Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

 
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro
MacBook Pro

 
Overview
 

Manufacturer:
 
Release Date:
 
OS: ,
 
The Screen: 13-inch Retina Display.
 
The Weight: 3.46 pounds (1.57 kg)
 
The Design: The MacBook pro is beautifully manufactured. It is one of the most beautiful laptops I have ever seen.
 
The Processor: 128GB and 256GB models come with a 2.4GHz Intel Core i5. 512GB: 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 (both can be boosted to an Intel Core i7).
 
The RAM: 128GB model: 4GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory, configurable to 8GB or 16GB.
256GB and 512GB models: 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory, configurable to 16GB.
 
The Graphics: It features a stunning Retina display with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.
 
The Hard Disk: 128GB, 256, 512GB
 
The Battery Life: While Apple says it has a battery life of about 9 hours. This laptop has lasted me about 11 hours on average use.
 
The Keypad: The Keys on the keyboard are spaced to help you type faster, with less errors.
 
Value for Money: This notebook is a bit pricey, but it does more than what it's supposed to do.
 
Screen
95%


 
Design
80%


 
Performance
87%


 
Keypad
98%


 
Battery Life
80%


 
Value
85%


 
Total Score
88%


User Rating
no ratings yet

 

Positives


1. Screen Resolution (Retina)
2. Thunderbolt Display Port
3. Solid State Drive
4. Easy to Use software.

Negatives


1. Expensive
2. Nonexpendable SSD
3. No Disk Drive (CD)


Bottom Line

The MacBook Pro is a beautifully manufactured laptop that offers superior performance and a stunning retina display. If you don’t mind the extra weight, it’s definitely worth buying over the Macbook Air for the excellent graphics performance.

0
Posted January 11, 2014 by

 
How To Buy
 
 

Full Review

This time around, as you’d expect, Apple used Haswell processors, though it also went with Intel’s brand-new Iris and Iris Pro chipsets, which haven’t actually been used in that many notebooks yet. And, in the case of the 13-inch model, it’s cheaper too: the starting price is now US$1,299, versus US$1,699 a year ago… more importantly, with a lower price, lighter design and a claimed 10 hours of battery life, is it starting to veer into MacBook Air territory?

They were deliciously thin, yes – especially compared to the legacy models – but you would never have mistaken the 13-inch one for an Air. To be honest, you still wouldn’t, but on the continuum that separates the Air and MacBook Pro, the 13-inch Retina model is starting to look more and more like an Ultrabook. Really, if you were to stack them one on top of the other, you’d only be able to tell the difference because of the Air’s signature wedge shape. And that’s more of a cosmetic flourish than anything else; it’s not like the MBP is a fatso or anything.

Well, not a fatso, but it is noticeably heavier at 3.46 pounds, compared with 2.96 for the Air. All told, the new Pro is light enough that I was easily able to tote it around in my pack for a weekend without any strain. But listen carefully because this trade-off is ultimately going to decide your purchasing decision: Given that these two machines cost about the same and each deliver long battery life, you’re only going to pick the heavier one if you need the spectacular graphics performance.

Step up to the Pro and you’ll get two USB 3.0 ports, along with a full-sized HDMI socket, SDXC card reader, a headphone jack, dual Thunderbolt 2 ports and a MagSafe 2 connector. Aside from the move to Thunderbolt 2 from regular, old Thunderbolt, this is the same selection of ports as on last year’s model. As ever, too, the port selection is exactly the same on the bigger 15-inch version, so it’s not like you gain anything by moving up in size (except for, you know, more screen real estate).

Lift up the lid, and you’ll see the MBP sports the same island-style keyboard as the last generation, with springy, well-spaced buttons and a strong white backlight emanating from underneath. Incidentally, when we installed Windows 7 on a separate partition, the trackpad worked just as well in Windows as it did in OS X.

Although the MacBook Pro’s Retina display is important enough that it belongs in the headline, it’s nothing you haven’t seen before. This is the same 2,560 x 1,600 IPS display used in last year’s model, and it’s as lovely as ever. Color reproduction is good; viewing angles are wide; and individual pixels are, indeed, impossible to make out when you’re sitting a natural distance from the screen. Even if the resolution was lower and we could spot some pixels, it would still be a nice panel, thanks to the very low-glare finish. Throughout testing, I used the MBP in a variety of lighting conditions, from a harshly lit office to an airplane seat, with sunlight streaming through the window next to me.

Find the most competitive prices for theĀ Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch by viewing the table below. If viewing from a mobile device please click on + to get more information.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch

[flatable product_name=’apple macbook pro 13 -charger -case’ product_columns=’merchant_name|img|product_name|price|more’ product_img_class=’imgResizeClass’]

Accessories

[flatable product_name=’apple macbook pro 13′ product_columns=’merchant_name|img|product_name|price|more’ product_img_class=’imgResizeClass’]

Did you enjoy this review? If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below and don’t forget to give it a rating so that we can tally the total user ratings. If you have spotted a factual error in the review, please let us know here.

Steve

 


0 Comments



Be the first to comment!


Leave a Response

(required)


eight − = 5