Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina review

The amazing display in a smaller package



Speculation about upcoming Apple products seems to have become a hobby for many. The iPad Mini certainly was not a surprise anymore when it was officially launched, so the other news Apple released that day was much more exciting. The iPad 4 was announced, more information came out about the new Mac Mini, and the sleek new Apple iMac was presented. The 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina also received some attention, and Hardware.Info has now tested it to find out what it has to offer. Is it as impressive as the 15-inch model?

Apple MacBook Pro (MD213N/A)

Apple's laptops always have that trademark stylish and sleek design, and the new 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is no exception. It has an aluminium unibody, with the illuminated Apple logo on the top. The black keyboard is backlit, the keys have a light but clear touch, and there is a huge, glass touchpad.

The Retina display has a resolution of 2560x1600. This provides a very sharp picture, but slightly less so than the 2880x1440 display of the 15-inch model. Apple is no longer the only one with a very high resolution screen, the Samsung Google Nexus 10 that was announced last week has the same resolution in a smaller screen.

Apple MacBook Pro (MD213N/A)

The IPS display has excellent viewing angles. The high resolution makes it possible to see a Full HD image in a window at full resolution. Apple's MacOS X scales nicely with the high pixel density, but the same can't be said for Windows where everything becomes very tiny. There is a drawback of having such a high-resolution display, because you see the flaws very clearly in lower-quality photos, videos and especially websites.


two products discussed in this review

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Apple MacBook Pro (MD212N/A)

Laptop, Qwerty, 8 GB, 13 inch, 2560x1600, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 128 GB, Mac OS


Apple MacBook Pro (MD213N/A)

Laptop, Qwerty, Intel Core i5 3210M, 8 GB, 13.3 inch, 2560x1600, Intel HD Graphics 4000, 256 GB, Mac OS

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