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Apple's faster, more affordable 13-inch Retina laptopPriced a little higher than the MacBook Air, Apple's Retina laptop finally doesn't fall far from the rest of the product line.
Hi. I'm Scott Stein. And this in front of me is the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display from Apple. A year ago, the retina display MacBook Pros hit in both 15 and 13-inch varieties and they were expensive especially of 13 for what it packed. It was $1,699, that's a lot to pay compared to the MacBook Air. But a year later, the MacBook Pro with retina is back and it's cost $1,299. I'd say only, but there are a lot of affordable laptops out there that cost $800 or so. In the Apple landscape, that is actually pretty affordable in the sense that it's only a $200 upgrade over the MacBook Air which starts at $1,099 in that 13-inch model. So now you got a choice. Maybe you make the retina MacBook Pro your retina Air of sorts. There is no retina equipped in MacBook Air but, the 13-inch Pro is kind of a substitute for that. It's 3.4 pounds so it doesn't feel as light as the-- slightly under 3 pound Air, but it does feel very compact about 0.7-inch thick and so it will slide very easily into a bag and actually it has smaller footprint than the air so you got a pretty solid feeling, pretty nice form and the same great keyboard track pad that are in the Air. And you are getting that display 2560x1600 that used to be something you would never seen on a 13-inch laptop. What you're getting here under the hood is a new 4th generation Core i5 processor codename Haswell. It also got 4 gigs of RAM and 128-gigabyte flash storage. You've got two thunderbolt two ports. You've also got HDMI and you've got the two USB 3.0. The only thing you're missing is Ethernet. No Ethernet here. Apple does not believe in Ethernet in these thin laptops. We've got 13 hours of battery life on our test, which is pretty fantastic. The 13-inch retina MacBook Pro also got pretty good package to me. I'm Scott Stein, and that's a look at the 13-inch MacBook Pro with retina display from Apple.