Apple MacBook Pro with Retina review

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We are impressed by the MacBook Pro with Retina. It's a very good-looking laptop, equipped with a fast Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, a fast Samsung SSD and an amazing display. It comes with two fast Thunderbolt connectors, two USB 3.0 and and HMDI port.

There is no dedicated network connector, which is a shame. On the other hand, the MacBook does have a fast integrated wireless network card that you access with an adapter via Thunderbolt or USB. Another drawback is the lack of upgrading options. iFixit completely disassembled a MacBook Pro with Retina, and concluded that there is nothing you can change or repair yourself. Apple used a lot of custom parts, soldered the memory to the motherboard and glued the battery to the chassis. If anything breaks, you are forced to let Apple repair it for you, even if it's just the battery that's dead.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (MC976N/A)

The answer to the question "What is the best laptop for MacOS X" is easy. It's this 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina. It's light-weight, powerful and has a fantastic screen. The same holds true for the Windows environment, unless you're a hardcore gamer. In that case you probably want a more powerful graphics card.

The price of the new MacBook Pro with Retina is rather high though. The entry-level version with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7, 256 GB SSD and 8 GB RAM costs £1,799. The 2.6 GHz version with 512 GB SSD costs £2,299. If that's still under your budget, you have the option of 16 GB RAM, a 768 GB SSD, and a faster Core i7 processor as well.

Even with the high price in mind, this is still a very unique and innovate laptop that combines high performance with low weight and good battery life, not to mention the beautiful display. The absence of upgrading options and the daunting price tag are not enough to prevent us from giving the MacBook Pro with Retina a Gold Award.

Apple MacBook Pro Retina

Apple offers one-year factory warranty. For more information on the warranty, you can go here.


two products discussed in this review

  Product Lowest price

Apple MacBook Pro Retina (MC975N/A)

Laptop, Intel Core i7 3615QM, 8 GB, 15.4 inch, 2880x1800, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, 256 GB, Mac OS


Apple MacBook Pro Retina (MC976N/A)

Laptop, Intel Core i7 3720QM, 8 GB, 15.4 inch, 2880x1800, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M, 512 GB, Mac OS

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