Apple MacBook Pro: Review

The 2012 MacBook Air and Pro lineups have been updated to Intel’s third-generation Core i-series processors, which are also known as Ivy Bridge. Now this new MacBook Pro with Retina Display starts out from there.

The best is the new Retina Display. Its resolution is 2,880×1,800 pixels, providing a level of detail never seen on a laptop before. The highest standard Windows laptop screen resolution is 1,920×1,080 pixels, the same as an HDTV.

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display, while expensive, is the best all-around MacBook Apple now makes and if you need a built-in optical drive or Ethernet jack, both are available via external dongles or peripherals. It provides desktop-replacement-level performance, but is slim.

Price as reviewed $2,199
Processor 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM
Memory 8GB, 1600MHz DDR3
Hard drive 256GB SSD
Chipset Intel HM77
Graphics NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M / Intel HD 4000
Operating system OS X Lion 10.7.4
Dimensions (WD) 14.1 x 9.7 inches
Height 0.7 inch
Screen size (diagonal) 15.4 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter 4.6/5.4 pounds
Category Midsize

The new, thinner 15-inch MacBook Pro is not an ultrabook or an ultrathin laptop, nor is it a full mid size laptop. Instead, it takes features from both sides.

At 0.7 inch, it’s nearly as thin as a MacBook Air, at least the thicker end of that tapered system. But it’s heavier than it looks, closer to a Pro, at 4.6 pounds.

The speakers are on either side of the keyboard. The keyboard and trackpad are essentially the same as seen on the last several generations of MacBook. And the trackpad, with its multi finger gestures, remains the industry leader.

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