Thankfully, I haven't seen any image persistence that some are reporting. Even 4 days after purchasing the computer I still lean close to the screen multiple times a day to see how smooth everything is. The computer is very powerful internally. I haven't done anything too taxing on the machine yet but it completes every process I've put it through quickly. Perhaps my favorite thing is how programs load instantly. I click on an icon and within a few seconds it's loaded and ready.Engadget Reader90June 21, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best computer i have ever owned, the display is fantastic with a much thinner bezel then the old MBP, very powerful, runs all apps and games with no problems, something that could not be said for my 2011 MBA.I have a thunderbolt display and a bad back so losing the optical drive, ethernet and FW is something i am very happy to give up in order to lose an extra pound from the laptop. I would of like to see 802.11ac since they are moving away from ethernet it would of made more sense, i guess it is something we can look forward to in 2013.Overall this is clearly the best laptop money can buy with just one issue, i am not crazy about the lack of upgradeability of the laptop, to a certain extent this is solved by offering 16GB of ram, something Apple never did before but i think Ivy Bridge supports up to 32GB.I think in the future if Apple is going to make their laptops impossible to tinker with they should make cheaper BTO options and more of them, would of loved a GTX 660 with 2GB option for this laptop.Engadget Reader90June 18, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So far I'm loving it. There are a few glitches with blurry apps and lag but I'm sure they will be resolved soon. I'm patient. Very happy with it.Engadget Reader80June 17, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!With an updated, even-thinner unibody design, gorgeous Retina display and stellar performance, it's hard not to fall for Apple's latest MacBook Pro. The Retina display is a little before its time and it is going to take web and app developers a while to adjust. Even though there is little doubt that the PC world is about 3 to 6 months away from heading in the same direction, where screen resolutions are concerned, it might take even longer than that for most of the web to come around to the idea of making desktop sites responsive to different screen sizes as it would have implications on content production costs, hosting and bandwidth. 'Til then, us MBP users with Retina displays will just have to get used to the odd pixelated image. The tradeoff is still worth it and the user-experience on the notebook does not really suffer that much for it. Where you might feel the pinch though is with standard definition and 720p videos, particularly on the web. Even then, it's not sharp and garish pixelation but sort of soft, fuzzy and blur, the kind of experience you might have on an older monitor; it doesn't really offend the eye. Upscaling for 1080p HD is great, however, and it has become one of my favorite screens in the house to watch a movie on. Battery Life is disappointing but only because my expectations have been set very high by Apple's previous models. We've been conditioned, by the last two revisions, to expect to make it through a whole workday on a Macbook Pro without having to lug around a power adapter. You can't last that long on this new MBP. I get between 5 and a half to 6 hours with just web browsing, email and music. If I play a video or open up photoshop, office or final cut, I get 3 to 4. It is comparable to the battery performance on my 3rd generation Macbook Air. The MBP's power brick is much larger and heavier though, and if you're spending a solid day in back to back meetings, having to lug it around with this 15 incher isn't a treat. Still, it's a small gripe for a notebook that definitely outlasts most of its Dell and HP branded brethren. The lack of expandability was a small issue for me, considering how much above market rate Apple charges for SSD storage and RAM. But the tradeoff is of course that sleek, beautiful design and the MBP's fuss free performance. There is so much depth of thought put into each design touch that I don't at all feel shallow for appreciating this book because of its cover. It's a beautiful piece of machinery that's a pleasure to use, even in the face of the most trying work projects. I recommend you seriously consider it as an option but go in with both eyes open and be sure its features and specs cover your needs. It won't make everyone happy, but it definitely pleases this Mac user.UPDATE July 18, 2012: Battery life has improved with recent software updates.Engadget Reader100June 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I can't speak to everything, but as a replacement to my old White, pre-Unibody MacBook, this thing is amazing. The screen is by far the most noticeable thing. It doesn't fully make sense until you launch something that hasn't been fully upgraded for retina displays. Everything is crisp and you forget that glare was really even a problem. I only notice the glare on the non-display, black edge of the screen, so it isn't really a problem at all.Engadget Reader100June 16, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Best computer I've ever owned. Amazing screen, thin and light, great battery life, and super fast.Engadget Reader90June 15, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!The focus here is on the retina display - its by far the best screen out there. The only issue you will come across with this screen is that not many things are optimized for it quite yet but this should be a temporary issue. Everything that is optimized is mind blowing. This is also the fastest Macbook pro ever made by far. I went from the first gen unibody 15" to this and the difference is unbelievable. When I take it out of my laptop bag it turns on instantly like an iPad. If I wanted to run some Diablo III on it, I have no performance issues with everything turned up. Its unreal.The downside to all this is your choices for hardware specs when you make this pricey purchase will stay with you for as long as you have it. There is no upgrade down the line and there are no changes to be made here. What you buy is what you stay with so choose wisely. The other issue is that for the base model Macbook Pro with Retina you only have 1 hard drive option. If you needed more than 256Gb of storage space then you have to go for the upgraded model and pay the premium.Overall anyone who gets this machine will likely know exactly what you are getting into and believe me you won't be dissappointed. Just don't let the shock and awe of seeing the screen cloud your judgement when making your hardware spec decisions.Engadget Reader60June 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pros: Size, Screen/RetinaCons: 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!Engadget Reader100June 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A gadget unicorn - Engadgettechnologyisevil80June 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So I bought this to replace my aging early 2008 MacBook Pro. I had to go for the 16GB RAM/512GB SSD option, mostly because I wanted the ultimate display and partly because I wanted something faster than I already have.What I like about it -1) The screen. When programs are retina-enabled, they look gorgeous. When the "resolution" slider is set to 1680x1050, non-retina programs are actually not all that bad looking; at 1440x900, you can tell what's retina-enabled and what's not. Colors are extremely vibrant, contrast is amazing, and video playback is very smooth. Portal 2's realism is enhanced further by this screen.2) For a 15" laptop, it doesn't feel like it.3) A pair of TB ports, which means you can use one for a Promise R6 and the other for an Apple TB display. Being that both ports are on separate controllers, you can saturate the R6's bandwidth and still have full performance from the ports on a TB display. (Speaking of, if you're wanting this laptop as a desktop replacement, you'll want the TB display for it's built-in gigabit ethernet, FireWire 800, integrated charger, and additional USB ports for stuff you wouldn't want to normally disconnect and reconnect.)4) USB 3 ports for faster access to flash drives and hard drives.5) The battery lasts 7 hours while using the HD4000 graphics and setting the screen at half of its brightness.6) CPU performance is amazing. Handbrake (which is CPU-only on Mac) seems to encode about 3 times faster on this processor than it did on my early 2008 MBP with a Core 2 Duo. I'm going to install developer tools to see what 2 core performance is like.What I don't like about it -1) The GPU. GT650 graphics are a little slow for this monster of a screen; I would have went with an HD7950 or a GT670 instead, because gaming does seem to get a little slow at the higher resolutions with additional features turned on.2) There's no clear upgrade path with the SSD at this time (proprietary), and RAM is soldered to the motherboard. Spring for the 16GB models, and the largest SSD you can afford.3) Let's talk about what it lacks - no Firewire, no eSATA, only two USB ports, and no ethernet. Which means you have to get a dongle for everything beyond the first two USB devices you use. Or a Thunderbolt Display. Or one of several expensive docking solutions, like the one from Belkin.4) The HD4000 IGP isn't useful beyond web surfing. If you try to do anything serious with the IGP, your head will probably explode.Having said this, the pros definitely outweigh the cons for me, mostly because of the video editing and graphics work I do. It is not the laptop for everyone, however, and I can't recommend it for those that just want something more basic; the updated 15 inch pro with the full array of ports and the lower resolution screens will work better for you.Engadget Reader60June 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!A really great display in a thin and light package is annoyed by some bugs and glitches, especially relating to sleeping, multi-monitor support, etc.Engadget Reader80June 14, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - EngadgetEngadget Reader80June 13, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Pros:- Retina Display- Great battery life- Lower noise than the previous MBP- Good specs (For the first time, apple uses latest gen graphics chip)Cons:- Scaling issues with text/icons- Can't choose the resolution manually (isn't this supposed to be "Pro")- Get's really hot- Expensive - Can't change the RAM/SSD myself- Changing the display in case you broke it is so hard- You can still hear the fanUpdate (June 18):- I don't like the keyboard. Even the Macbook Air offers a better keyboard. Small "Enter/Return" and not enough feedback.Engadget Reader60June 13, 2012Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Great laptop here but really had to fork over some change to get this piece. It's very fast and the screen is great with an overall great design but paying just over $3000.. not sure if it will happen again. I will be running windows on this piece anyway. The price is what lowers my overall rating. If this MacBook were $1700, it would be fantastic and comparable to a PC.
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