The Good The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has phenomenal battery life, better-than-average integrated graphics, faster Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower price than last year.
The Bad Still expensive if you plan to add more storage or RAM; no extra Nvidia graphics option as on the 15-inch version; yes, it’s thicker and heavier than an Air.
The Bottom Line 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.
|Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2013)||Lenovo Yoga 920||Dell Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop||Dell XPS 13 (late 2017)||Apple MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (15-inch, 2017)|
|Price||$1,500 Amazon.com||$1,299 MSRP||$950 Dell, Inc.||$1,000 Dell, Inc.||$2,249 Amazon.com|
Not a Retina MacBook Air, but awfully close
Last year'swas a bit of an odd duck. Yes, it was the Retina Display-equipped 13-inch MacBook everyone had been waiting for, but it wasn't the powerhouse performer the 15-inch version was, and it cost a lot more than a MacBook Air.
This year it's back in a more powerful, less expensive package that makes a lot more sense: it's now a Retina laptop that people can actually afford.
The 13-inch MacBook Pro (let's agree to call it that, even though) is still a tweener among Apple laptops: it's heavier and thicker than the Air. The Air has better battery life. But the Retina Pro has a beautiful, far crisper screen, and better graphics. No, the 13-inch Retina Pro doesn't have the workhorse quad-core processor or extra Nvidia graphics of the . It's not the same computer. But, it's not the same price, either: the entry-level 15-inch model is $700 more. The 13-inch MacBook Pro is Retina for Everyone...provided you can afford $1,299 for a laptop.
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