How low can the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro go? $1,299

The price of 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro has been slashed $200 by one retailer.

It's pretty obvious that Apple overpriced the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro by a long shot.
It's pretty obvious that Apple overpriced the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro by a long shot. Apple

The 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro has plunged to $1,299 at one retailer, a whopping $400 off its original price.

The model debuted at $1,699 in October. But it didn't take long for Apple to cut the price to $1,499 in February after widespread discounting from retailers such as Best Buy, Fry's Electronics, and MacMall.

Today we have new low, courtesy of MacConnection: $1,299.

It's obvious now that the original pricing on the Retina MBP was a miscalculation by Apple. And the additional $200 discount at MacConnection may indicate that $1,499 may still be too high.

What gives? While the higher-cost 13.3-inch Retina display is stunning, there isn't much more about the model that's mind blowing enough to warrant such a high price.

For instance, it's not particularly lightweight at about 3.6 pounds. And while its mainstream Core i5 processor is faster than the MacBook Air's power-efficient variety, the silicon doesn't scream like the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (which combines a quad-core Core i7 with Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics). At 128GB, the 13.3 MBP's solid-state drive storage is average too.

Then there's the matter of Google's Chromebook Pixel, which bests the MBP in a few key areas: it has higher pixel density (239 pixels per inch versus the MBP's 227), has a touch screen, and can be configured with internal 4G.

And the base Pixel model is priced at $1,299.

But that doesn't mean the Pixel is jumping off the shelf either. The 64GB model with 4G/LTE is priced at $1,449, only a little less than the base 128GB 13 Retina MBP as sold by Apple.

Google's Chromebook Pixel has trumped the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro in some key hardware metrics
Google's Chromebook Pixel has trumped the 13.3-inch Retina MacBook Pro in some key hardware metrics. Stephen Shankland/CNET

[Via AppleInsider ]

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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