Reviews 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
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RCT SCORE 7.8 / 10

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Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro is the latest product to enjoy the benefits of a high-resolution 'Retina' display (found in the new iPad, the 15-inch MacBook Pro and the iPhone). That's 2560 x 1600 or 227 pixels per inch packed into the MacBook's 13-inch screen. The base model boasts a 2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (configurable to a Core i7 2.9GHz chip), 8GB of RAM, and 126GB of flash memory storage.

Weighing in at 3.57 pounds, the MacBook Pro sports a 720P webcam for video calls, two Thunderbolt outputs, two USB 3.0 outputs and an SDXC card slot. Apple says you can squeeze about seven hours worth of wireless Web surfing out of the MacBook Pro's battery.

The MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display starts at $1,699 and gets more expensive from there.

Reviewers were generally enthusiastic about Apple's newest laptop, but some were disappointed with the high price vs. the performance it is capable of.

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Not Yet Up to Par
It's the same thing with the 13-inch Pro - it's hard not to love this thing when you first see it. Just look at that screen. But you're paying a lot of money for a computer that once...
The Verge.com
 
A Sweet Spot for Performance
While the Air might be the smallest of Apple's notebook line-up, the 13-inch Pro hits a more palatable sweet-spot for balancing power, performance, and functionality.
SlashGear.com
 
Premium for the Retina
It isn't quite the perfect blend of Pro performance and Air panache we'd hoped for. That it's actually thicker than its big brother, the 15-incher, is a bit of a bummer but, with its...
Engadget.com
 
A MacBook for the Ultrabook Era
While the Retina MacBook Pro is easily the most desirable 13-inch Mac laptop to date, the high price and lack of discrete graphics make it a tough call versus either the more powerful...
CNET.com
 
If You Have the Means, It's So Choice
The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) is the best way to carry the pixels of a large-screen monitor with you on the road. It's ideal for people who make their living with...
PC Magazine.com
 
Another Great MacBook
The MacBook Air is still the choice for users for whom weight is a top priority-traveling business users or students who need to write papers in-between treks across campus. However,...
Macworld.com
 
Harder to Justify the High Price
In all, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is a compelling package. Anyone considering a high-end notebook should absolutely give it a closer look. But that doesn't mean it's...
Apple Insider.com
 
A Winning Formula
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a lot like the iPhone 5. Apple took a winning formula and perfected it by making it thinner, lighter and faster. But in this case the...
Laptop Mag.com
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