MacBook Pro with Retina Display review – Should I buy the new MacBook Pro?

%image_alt%The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is available.  The new MacBook Pro has a new 15″ design as well as an iPad-like resolution and screen.  If you like the iPad, but miss having a real Mac operating system, this Mac is for you.

Let’s check out the notable updates:

  • Same incredible high resolution like the new iPad
  • Ridiculous speed with an Intel Core i7 Turbo Boost processor and 8-16GB of RAM.  Some servers aren’t as fast!
  • 256 – 768GB flash solid state storageApple support has ditched regular laptop hard drives for only SSD drives in the new MacBook Pros.
  • Only 4.5 pounds and .71 inches thick.  That competes with the MacBook Air’s portability!
  • Lots of fast ports – 2 Thunderbolts, 2 USB 3.0, 1 HDMI, and 1 SD slot%image_alt%

Unfortunately, the new MacBook Pro doesn’t have Firewire or Ethernet ports.  So, if you have a firewire external hard drive or just use a network cable connection for your Internet, you’ll need to use the Thunderbolt adapters.  Also, there is no built-in DVD/CD drive so you’ll need to purchase an additional USB Superdrive or just commit to using the cloud as Apple service folks are hoping.

Another shortcoming is that not all apps work with the Retina display.  Also, although Mountain Lion supports this new Mac, it will not come pre-installed if you buy early models.  Apple has been known to fail to include the latest operating system in the hopes of pushing out new laptop as fast as possible.  Don’t worry, the upgrade is only $20 so it’ s more of just the nuisance.  Mountain Lion is due to be released soon.

All negatives taken into account, the bottom line here is that if you want a desktop replacement, this is your computer solution It packs a lot of speed in a portable frame.  Yes, it cost $2,000 and some change, but if you’re serious about having serious Apple speed in a portable laptop, you should buy this.

By the way, Apple is betting the farm on the 15″ model as it has completely removed new 17″ models for the MacBook Pro series.  The Apple technical support staff is thinking that if you want something bigger than a 15″ Mac, then you’ll be more inclined to buy the iMac desktop model since you’re not going for portability with that big size screen anyway.


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