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Apple13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell)
 
4.8

(based on 81 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (65)
  • Good power output (58)
  • Easy to use (33)
  • Easy to set up (31)
  • Quality display (27)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Upgrade (28)
    • Web browsing (24)
    • Word processing (17)
    • Music (16)
    • Graphics (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Quality oriented (36), Tech savvy (15), Technically challenged (6), Budget shopper (4), Multimedia professional (4)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (53), Business (15)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Go no further for a REAL computer

    This is my first Mac. I decided to buy it after I spent 10 days using a mid-2009 MacBook with Mavericks installed running like it was a brand new computer. As I never...Read complete review

    This is my first Mac. I decided to buy it after I spent 10 days using a mid-2009 MacBook with Mavericks installed running like it was a brand new computer. As I never had such experience on a PC, I decided to ditch my buggy Windows computer.
    Let me start with the hardware: the build quality is amazing, very solid and polished; nice keyboard; wonderful retina display; very good trackpad. The battery charger attaches magnetically to the computer and just pops out in case someone trips on the cord: clever design.
    OSX Mavericks: super stable (I never have to restart it, and it never starts to do funny strange things) and comes with many handy features, like all the navigation gestures it enables on the trackpad that makes using the system so enjoyable and easy.
    Battery life: it seems like a battery charge lasts forever. Though I don't usually stay very long away from a power plug, the longest I needed it (about 5 hrs during an overnight flight) it delivered with a lot of charge left to spare.
    Built-in Apps: I liked Mail, Calendar, Reminders, Notes, TextEdit and Messages a lot. Surprisingly, I discovered that Mail, Calendar, Notes and Messages sync very well with gmail and other Google services (of which I'm a heavy user). Unfortunately Reminders sync only with iCloud, apparently (and I don't have an iPhone).
    Pages is fine, though lacking some features. My biggest problems with it are that its files are HUGE and I need it to read MS Word files with the utmost precision, but it doesn't.
    I didn't like Numbers. As a former heavy Excel user, I think Numbers is way behind in this race.
    I didn't use Keynote, iPhoto, GarageBand and iMovie, so cannot comment on that.
    To sum up, I would recommend this computer to anyone. It is so much better than ANY PC you can get (believe me, I had one that comes very close to the best you can get). And it comes in a very light package. Perfect.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Better than Windows

    This computer is a definite step up from a Windows machine, but Apple seems to have taken a step backward from my last Mac purchase.

    Migrating data between the old and new...Read complete review

    This computer is a definite step up from a Windows machine, but Apple seems to have taken a step backward from my last Mac purchase.

    Migrating data between the old and new machines was a multi-day pain in the neck. I talked to a local Mac specialist and called tech support. Finally figured it out on my own. Oh, and I had to buy $50 in cables to connect the 2 computers since 1 was Thunderbolt and 1 had Firewire.

    Mavericks has limited compatibility (my printer has no official driver and will no longer scan with Mavericks). Read the Mac forums and you will see plenty of anti Mavericks venom aimed at Apple.

    The last MacBook I purchased was as simple as taking it out of the box and plugging it in. This one has taken a lot more fiddling to get everything straight.

    That said, the solid state drive is fast and quiet. I also couldn't go with a Windows machine. Mac is just light years better. That said, if somebody comes up with something better I will probably try it.

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    5.0

    Apple's MacBook Pro Delivers

    By LifelongNewYorker

    from New York, NY

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Graphics
      • Video
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

      I own several notebooks (including PC) and I do most of my work on this MacBook Pro. I appreciate the ease of use for a variety of tasks, from developing software to managing multiple projects, all through to tracking business expenses and other projects.

      The performance as far as computing power as well as battery life far outperforms that of other more expensive notebooks I have owned in the last several years. Mac OS X sleeps gracefully without overheating and without requiring a full hibernation as with Windows 7.

      I wholeheartedly recommend this system.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Excellent Notebook

      By Keith

      from Mukilteo, WA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Kindle Reading
        • Word Processing
        • Writing

        Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

        When I started shopping for another notebook to replace a 7 year old notebook, I looked initially only at PC machines and actually purchase one, only to have lots of problems with it with needing to update drivers that didn't work right, etc. I promptly sent it back and decided to go with a Macbook Pro. I've had it for ten days and am not looking back. I love it. Took some getting used to but it's been fun. Put simply, this computer works! It's a joy!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        I like it

        By Alex

        from Overland Park, KS

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Web Browsing

          Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

          I'm using it for web browsing.
          It is really quiet and look nice.
          It is my first MAC and sometimes i have discrepancy how to use it.

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          • Personal

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          5.0

          Perfection Incarnate

          By decade777

          from Albuquerque, NM

          About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

            I bought this computer to serve as the hub of my music production framework at home. In all my years of experience, I have never had the pleasure of operating such a responsive machine. The internal hardware is all top notch, but the sleek unibody chassis is even better. Yet, the Retina display is the real showstopper here. Back in the bad old days, you'd have to sacrifice decent screen resolution for such a compact form factor. However, this unit completely redefines all expectations about what a laptop should be. It's literally a triumph of modern technology.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            MacBook Pro - what else can I say

            By Ken

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Gaming
            • He Can Even Game On It
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

            Purchased for my son as college grad gift for his Master's program. Retina is stunning. Great price with free shipping and discounted 3yr AppleCare. Cannot beat Apple or B&H's price and free quick shipping.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            4.0

            Works great!

            By Kevin

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display

            Cons

            • Freezes Up

            Best Uses

            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

            Everything works well except that it randomly freezes and I'm forced to manually shut it down.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Excellent product!!!

            By Richie M

            from Puerto Rico

            About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Teacher
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

            This is the Mac I was expecting. Light, extremaly fast and don't have to wait on start. She is ready went it need it. I really love it.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Perfect for my daughter

            By The Rock

            from NJ

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Graphics
              • Music
              • Video
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

              Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

              It's light and powerful and looks good too! Bought it for her graduation and she loves it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Great Laptop

              By John College buyer

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Comfortable Keyboard
              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Graphics
                • Music
                • Video
                • Web Browsing
                • Word Processing

                Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                Fantastic battery life almost 9 hrs
                Fast

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                MacBook Pro Notebook

                By Bank of Grandma

                from Clovis, CA

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Long Battery Life
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphics
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                  This was a gift for my college student granddaughter. She has always been a Windows user but for whatever reason wanted to switch to Apple. She loves it! No problem with the learning curve and loves the Retina Display for her photography.

                  As always, Apple is a great product. It certainly deserves 5 stars according to my granddaughter!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Love it

                  By richk

                  from CA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                      Been using the product for 3 months and love it.

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Just what I was looking for

                      By JD

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long Battery Life
                      • Powerful
                      • Quality Display
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                          Arrived quickly, excellent packaging! Will order from you again :)

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Technically superb!

                          By sirius56

                          from Lake Forest, IL

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Comfortable Keyboard
                          • Fast
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Powerful
                          • Quality Display
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business Use
                            • Graphics
                            • Music
                            • Video
                            • Web Browsing
                            • Word Processing

                            Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                            After using Windows products for decades, this computer is absolutely refreshing!

                            This MacBook Pro is all that PC Manufacturers intended but never accomplished.

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                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Apple is always amazing!

                            By Joanmm

                            from Tempe,AZ

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Keyboard
                            • Fast
                            • Powerful
                            • Quality Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Graphics
                              • Video

                              Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                              So beautiful!
                              But Microsoft Office is not free !

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Nothing much to say

                              By Satya

                              from Princeton, NJ

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Keyboard
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Powerful
                              • Quality Display
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Business Use
                                • Web Browsing

                                Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                                Mac Pro rocks. I am a computer professional for last 18 years and obviously like every one else, started with windows. About 4 years ago, I was given company laptop which happened to be a MAC. Then I realized how solid the MAC and its OS is built. I bought this MAC book pro for my personal use. People planning to buy Air should re-think and purchase pro. The new pro is much thinner and lighter.

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                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                I will keep buying from this vendor

                                By Mike Speedy

                                from Secaucus NJ

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Comfortable Keyboard
                                • Fast
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long Battery Life
                                • Powerful
                                • Quality Display
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Music
                                  • Web Browsing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                                  Good price, prompt response and speedy on time shipment as promise.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  4.0

                                  Expensive but worth it.

                                  By Denis

                                  from Seattle, WA

                                  About Me Software engineer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long Battery Life
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Small Storage

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Graphics
                                  • Music

                                  Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                                  It's great, incredible fast.
                                  Flash drive it's fast and small. have a external HD for massive files like music and photo collections it's a must.
                                  iTunes Match and cloud services for pictures helps to keep your information without fill your local storage.

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                                  • Personal

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                                  3.0

                                  Better than Windows

                                  By Matt

                                  from Wilmington, NC

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • No DVD drive

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Web Browsing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                                  This computer is a definite step up from a Windows machine, but Apple seems to have taken a step backward from my last Mac purchase.

                                  Migrating data between the old and new machines was a multi-day pain in the neck. I talked to a local Mac specialist and called tech support. Finally figured it out on my own. Oh, and I had to buy $50 in cables to connect the 2 computers since 1 was Thunderbolt and 1 had Firewire.

                                  Mavericks has limited compatibility (my printer has no official driver and will no longer scan with Mavericks). Read the Mac forums and you will see plenty of anti Mavericks venom aimed at Apple.

                                  The last MacBook I purchased was as simple as taking it out of the box and plugging it in. This one has taken a lot more fiddling to get everything straight.

                                  That said, the solid state drive is fast and quiet. I also couldn't go with a Windows machine. Mac is just light years better. That said, if somebody comes up with something better I will probably try it.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Business

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                                  5.0

                                  Perfect product

                                  By Eric

                                  from Capel Hill, NC

                                  About Me Technically Challenged

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quality Display

                                  Cons

                                  • Too Hot

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Web Browsing
                                  • Word Processing

                                  Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                                  Surprisingly mac system,easy to use.
                                  Very fast.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  Fabulous machine!

                                  By BAK

                                  from Bainbridge Island, WA

                                  About Me Love Gadgets, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long Battery Life
                                  • Powerful
                                  • Quality Display
                                  • Quiet

                                  Cons

                                  • Can't Find Any Yet

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Music
                                  • Video
                                  • Web Browsing

                                  Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Haswell):

                                  I have to admit it . . . . I am a Mac newbie. After being a user of Windows PC's for a very long time (and still am), I felt I needed to join the ranks and own a Mac. This is the 3rd in the trio of computers I currently own/use, the others being a Windows 8 laptop, and the other a Google Chromebook. They all have their strengths certainly but they are all used for different purposes. My main reason for buying this Mac were to gain proficiency with it, use it for all of my "new" music (post 2007) when my still operational Dell DJ20 portable music player became both at capacity and not supported any longer, and have a "safe" computer around when Windows based ones crash. I knew I would love it just based on the facts I gathered during the pre-purchase years from talking with others and seeing them used. I bought my college daughter one when she was in 10th grade and she doesn't use anything else. Like all things "new" there is a breaking in period when you must get used to your new toy. However, I must say that with all of the tools at your disposal from the smartphones, tablets, etc., this was really quite easy to use immediately.

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                                  • Personal

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