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Apple13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013)
 
4.8

(based on 190 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (142)
  • Good power output (119)
  • Quality display (98)
  • Lightweight (96)
  • Quiet (93)

Cons

  • Too hot (4)

Best Uses

  • Web browsing (89)
  • Music (68)
  • Word processing (66)
  • Video (63)
  • Business use (61)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (66), Quality oriented (36), Multimedia professional (24), Technically challenged (17), Avid gamer (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (122), Business (31)

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

 

Don't get too excited over a Mac

Yes, I mean it.Macbook Pro is one of the best when it comes to usability. I am not sure whether there is any windows laptop that can come anywhere near a macbook pro...Read complete review

Yes, I mean it.Macbook Pro is one of the best when it comes to usability. I am not sure whether there is any windows laptop that can come anywhere near a macbook pro laptop. The touchpad is the most user friendly on a mac.But that's pretty much it. Recently my macbook pro did hang and I was unable to use the keyboard or the touchpad. Both were not responding and finally i had to restart. SO IT IS NOT A WINDOWS ONLY PROBLEM.And moving between platforms windows or mac is pretty much easy. Most of the stuff works across platforms, like documents, external hdd etc. But again compatability with wireless mouse or keyboard or other devices are very easy on a windows system.The initial excitement has calmed, now it looks more like a regular laptop but has to be used more carefully because of the price point ;)

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5.0

Save yourself a couple hundred with 2013

By Broccoli

from SF, CA

About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Sharp Palm Rests

Best Uses

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

Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

Nothing really changed outside of a minimal processor spec bump between the late 2013 and mid 2014 Macbook Pro 13"

Unless you are only using this for email and wordprocessing (and if you are probably just go with a macbook air) 8GB really should be the minimum RAM config now considering its soldered on.

128GB or 256GB really depends on how much data youll need access to all the time. I typically only have new pictures I'm editing and new music I just downloaded on the HD and eventually move everything to a NAS unit.

Retina display is great and in this config, I notice very little performance differences between my old 2013 15" MBP with a core i7 and 16GB of ram. Granted I don't plan on running a VM very often anymore for Windows picture editing, so that is why I can easily get away with only 8GB ram.

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  • Personal

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5.0

Apple continues to impress

By a2

from Dawsonville, GA

About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life
  • 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 (Late 2013):

    This is possibly the best laptop I've ever purchased. I've been a Windows user my whole life and I've made the switch and won't go back.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    I love my Mac

    By Artsy

    from Morristown, NJ

    About Me Multimedia Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphics
      • Music
      • Video
      • Web Browsing

      Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

      I have been a mac user from the beginning. The MacBook Pro is perfect, lightweight and the retina display is awesome. Macs have always been the most user friendly.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Great Value

      By Pat T

      from Connecticut

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

        Great price for this mac computer. Easy check out and quick delivery.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Excellent product, best price

        By VJ

        from Ames, IA

        About Me University student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Day-to-day College Use
          • Music
          • Personal use
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

          Brilliant product, no need to say anything great about MacBook pro. BnH customer service was very good, helpful customer care and great deal on price.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Very Satisfied

          By BB

          from Oregon

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life
          • Quality Display

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

              It is very quick with starting up and opening/closing applications. Also running multiple applications including safari, preview, word, powerpoint, and photo editing software doesn't seem to slow down the performance speed.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              I would buy this product again and again

              By Aleksandr

              from Overland Park, KS

              About Me Avid Gamer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Too Hot

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Music
              • Video
              • Web Browsing

              Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

              I'm playing world of warcraft.
              It is comfortable to use!

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              The best laptop out there

              By Mo

              from Mesa

              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

                Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                Beautifully designed, well-built. Never owned a Mac before, but bought this for my daughter for college since all the kids seem to use Macs, as does the university, so we did it and don't regret it at all so far. Especially if you're already in the Apple universe with an iPad and iPhone like we were, this makes a ton of sense, since the latest operating system integrates texting and calling and simple automatic synchronization of calendars, files, etc., across devices. Chose this over the "air" for additional durability and more connections. It's incredibly thin and light regardless.

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                • Personal

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                5.0

                The switch, from a PC to a MAC.

                By jomeljomeljomel

                from Las Vegas, NV

                About Me Jack of All Trades

                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 (Late 2013):

                  I recently had a 7 year old PC die on me, and decided to finally make the switch to MAC. I'm in love, and I couldn't ask for anything more in a personal computer. I don't have anything really to complain about, nor do i have anything to say that would be greater than you'd expect.

                  As for B&H I would have to say out of all my purchases this holiday season, This purchase had the least complications regarding shipping speed, quality, online checkout, and price.

                  I would definitely recommend this product to another person, and recommend B&H for online shopping.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Amazing replacement for the old MacBook

                  By Rob V

                  from Mid-Michigan

                  About Me Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                    Battery lasts 10+ hours, the screen is viewable from any angle and looks great, it's even smaller than the old model.If I had to make a complaint it's that the newer style battery charger doesn't work with my friends older MacBooks, so if they forget their charger they can't borrow mine and vice versa.The built in HDMI port is great for watching streaming media on your TV!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Amazing

                    By Maycol Madrid

                    from Doral, Florida

                    Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                    My girlfriend just love the screen, every thing is all right and the service from b&h is exelent.

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                    5.0

                    Made the switch and will not go back

                    By SER

                    from Bay Area, CA

                    Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                    This is my first Mac after 30 years of PCs and two of iPads and iPhones. I cannot believe it took me so long. This is an absolutely gorgeous machine with stunning retina display and better processing power and battery life than I could have imagined years ago when I bought my last laptop. It is wonderfully lightweight. I'm still adjusting to a different operating system, but the Yosemite OS is intuitive. I could not be more pleased. The comparison between MacBook Pro and Air is a personal one, but I couldn't pass up the more modern display. Depending on your own considerations, an Air might suit you better. Overall though, Comsumer Repots and The Wire Cutter are right: a MacBook is the correct laptop choice for the majority of users.

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                    5.0

                    Great computer!

                    By Fer

                    from Mexico

                    Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                    I love how fast it is

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                    4.0

                    Great computer and best price

                    By Cossy

                    from Nashville TN

                    Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                    This is our first Macbook. We have always had PCs. While more expensive than I like it does run well. B&H had the best price and I trusted them since they have been around so long. Everything arrived as expected and we had no issues.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent buy

                    By ritzie

                    from Cleveland, OH

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Little Bit Hot

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                    The MacBook arrived on time and I was just waiting to open it. The performance has been great and I just love it.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    best price i could get

                    By J

                    from New York

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Graphics
                      • Music
                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

                      Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                      i have been a mac fan always.. mac is always expensive, but i found an awesome deal at B&H for black friday.
                      I use my mac mainly for surfing the web and/or lightweight work, nothing heaving on personal mac & so far the product has no complaints..
                      works as fast..starts up in less than 11 secs..
                      the battery life is also just too good

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Love the purchase

                      By Adi

                      from Jersey City

                      Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                      Wanted to switch from PC to Mac. This 13.3 Mac Book Pro Thanksgiving deal from B&H was ideal to make the purchase. Arrived in time in good packaging despite the busy season.

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                      5.0

                      Would but again

                      By Tom

                      from Seattle wa.

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      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 (Late 2013):

                        Sturdy, well put together. Have had other laptops and this one seems the best so far.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Gets work done!

                        By Dave

                        from Nj

                        Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                        This no nonsense machine gets the job done. None of the BS windows 8 shennanigans here!

                        It is a fast and capable machine, OS-X yosemite is easy to learn, and I'm already doing my work in half the time it used to take me on a 'fast' widows8 ultrabook.

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                        5.0

                        I love B&H

                        By Simeon

                        from lake villa IL

                        Comments about Apple 13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                        I recently purchased the apple MacBook pro for my wife for Christmas. B&H sent it expedient mail. I received it three days. It wasn't refurbished and my wife loves it.thank you B&H

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