Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

  |   by NotebookReview Staff

Apple’s professional grade notebook line features a 15-inch, 2880×1800 resolution Retina Display, dual Thunderbolt ports, the latest Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce graphics, USB 3.0, solid state storage, no optical drive, a backlit keyboard, all aluminum construction, and a non-removable battery. This 4.46-pound laptop measures just 0.71 inches thick.

  • Display: 15.4-inch glossy 2880×1800 display
  • Operating system: Mac OS X 10.7.4 “Lion”
  • Processor: Intel Core i7-3615QM quad-core processor (2.3GHz up to 3.3GHz Turbo Boost, 6MB cache, 45W TDP)
  • Graphics: Integrated Intel HD 4000 + NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M switchable graphics
  • Memory: 8GB DDR3L SDRAM (soldered to mainboard)
  • Storage: 256GB Solid state flash storage, proprietary form factor
  • Networking: Gigabit Ethernet (via Thunderbolt – Ethernet dongle, sold separately)
  • Wireless networking: 802.11a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0
  • Webcam: Integrated HD webcam + Microphone array
  • Warranty: 1-year limited warranty
  • Battery: 95WHr Lithium-polymer, non-removable, glued to case
  • Weight: 4.46 lbs
  • Dimensions: 14.13 x 9.73 x 0.71 inches

  • Pros

    • Screen, screen, screen!
    • Thin
    • Strong performance
    • Excellent speakers
  • Cons

    • Very expensive for performance level
    • Increased costs for repair and battery replacement
    • Few applications ready for Retina at this time
    • Performance issues with some browsing

Quick Take

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a bit of the past and a bit of the future, wrapped up into one tasty, toasty present. Brilliant screen meets refined design.

Read Our Full Review: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review (2012)

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