Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2012)
The first redesigned Apple laptop in years, the very thin (but not MacBook Air-thin) Retina Display Pro isn't technically an ultrabook, but it manages to fit a quad-core processor and high-end graphics, along with the highest-resolution laptop display available, into an extremely slim body. If you can afford it, this is the best MacBook out there right now.
- Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
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Starting at: $1,749.99
The good: The unprecedented high-resolution screen on the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display makes images -- even simple text -- look beautifully clear. Despite a redesigned, lightweight body, the powerful components, including an Nvidia GPU, compare well to recent high-end desktop replacements. Overdue new ports, including USB 3.0 and HDMI, are welcome.
The bad: With a $2,199 entry-level price tag, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display costs more than the typical American mortgage. The lack of onboard Ethernet jack, FireWire, or an optical drive can be inconvenient at times. Despite being thinner and lighter, it's not as travel-friendly as a true ultrabook or MacBook Air.
The bottom line: The newly redesigned MacBook Pro with Retina Display combines an amazing screen with just enough of the MacBook Air design to feel like a new animal, and to take its place as the best of the current MacBook breed.
October 31, 2012 3:21 PM PDT
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