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Apple Macbook Pro with Retina display review

Super screen, fast performance, slimmed down 15in model, but usual hefty Apple price tag
Thu Jun 21 2012, 12:47
New Apple Macbook Pro with Retina display

Product Apple Macbook Pro with Retina display
Website Apple
Specifications Intel quad-core 2.6GHz Core i7 processor, 8GB DDR3 memory, 512GB SSD drive, Intel HD Graphics 4000 GPU, Nvidia GeForce GT 650M 1GB graphics card, 15.4in LED backlit 2880x1800 Retina display, 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, 2x Thunderbolt, 2x USB 3.0, HDMI, SD card reader, headphone jack, 95Whr lithium polymer battery, Mac OS X Lion, 359x247x18mm, 2.02kg
Price £2,299

UNVEILED AT WWDC in mid-June, the Retina display brings the Macbook line up to speed with the Ipad and Iphone. We've been testing the 15.4in 2.6GHz model to see if the display translates well onto a laptop and if the addition is worth an upgrade.

The Macbook Pro with a Retina display is even sleeker than its predecessors. At only 18mm thick, the aluminium unibody machine has more the look of a Macbook Air than some of the older generations of Macbooks.


The Retina model features the same glass trackpad and backlit keyboard as the previous generation of Macbook Pro laptops. The trackpad lets you scroll, pinch to zoom, swipe and click, while the keyboard is a pleasure to use, both in good lighting conditions and darker environments, with the keys requiring only the lightest of touches. The speakers sit either side of the keyboard, and the sound quality is clear and loud.

Although the design is very similar to the older models, one immediate improvement is the weight, with the 15in Retina model knocking off half a kilo, down to 2.02kg compared to the 15in Macbook Pro model at 2.56kg. We think the sleek and slimline design also helps to give the Retina version a lighter feel than chunkier laptops out there of the same weight.


The 15in Retina model's weight is more in line with that of the 2.06kg 13in Macbook Pro, an impressive feat by Apple to pack in so much extra power and a larger display while reducing the heft.

The 359x247mm Macbook Pro has a 15.4in screen that is encased completely in glass, with black edging around the display area that is narrower than on other models, giving more of the screen panel to the display area.


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