Pros Thin light weight design
Lightning fast port, literally
HDMI on this round of the Macbook Pro
Good options on ram
Cons Not a cheap laptop.
Not very user upgradable.
Summary Most people complain about the price.
Yet most have no idea that Apple spent nearly 1 Billion dollars developing the technology thats crammed into this 15" masterpiece. This is 100% innovation on Apples part.
You see people compare these computers to the likes of HP or Dell, but its just not an even comparison. You can not compare a Kia and a Porsche on the grounds they both have 4 wheels and drive. Its about the build quality, its about the support, its about the EXPERIENCE. Something Apple has proven time and time again you can usually only find with their products. So many companies are trying to copy the entire Macbook line up. Consumers should pay attention to that key factor. If a company like Dell or Hp has to clone the look and feel of a product just so you will buy it....why wouldn't you just buy the real thing.
The retina may soon be the most copied laptop on the market, it is sleek , powerful and versatile. If you can not afford the entry level or top end Macbook Pro retina , shoot for a $1199 Macbook Pro , you wont regret it.
Pros Retina display nothing short of immaculate, thin form, light weight.
Cons Price, GPU underpowered for 2880x1800, not user friendly for upgrades.
Summary Disclaimer: I love Apple laptops and have owned/used them since 2007, so my criticism is from a positive perspective. That being said, I find the new 15" MBP to be good, but not as great as it could have been. Retina display is simply amazing, but it needs a better GPU as the 650M isn't designed for such a high screen resolution. I love the thin/light form factor. My current MBP is the February 2011 model and it is noticeably thicker, though I still love its portability. Not all pleased that we can't upgrade the RAM/SSD - major misstep from Apple.
I was planning to replace my MBP with the new model, but as much as I love the retina display the drawbacks force me to pass. What I will do is buy a 15" model with the hi-res 1680x1050 display. It has a much better GPU than the AMD 6490M 256MG in my current MBP and it will do a great job at 1680x1050.
Now that my laptop needs are fulfilled, it's on to the fall when the iPhone 5 will be out. Can't wait!!
Pros Display, Flash drive, design, speed and connectivity
Cons None than I have faced yet
Summary After starting up the new MacBook pro with Retina display the first thing that hit me was the excellent display. I have never seen this good display on any computer before. Not only is it better than every laptop and desktop available today, it even better than most HDTVs and I am not talking about just resolution, it better in color reproduction also. The second thing I noted was just how fast the laptop was, I have used laptops with SSDs before and my current laptop has a Intel 510 series SSD in it, but its nowhere near this MacBook Pro.You disagree with what? The only thing that the X220 and 330 has over the MacBook Pro is the 20 hours battery life for that too you need 9 cell battery internal + external battery, which is not standard on the X series (with standard 4 cell battery its battery life is less than 4 hours. Otherwise the laptop is less than ordinary. It has dual core processor (compared to quad core on Pro), it has 1366 x 768 resolution (pro has four times the resolution 2880 x 1800), X series uses hard drives (pro comes with SSD standard), it has integrated HD4000 graphics (pro has GeForce GT 650M graphics) and finally the built quality can you even compare plastic with unibody design.
Also the USB 2.0/USB 3.0 ports on the laptop just works. Every USB stick (2.0 or 3.0) that I have put in the laptop just works. The laptop automatically switches from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 depending on the device attached. There is no drama like I have seen on some other laptops. And for Pro users two Thunderbolt ports are a blessing.
In short there is nothing comparable to the new MacBook Pro with Retina display on the market today, it is the best laptop available.
Updated on Jun 15, 2012
My JunkYardTM you are comparing a Junk yard X330 series laptop to a premium laptop.
Pros Never had an issue within warranty period
Cons Overpriced product
Cheap quality retina display(Will start producing dead pixels right after 1 year)
Summary I bought my Macbook Pro 13" Retina Display with 256 SSD a few weeks after its launch from JB-Hi Fi in Perth in October or November 2012. It served me well until the last month when a dead pixel has sprung into existence right in the middle of the screen. The only reason I bought this product was to enjoy the retina display technology and trust apple's history in delivering quality products for an elite cost.
Now I am stuck as the warranty has just run out on the product and I have a dead pixel right in the middle of the screen. A quick google search revealed that I am not the only one suffering from this dilemma with numerous retina display MacBooks have experienced dead pixel issues after 1 year. Thus I believe Apple products will not last after the mandatory 1 year warranty period and is a waste of good money to be spent on.
I should have bought a regular product with a regular screen which would have lasted longer. A regular screen is a much better pick than a retina display with dead pixels. I feel I payed the price to fly first class on a A380 but instead ended up receiving a budget airline service where I have to pay for my sandwich.
Strongly advice against purchasing the product.
Pros - Typical Apple outstanding build quality (very "shiny")
- Surprising light and thin frame for the hardware beneath
- Delicious high-resolution display
- Gutsy enough to withstand intense processing/ rendering
- Pretty good battery life
Cons - Usual windows-user gripes about OSX
- Expensive accessories
- Expensive machine, for that matter
- Shiny screen will attract marks
Summary Firstly, let me get this over with. I've always been a windows girl - so it was difficult to concede to buying a Macbook to begin with.
But seriously, this thing is wonderful. (Apart from the gaping, smoking hole it left in my wallet, *sob* )
Once I'd covered every inch of the thing in protection (and for what it's worth, I recommend investing in a screen protector at the very least) - I got to admire it properly, and as usual, Apple are genii (I think that's right) at their product design, and this is no different.
The resolution on this thing is mouth-watering, everything looks great, that's for sure. And that dedicated graphics card certainly doesn't hurt, either. Everything I've done on this, performance wise - including gaming, rendering, movies and surfing - has been flawlessly smooth and simple.
My only complaints are meagre - I still don't like OSX much (but I can boot windows so never mind), I'm terrified of scratching the thing (screen protectors, cases and taking off one's watch will help there), and the complaint that Apple is not content with vacuuming all your money out with one purchase; a keyboard, mouse and an extra charger will set you back another AUD $200 at the least.
While this is a wonderful laptop, I am still happy with my custom-built PC too, for a myriad of quirky reasons (and for this I am sort of relieved)
It's expensive, yes - but boy is it worth it.
If you can afford the mortgage, and you want the best all-round laptop you can buy - this is still the best contender.
And as a windows person... that's quite an admission.