Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review & Specs

By Muhammad Faisal 0 comments
Go on, get your face right up close - the Retina MacBook Pro's display has three million more pixels that a 1080p TV. But, is it more than just a pretty picture

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.

MacBook Pro Retina Specs

CPU Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge @ 2.6GHz
RAM 15.4in/39.1cm IPS (2880x1800)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 / Nvidia GeForce GT 650M
Storage 512GB SSD (configurable to 768GB)
OS OSX Mountain Lion
Connectivity Thunderbolt (x2), HDMI, USB 3.0 (x2), SDXC, 3.5mm headphone socket, Wi-Fi (802.11n), Bluetooth 4.0

Blogging Hub Says

More than just a fancy screen, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the best laptop that (lots and lots of) money can buy

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