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Apple13.3" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display
 
5.0

(based on 22 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fast (18)
  • Good power output (18)
  • Lightweight (16)
  • Quality display (16)
  • Quiet (15)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business use (12)
    • Web browsing (12)
    • Video (11)
    • Graphics (9)
    • Word processing (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (15), Multimedia professional (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (14), Business (6)

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    5.0

    great notebook

    By mystery cat

    from new york ny

    Verified Buyer

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

    It is so light and powerful. I do not hesitate to take a laptop anymore.
    This is truly a great product.

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    5.0

    Great Deal

    By dignan

    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

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

      The deal at B&H was unmatched and irresistible so I pulled the trigger on this machine roughly a month ago. It's fast and reliable thusfar. I installed parallels and almost exclusive work in windows as I have many massive architecture programs that apple cannot seem to match. I've already pushed this machine to the limits, and it's performed incredibly! Highly recommend!

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Excellent Deal

      By Kelly

      from Houston

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics

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

        An excellent deal especially for the price

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Packed with awesomeness...

        By Benjo

        from N.W. Arkansas

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

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

          I have no complaints with this perfect laptop. Blown away on how fast this computer is. I have done nothing but praised this laptop to all my peeps ever since the day I got it. I use this mainly for minor video editing, web surfing, email, and business projects. Enjoy this notebook every time I turn it on..

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Excellent bargain for a great product

          By Srinivas the Traveller

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use

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

            It is very rare to find good discounts on apple products. Got an excellent deal at B & H

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Excellent Buy

            By Kevinster

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Graphics
              • Video
              • Web Browsing

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

              An excellent computer. Would have like to have more USB ports.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Great Laptop!

              By BigFoot

              from Portland, Maine

              About Me Former Windows Sys Admin, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Graphics
                • Video

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

                I use it specifically for Photoshop which it does very well.It's great because:It's small 13.3" size yet has 8GB ram and 512 GB flash memory which makes it incredibly fast. The quality is fantastic; the keyboard and touchpad are wonderful. Unlike the more expensive Win 8 laptops, I could touch and feel it at a local [*] before buying it;It came with a free install of Parallels which lets me run Windows and Win apps concurrently with OS X. I'm running Win XP with MS Office 2003 (no ribbons!), and I can use a USB to Serial converter to program industrial control hardware. If I open a .doc file, I simply get a MS Word window on the screen, along with all the Apple apps which are also running;AirPlay sends what's on the screen directly to Apple TV for full HD viewing.The only down side is it takes a while to learn OS X, but it's got to be easier than going to Windows 8. It can get warm (not hot) to my lap, but there's no fan noise.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                LOVE LOVE!

                By PR Pro

                from La Quinta, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

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

                  First of all - I love ordering from B&H. Without tax and shipping you save hundreds! My order arrived promptly and without any issue.

                  My MacBook Pro is everything and more. It's very user friendly ... light and the screen is beautiful! I would highly recommend the MacBook pro. I had a MacBook air before, and I'm enjoying the pro so much more. It's lighter, quieter and stays cool.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  So far so good

                  By Dick

                  from Tower, Minnesota

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

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

                    Haven't had to much time/opportunit y to use my new MacBook Pro but so far I am very pleased with it's performance. it's a beautiful and very compact unit with a great deal of power and flexibility.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great value!

                    By Big D

                    from Katy, TX

                    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

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

                      Great value for a speedy MacBook Pro. Love everything about it!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Buy Mac Pro From B&H is wise choice.

                      By Richy

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Graphics
                        • Word Processing

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

                        Good choice!Retina display is perfect. The price of $[$] is much cheaper than[*] store.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Wonderful Buy!!!

                        By Mikane

                        from Huntingdon, PA

                        About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, 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:

                          This computer is worth every penny. It arrived at my house long before i expected it, and was ready to go the second I turned it on. The screen is beautiful and displays everything beyond crystal clarity. The keyboard is easier to use than any PC and certainly better than its predecessors. This computer is the fastest computer I have ever used. My favorite part is how long the battery lasts and the fact that I can use it for hours without plugging it in and without it getting hot. It is also super light, as if there is nothing on your lap. Great for internet surfing and long term writing sessions.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Mac is Mac.

                          By fbarros

                          from SP

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                Perfect design, thin and light.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                Great computer - love it!

                                By Michael

                                from Washington, DC

                                Verified Buyer

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

                                I find this to be the perfect blend of size/weight and performance. The screen is awesome, and the computer is totally portable.

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                                5.0

                                Excellent

                                By MACer

                                from San Jose, Middle East (;-)

                                About Me Technically Challenged

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Business Use
                                  • Video
                                  • Web Browsing
                                  • Word Processing

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

                                  MAC Pro: Excellent. I use them for years, the technology is excellent.
                                  Retina: Excellent, worth of money. (This does not mean that I appreciate the Apple policy)
                                  SSD: Excellent. Fast, no heat.
                                  Thunderbolt: Fast. 300 GB needs around 20 min in my configuration. I think Fireware needed 1 hour for 100 GB ?
                                  External disks need some time after awaking the sleeping computer.
                                  Could connectors be marked in some way that we do not need to search the right rotation each time connecting peripheries ? It is annoying.
                                  Some Thunderbolt peripheries need driver. Some WIndows reminiscence?
                                  External HD is not activated with power on of the external box, until Thunderbolt is connected to computer and stop with connector disconnecting regardless power on/off on the box.
                                  OS Lion works in some way better on the new machine then when reinstalled from Leopard.
                                  Lighting keyboard is nice, practical and luxurious.
                                  Overall - beautiful machine.

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  New MacBook Pro

                                  By Pat Garcia

                                  from Huntington Beach, CA

                                  About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • 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:

                                    I have been using this new MacBook for a couple of weeks now. My plan is to use this 13" MacBook Pro as a replacement to the iPad I have been carrying around with me for the last year. The iPad had to many drawbacks to be useful in meetings and for work. The Macbook Pro (Retina) 13" is fast, responsive and quite. I am having some trouble as this is my first Mac computer and there is a slight learning curve for a 25 year plus PC user. Regardless I am finding this computer so far, to be as advertised and I am very happy with it.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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                                    5.0

                                    Great replacement for an aging MBP

                                    By Jaizone

                                    from NYC

                                    About Me Developer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

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

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

                                      I'm coming from a mid 2009 MBP 15". In comparison, all the software feels new again. The SDD makes a huge difference in performance.I use mine for video editing, light photo/graphics and coding. iMovie HD streams handled with no problem. Tried a couple of 1920x1080 streams in FCP 6 and they played back, no dropped frames. Haven't tried FCPX.Blender, Aperture, Unity, XCode all run that much smoother. I don't see the "processing.." message on Aperture like I used to when browsing thru pics.The screen is of course outstanding, even when scaled to non-retina resolutions. I also use an external monitor @ 1920 x 1080 and it drives that comfortably.I should note that my decision was made easier by the fact that B&H had this model on sale! Very happy with this purchase.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business

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                                      5.0

                                      Best MBP I've Owned

                                      By Jim

                                      from Louisville, Kentucky

                                      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:

                                        As the fourth or fifth MBP I've owned, the Retina display model is by far the best of show.

                                        From its super clear display to the speedy i7 processor, this machine has yet to let me down.

                                        Things to love about it are the retina display. Enough said. If you've not experienced a retina display, you should. It's worth the extra money and the combination of the retina display and the SSD are worth the price of admission. Oh yeah, and did I add that it's lighter than my last MBP and not that much heavier than my wife's MacBook Air?

                                        It's a great machine. Worth the money and super portable.

                                        • Primary use:
                                        • Business

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent !!!!!

                                        By Fruchstuck

                                        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

                                          • Music
                                          • Video
                                          • Web Browsing

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

                                          I process a lot of raw files from my different cameras, Nikon and Leica full frame, big files. Capture One Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop. Also a lot of music ripped from CDs, DVDs, BDs.
                                          This machine gets all right, with great capacity and very good to excellent speed, giving a run for the money on my old Mac book pro 15' 2010...
                                          Almost as light as my wife's Mac book air (albeit nowhere near as thin...) this comes with retina display and 512 GB SSD hard drive.

                                          • Primary use:
                                          • Personal

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                                          5.0

                                          Excellent choice !!

                                          By Fruchstuck

                                          from New York, NY

                                          About Me Tech Savvy

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

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

                                          Cons

                                          • No DVD drive

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Music
                                          • Video
                                          • Web Browsing

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

                                          Iterations raw files by the thousands from my different cameras, rip music from CDs and DVDs/BD, so I need power processing and some speed.
                                          This machine replaced my 3year old PowerBook, and gave a run for my money.
                                          Almost as light as my wife's MacBook Air (albeit nowhere near as thin...) and substantially faster than my old pb, it comes with retina display and the 512g flash memory.
                                          Am very happy !!

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                                          • Personal

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