With 2880x1800 pixels jammed into a 15in/38cm screen at 220ppi, there's no laptop screen quite like the Mac Pro's Retina display: its letter definition is almost as good as a printed page. Right now most apps aren't optimised and can look smudgy, but that's set to change. When it does, you'll never want to go back.
With a quad-core i7 Ivy Bridge processor, a decent graphics cad and SSD storage, the Retina Pro tears through photo and video editing tasks and runs most games at its native resolution with simply gorgeous results. For other desktop apps it's as quick as almost any PC.
There's just two USB3.0 ports and no Ethernet. A pair of fast Thunderbolt ports pick up the slack - plug in an Ethernet or Firewire adapter, or an external hard drive for blazing back up. Another USB would have been nice; still, a full-size HDMI port is a rare, and welcome, capitulation from Apple.
Screen and innards aside, this is one gorgeous machine. Its tapered corners and DVD drive-less flanks give it a max height of just 18mm, and at 2kg it's slighter than its 13in/33cm MacBook Pro cousin. If you need a 15in/38cm workspace, the Retina is the least cumbersome way to get it.
Also Consider...15in/38.1cm MacBook Pro (2.3GHz)
|It's slightly heavier, slightly slower and it doesn't have that amazing Retina screen, but then again in it's also at least cheaper, easier to upgrade and, frankly, the more sensible choice. All of which means we're never going to recommend it over the far more thrilling Retina version. That said, it's still much better than most.|