June 13, 2012

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (mid 2012)

A concise, informative review of Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display by Tim Stevens, writing for Engadget:

"Is this the best Mac ever? You can't ignore the Air as an amazing piece of machinery, especially with the new, higher-powered Ivy Bridge processors and faster SSDs tucked inside its wedge profile. But, this new Pro is on another level of performance. With a quad-core processor and up to 16GB of RAM it's a proper beast -- a proper beast that you can throw in your messenger bag and carry around all day without spending all night complaining about an aching back."

This new machine is very fast, very beautiful, and fairly expensive. That's a departure for Apple, which has made it their business to sell top-shelf laptops for about the same price, or lower, than comparably equipped Wintel machines.

Then again, no-one else sells laptops with Retina displays, so Apple is leading a new tier of top-shelf with this new machine.

All-in-all, I'd opt for the refreshed 13-inch MacBook Air with 8-GB SDRAM and a 256-GB SSD for $1600 and call myself well-pleased, rather than part with $2200 for a 2-inch larger (but higher resolution) display on the new 15-inch MBP/Retina. Call me cheap.