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MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display Review and Specs

We haven’t reviewed many Mac products on our site and we think the going forward we should open up more for Apple products and maybe phones.  Today we take a look at the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display.  Now for all you Mac users that are use to the desktop versions this is a step down but for others it could be a step in the right direction.

If you are looking for raw power and depending on who you ask, affordability and portability this could be the laptop of choice.  The MacBook Pro for those who are still using desktops offers the ability to have the power and speed you need on the go.  To many the MacBook Pro Retina and the MacBook Air are about the same except the Pro has better screen resolution and options.

The new MacBook Pro 13 inch with Retina actually came out back in early of 2013 and people have been happy with it especially with the battery life of almost nine hours.  This was a new design for Apple and for the company it introduce a new line of laptops that were both thinner and lighter than the other generations for MacBooks.

View of Macbook Pro 13 Retina Display

The retina display MacBook Pro’s overall did not change much as for as the look goes.  Apple kept things simple as usual and with the new thin look it is extremely hard to tell the Pro from the Air.  The only thing that really points out is that the Air slopes to a wedge shape.  The MacBook Pro with Retina measures in at just 0.71 inches thick and weighs in at just 3.46 pounds.  No a lot of weight if you ask me though you will still have some people complaining about a few ounces here and there.

This Pro with Retina is more than light enough for you to use as a portable laptop and they are as sturdy as they come but what else would you expect from a Mac?  With the MacBook Pro with Retina you are also going to get better graphics than more and great performance not to mention a lot of ports.

Need ports?  Well the Pro is going to happily give you two USB 3.0 ports, a MagSafe 2 connector, dual Thunderbolts 2 ports, full-sized HDMI socket, SDXC card reader and a headphone/mic jack.  The smooth and seamless glass trackpad is as good and fluid as ever.


When taking a look at the display and sound quality this is something that the MacBook Pro with Retina does well.  The display is actually the same one that came in last’s years model and it is a stunning 2,560 x 1600 IPS display.  If you are trying to make out individual pixels good luck with that one.  The color is great and you have more than enough viewing angles as they are wide.  The low glare display finish also helps out a lot.  The view on this screen is both sharp and crisp though there are several other competitors out there that have screens that are just as good if not better.

The speakers are ok as they do tend to get loud and not crack however they are not the best speakers on a laptop that we have come across.  If you are wanting to just listen to a movie or a few tunes on the Mac this will do.  Don’t however expect Beats by Dre or Bose quality and a lot of bass.

For battery life you are going to get about nine hours of life which is about two more hours than you would get from the non-Retina model.  The Macbook comes with a 13.3 diagonal LED backlit display and while it does come with 2560 x 1600 resolution you still have your scale resolutions for those apps or programs that just won’t take advantage of the higher resolution.

The $1299.00 MacBook Pro we looked at comes with a 2.4GHz dual core Intel Core i5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz and 3MB of shared L3 cache.  For memory you will get 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory that can easily be configured to either 8GB or 16GB.

This Pro model with Retina display measures in at 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71 inches and weighs just under 3.5 pounds.   intel Iris graphics offers dual display and video mirroring as well as simultaneous support for full native resolution. The keyboard is full-sized and features backlit and 1 function keys and 4 arrow keys with ambient light señor.

The nave comes with OS X Mavericks and plenty of built in apps. Allong with the MacBook Pro with Retina display you will also get the MagSafe 2 Power Adapter, AC wall plug and power cord.  You can also configure these MacBooks to order if you please.  When it comes to whether or not you should get one there is really no reason to say no other than the price.  for $1299.00 there are a lot of other sub $500 dollar laptops on the market.

If you are really looking at a Mac make sure you are going to use it.  If you are looking for some with fast SSD speeds and good battery life and has superior quality the MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display is a no brainer.  Of course you could also take a look at the MacBook Air.

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