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

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

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2013, 15-inch screen)
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Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus
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Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro

Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro
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Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)

Apple MacBook Air (13-inch, 2013)
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Alienware 14 (Core i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GTX765M)

Alienware 14 (Core i7, 16GB, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GTX765M)
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Price $1,599 to $1,849 at 2 stores $1,399 to $1,523 at 3 stores $1,099 at 1 store $885 to $899 at 2 stores
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.5 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.6 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.4 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 2 reviews 5.0 stars out of 2 reviews 3.5 stars out of 11 reviews 4.0 stars out of 15 reviews 4.5 stars out of 5 reviews
Release date June 03, 2013 June 19, 2013 September 03, 2013 June 10, 2013 August 20, 2013
The Bottom Line 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. If you’re just looking for an all-around excellently made Windows touch ultrabook and don’t mind that it's on the expensive side (and doesn’t convert to a tablet), the improved Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus is worth the investment. 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. 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. Dell has revamped its gaming line, including the new Alienware 14. The design changes don't go nearly far enough, but no complaints about the performance.

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