Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch) comparison

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13.3-inch)
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)

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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 13-inch screen)

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Price $1,999 at 1 store $879 to $899 at 2 stores $1,769 to $1,999 at 2 stores $1,099 at 1 store $1,199 to $1,299 at 3 stores
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 11 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 11 reviews 5.0 stars out of 5 reviews
Release date September 11, 2012 June 10, 2013 June 03, 2013 September 03, 2013 October 22, 2013
The Bottom Line While the Retina MacBook Pro is easily the most desirable 13-inch Mac laptop to date, the high price and lack of discrete graphics make it a tough call versus either the more powerful 15-inch Retina Pro or the more affordable 13-inch Air. Apple keeps the latest MacBook Air updates on the inside, but greatly improved battery life and a lower starting price make up for a lack of flashy design changes. The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal. A major update to our favorite Windows 8 hybrid, the IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro is still a better laptop than tablet, but the new version adds a future-proof better-than-HD display at a great price. There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.

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Product Description Apple MacBook Pro MacBook Pro (fall 2012) - 13.3 in - 3rd Gen Core i5 - Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion - 8 GB RAM - 128 GB
SSD
MacBook Air - 128 GB
Apple MacBook Air - 13.3 in - Core i5 - Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion - 4 GB RAM Flash storage SSD
- 15.4 in - 4th gen Core i7 - 8 GB RAM - 256 GB SSD
- 13.3 in - 4th gen Core i3 4010U - Microsoft Windows 8.1 - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
- 13.3 in - 4th gen Core i5 - 4 GB RAM - 128 GB SSD
Packaged Quantity 1
1
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Software Included Apple iCal
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Spotlight
Drivers & Utilities
Apple Address Book
Apple Safari
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple iLife
Apple Time Machine
Apple Quick Look
Photo Booth
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple Versions
Apple AirDrop
Apple Auto Save
Apple Resume
Apple QuickTime
Apple iTunes
Apple Dashboard
Notification Center
Drivers & Utilities
Apple iLife '11
Apple Safari
Apple DVD Player
Apple Mac App Store
Apple Launchpad
Apple Mission Control
Apple FaceTime
Apple Automator
Apple Image Capture
Apple Dictionary
Apple Calculator
Apple Preview
Apple System Preferences
Apple TextEdit
Apple Stickies
Reminders
Apple Time Machine
Calendar
Contacts
Notes
Dictation
iCloud
Photo Booth
Messages
Apple AirPlay
Game Center
Apple Mac OS X Chess
Apple Mac OS X Mail
Apple AirDrop
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Battery up to 7 hour(s)
up to 12 hour(s)
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System Type Notebook
Notebook
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Display 13.3 in 2560 x 1600
LED backlight
13.3 in LED backlight 1440 x 900 / WXGA+
15.4 in 2880 x 1800
13.3 in 3200 x 1800
13.3 in 2560 x 1600
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
Intel HD Graphics 5000
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Operating System Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion
Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Info unavailable Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Storage 128 GB
SSD
128 GB
Flash storage SSD
256 GB SSD
128 GB SSD
128 GB SSD
Dimensions (WxDxH) 12.4 in x 8.6 in x 0.7 in
12.8 in x 8.9 in x 0.7 in
14.13 in x 9.73 in x 0.71 in
15.5 mm
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Weight 3.57 lbs
3 lbs
4.46 lbs
3.1 lbs
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Optical Drive Info unavailable None
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Networking 802.11n None
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 4.0 None
802.11ac
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Processor Intel 3rd Gen Core i5 2.5 GHz
( 3.1 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel
Core i5 4 1.3 GHz ( 2.6 GHz ) / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i7 2 GHz / 6 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i3 4010U / 1.7 GHz / 3 MB Cache
Intel 4th gen Core i5 2.4 GHz / 3 MB Cache
Memory 8 GB
DDR3L SDRAM
4 GB LPDDR3 SDRAM
8 GB
4 GB
4 GB
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