Is the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display better than all the top Windows Ultrabooks and assorted high-spec laptops we’ve ever used? Of course it is, but then we knew it should be.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Apple’s best-selling computer, and has been for a number of years. Until the price is lowered, I have a feeling the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina won’t be taking its crown.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro takes an already excellent machine and moves it a step further along. It satisfies the cries of those who last time around lamented the loss of FireWire. In its place we now have a non-replaceable battery, which no doubt will be a concern for some.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is clearly the best MacBook for most Apple Mac buyers — and the easiest to review. Why? The “early 2015” model of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has all the core features most people need and want in a laptop — excellent overall computing performance, a sharp screen, decent battery life, and a solid and dependable form factor.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has been in Apple’s notebook lineup for years — the solid aluminum unibody frame is large enough to hold (and cool) a powerful 2.7 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor that can ramp up to 3.1 GHz with Turbo Boost when your computing situation needs it. The base model has 8GB of 1866 MHz LPDDR3 memory along with 128GB of fast flash storage.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display easily fits within the shape of the much larger 15-incher.
Last year’s 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display was a bit of an odd duck. There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.
In terms of hardware the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina is state-of-the-art. It has an Intel 7 series chipset, and the processor is from the Ivy Bridge generation. Like the ‘normal’ 13-inch MacBook Pro it only comes with dual-core processors, so if you want a powerhouse you will need to get the 15-inch model. The standard configuration consists of a dual-core 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 (Intel Core i5-3210M) with a turbo of 3.1 GHz. Another option is a 2.9 GHz dual-core Intel Core i7-3520M with a turbo of 3.6 GHz. Apple MPDK2LL/A 13″ MacBook Pro, Retina, Touch Bar, 3.3GHz Intel i5 Dual Core, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD, Space Gray
On the other hand, Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro has a single camera that can only record 750p or HD video, giving you a not so sharp video calling. In terms of ports, this is one of the device’s downsides as it only offers a headphone jack, two Thunderbolt 3 USB-C ports and has no SD card slot. In terms of battery life, Apple’s 13-inch laptop can last up to 10 hours. Its base level costs approximately $1,499 and its highest configuration cost $2,699.