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Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (mid 2014)

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The new lineup includes five standard configurations. The $1299 system has a 13-inch Retina display, a 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (up from 2.4GHz is the previous $1299 model), 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and 8GB of RAM (up from 4GB). For $1499, you get the same system, but with 256GB of flash storage. The high-end 13-inch model, at $1799, includes a 2.8GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (up from 2.6GHz in the previous high-end 13-inch model), 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of fast flash storage. http://www.macworld.com/article/2460820/macbook-pro-mid-2014-review-minor-update-offers-slightly-better-cpu-performance.html
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The new lineup includes five standard configurations. The $1299 system has a 13-inch Retina display, a 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (up from 2.4GHz is the previous $1299 model), 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and 8GB of RAM (up from 4GB). For $1499, you get the same system, but with 256GB of flash storage. The high-end 13-inch model, at $1799, includes a 2.8GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (up from 2.6GHz in the previous high-end 13-inch model), 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of fast flash storage. http://www.macworld.com/article/2460820/macbook-pro-mid-2014-review-minor-update-offers-slightly-better-cpu-performance.html
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Weird to see me here right? I'm usually found in the motoring section of Shadow, writing professional car reviews. If I haven't written about your car or the car you're looking for, you can be sure that is coming. The reason why I'm here, is to tell you why the MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display is the best laptop in the world. Firstly, lets start with that Retina Display. To sum it up in one word, its gorgeous. For you videophiles, the resolution is 2560x1600. For everyone else, that translates to paper perfect sharpness. You really wont be able to tell pixels apart from each other. Viewing angles are brilliant, it's very bright, and colour reproduction is spot on. Some may complain that this is not a touch display, as some windows laptops offer, but why in the world would you want to smudge up this beauty with fingerprints? As for the rest of the design of the laptop, it is as you would expect from modern Apple. Durable, beautiful to look at and elegant. They've managed to shrink the overall footprint of the laptop from the non retina pro that came before it, and it lost a dramatic amount of weight. The overall result is a laptop that is easy to carry around, and, although heavier than the ultra-portable MacBook Air, still manages to beat most of its competition from other marques. I have found no other laptop that offers sturdiness and beauty of this level in such a svelte package. The weight distribution of it is bang on target, so if you want to open it with one finger you can without it losing balance. It is this attention to detail that sets this laptop apart (and something which you will hear about quite a few times in this review). In terms of ports, it is minimalistic in its offerings, but the important things are here. Two USB 3.0 Ports, two thunderbolt ports (not sure why), an HDMI port and SD card reader, and the obligatory headphone jack. Next, the internals. The processors begin at Intel Core i5 units, and go up to i7s. However these are not your low voltage ultra portable nonsense, this is the full fat stuff. What this means is that this laptop in any configuration is more than capable of handling the tough stuff, and everyday tasks are a breeze. This, combined with the 8GB of RAM means that it zips through apps like nobodies business. You click the little icon and bang the app opens. You really notice the speed when you first open this thing up, and begin to take it for granted after a while. Games like World of Warcraft and Tomb Raider don't cause much of a problem for it, as long as you have it on medium settings, and even GTA V will run if you install Windows (This is also a fantastic Windows machine). The next big talking point is battery life. I have found no other laptop that will consistently do 9 hours of intense web browsing on 3/4 brightness, and 12 hours of general use and movie watching. Remember that this is not an ultra portable, this is a full powerhouse for professionals. It makes me question why anyone would get the MacBook Air. The charger attaches magnetically, which is a nice touch, and it takes around two and a quarter hours from zero to full (again not a bad figure). The keyboard is also a lovely thing to type on. It has very good key travel, a strong back light, and a nice and spacious space bar. You'd be surprised how many companies get this wrong. The track pad is hands down the best in the business. Made of glass, so it feels good in the hand, it's big and spacious, with a large surface area to perform all the Multi Touch gestures that take your fancy. It really does eliminate the need for a touch screen, and it's good to see Apple focusing on refining the basics. Other things: The speakers are good, where other laptops sound like they are made of tin foil, they give a good bassy tune to them. The integration with the iPhone and iPad are unbeatable, and really does make you feel like the Apple ecosystem is worth the investment. So are there any negatives to this laptop? Some may complain that the lack of a CD drive and ethernet jacks will limit its functionality in some environments, and the fact that the RAM, HDD and motherboard are non upgradable will irk some. The biggest complaint is the price. Starting at $1,299, this is by no means a cheap laptop. There are cheaper alternatives from the competition. The competition also offers more storage at this point in the price range. Come on Apple, 128GB? That is stingy by anyone's account. Also the lack of a dedicated graphics card will put off serious gamers. However, these are minor complaints. This is a laptop with a gorgeous screen, which you'll be zipping through at very high speeds because of the strong internals, and be looking at it for a long time because of the very long battery life, listening to music with the bassy speakers, anywhere and everywhere because of the lightness and portability. No other laptop offers anything near the breadth of abilities that this machine has, and it is definitely the best all round laptop in the world.
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Brand: Apple
Laptop Type: Midsize
Description: The new lineup includes five standard configurations. The $1299 system has a 13-inch Retina display, a 2.6GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (up from 2.4GHz is the previous $1299 model), 128GB of PCIe-based flash storage, and 8GB of RAM (up from 4GB). For $1499, you get the same system, but with 256GB of flash storage. The high-end 13-inch model, at $1799, includes a 2.8GHz dual-core Core i5 processor (up from 2.6GHz in the previous high-end 13-inch model), 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of fast flash storage. http://www.macworld.com/article/2460820/macbook-pro-mid-2014-review-minor-update-offers-slightly-better-cpu-performance.html
Weight: 3.46
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Battery Performance
5
Keyboard & Mouse usability
2.5
Weight
5
Noise
4
Design
5
Display
3
Performance
4
Value
5
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