Hands-On Review: Apple Macbook Pro Retina

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Johnny Ive, Senior Vice President of Industrial Design at Apple, describes the new MacBook Pro with Retina display as “…the very best computer we’ve ever built.” Offering new levels of capability in terms of image resolution and the ability to connect bandwidth-hungry peripherals, it’s an ideal portable computer for photography and video production. The Retina display provides an unparalleled level of accuracy for reviewing your images, and it’s 25% thinner, 25% more lightweight and up to four times faster than the previous generation of MacBook Pro. With two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI output and an SDXC card slot, it offers plenty of horsepower for connectivity. Take a closer look in our hands-on video, where we push it to its limits by connecting two 27” Thunderbolt Displays, a 27” LED Cinema Display and a host of other data-intensive gear.


 
  2.3 GHz 2.6 GHz
Processor 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo boost up to 3.3 GHz)  2.6 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo boost up to 3.6 GHz) (Configurable to 2.7 GHz with Turbo boost up to 3.7 GHz)
Cache 6.0MB shared L3 6.0MB shared L3
Memory 8.0GB 1600 MHz DDR3L onboard (Configurable to 16GB) 8.0GB 1600 MHz DDR3L onboard (Configurable to 16GB)
Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1.0 GB GDDR5 memory, automatic graphics switching
Intel HD Graphics 4000
NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1.0 GB GDDR5 memory, automatic graphics switching
Display Retina Retina
Size 15.4" (39.1 cm) 15.4" (39.1 cm)
Backlight LED LED
Native Resolution 2880 x 1800 (220 pixels/in.) 2880 x 1800 (220 pixels/in.)
Supported Resolutions 1920 x 1200
1680 x 1050
1280 x 800
1024 x 640
1920 x 1200
1680 x 1050
1280 x 800
1024 x 640
Dual Display Yes: Simultaneous support for full native resolution on built-in display plus up to 2560 x 1600 on up to 2 external displays, with millions of colors Yes: Simultaneous support for full native resolution on built-in display plus up to 2560 x 1600 on up to 2 external displays, with millions of colors
Video Mirroring Yes Yes
Storage Flash - 256GB  Flash - 512GB (Configurable to 768GB)
Optical Drive N/A N/A
Ports 2 x Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps)
2 x USB 3.0 ports (up to 5.0 Gbps)
Accepts Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter (sold separately)
Accepts Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter (sold separately)
MagSafe 2 power port
2 x Thunderbolt ports (up to 10 Gbps)
2 x USB 3.0 ports (up to 5.0 Gbps)
Accepts Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter (sold separately)
Accepts Thunderbolt to FireWire adapter (sold separately)
MagSafe 2 power port
Display Thunderbolt digital video output
HDMI port
Mini DisplayPort output
DVI output via Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (sold separately)
VGA output via Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (sold separately)
Dual-link DVI output via Mini DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter (sold separately) 
Thunderbolt digital video output
HDMI port
Mini DisplayPort output
DVI output via Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (sold separately)
VGA output via Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter (sold separately)
Dual-link DVI output via Mini DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI adapter (sold separately) 
Audio Stereo speakers
Dual microphones
Headphone port: support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
Support for audio line out
Stereo speakers
Dual microphones
Headphone port: support for Apple iPhone headset with remote and microphone
Support for audio line out
Expansion Slots SDXC card slot  SDXC card slot
Network Gigabit Ethernet (via adapter) Gigabit Ethernet (via adapter)
Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11n (IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible) IEEE 802.11n (IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible)
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Webcam 720p FaceTime HD camera 720p FaceTime HD camera
Operating System OS X Lion (Free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion) OS X Lion (Free upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion)
Security Not specified by manufacturer Not specified by manufacturer
Keyboard Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted T arrangement) with ambient light sensor Full-size backlit keyboard with 78 keys, including 12 function keys, 4 arrow keys (inverted T arrangement) with ambient light sensor
Pointing Device Multi-touch trackpad for precise cursor control
Supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag
Multi-touch trackpad for precise cursor control
Supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three-finger swipe, four-finger swipe, tap, double-tap, and drag
Battery Built-in 95 Wh lithium-polymer (Up to 7 hr wireless Web, up to 30 days standby) Built-in 95 Wh lithium-polymer (Up to 7 hr wireless Web, up to 30 days standby)
Power Requirements 85 W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system (included)
100-240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
85 W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system (included)
100-240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Operating Temperature From 50 to 95 deg. F (10-35 deg. C) From 50 to 95 deg. F (10-35 deg. C)
Storage Temperature From -13 to 113 deg. F (-24 to 45 deg. C) From -13 to 113 deg. F (-24 to 45 deg. C)
Relative Humidity 0 - 90% non-condensing 0 - 90% non-condensing
Max. Operating Altitude 10,000' (3,048 m) 10,000' (3,048 m)
Compliance Energy Star Version 5.2 Energy Star Version 5.2
Construction Aluminum enclosure Aluminum enclosure
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.13 x 0.71 x 9.73" (35.9 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm) 14.13 x 0.71 x 9.73" (35.9 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm)
Weight 4.46 lb (2.0 kg) 4.46 lb (2.0 kg)

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