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

(based on 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (78)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (60)
  • Good power output (55)
  • Quality display (39)
  • Lightweight (36)
  • Quiet (32)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Web browsing (31)
  • Graphics (24)
  • Music (23)
  • Word processing (22)
  • Video (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (28), Quality oriented (21), Multimedia professional (5), Technically challenged (4), Budget shopper (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (52), Business (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing - First Time Mac User

I use the MacBook for school and general activities like web browsing. I've also been a PC/Windows user, but with the advent of Windows 8, I had to change. My friend/coworker...Read complete review

I use the MacBook for school and general activities like web browsing. I've also been a PC/Windows user, but with the advent of Windows 8, I had to change. My friend/coworker is a big Apple fan so he suggested I try the MacBook. It took me a little bit to get used to the different functions, but it's definitely worth the learning curve. I really like my MacBook and the Retina Display. It makes reading PDFs and documents for school much easier on my eyes. It's fast, responsive, and easy to use. (I also like the glowing Apple icon on the front). The battery life is phenomenal. I think that 9 hours is generous and an overestimation of its life (depending on brightness and what you use it for). Despite what I've heard from a few people, the speakers are quite powerful for its size. Come on. It's a laptop. You can't expect Bose sound from a laptop.If you've never used a Mac before, I highly suggest it. If you have used a Mac before, then you'll already know to get one.Oh, and it's a lot lighter than I expected it to be.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Just not that good

Sorry to disappoint, I myself am a bit down, but I was expecting the 2013 MBP to be a much better machine. The display IS gorgeous, hands down, but this is where...Read complete review

Sorry to disappoint, I myself am a bit down, but I was expecting the 2013 MBP to be a much better machine. The display IS gorgeous, hands down, but this is where it all stops. I am comparing it to my 2011 MBA 1.8 GHz Core i5 with same 8 GB RAM. I don't believe the machine was engineered well enough to take on the massive 1680x1050. It heats up constantly to the point of not being able to keep it on your lap. The moment you play a Flash video, or any video for that matter, the fan goes to full speed and if it is a music video - good luck with hearing the music...

We own practically a full array of Apple hardware and it is usually good, not exceptionally durable, but exceptionally well designed. This time IMHO they need to go back to the drawing board - it just does not work well. Our 3D architectural app for instance has major OGL issues and it appears to function much better on the MBA, which does not even have a dedicated GPU! System animations are very choppy, compared to the MBA and visibly slower.

After 2 hrs on the phone with Apple support and a Senior Advisor, after removing WindowsServer plists, resetting PRAM, trying a different user, booting safe, reinstalling the OS, the whole run - it appeared to be a "hardware issue". It may be just this particular machine, however, upon a bit of online research (which I should have done before the purchase), it also appeared that this is NOT an isolated case at all and a lot of people are experiencing similar problems. I hope Apple R&D is taking some notes - this is a very pretty, but very useless machine for no more than email and iPhoto. At least for us. Fullscreen Youtube users should resort to earplugs. Apologies again, but with all our fondness to Apple, this one is just a good looking blunder...

The Mac is going back and the second star is actually 5-stars to B&H - one of the best online retailers, thank you for your help!

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5.0

Works for what I need

By Tammie

from Delaware, Ohio

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Powerful
  • Quality Display
  • Quiet

Cons

  • Too Hot

Best Uses

  • Business Use
  • Web Browsing

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

I'm a freelance editor and need to have several windows open at once and connect to a 2nd monitor. It hasn't missed a beat yet.

  • Primary use:
  • Business

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5.0

Amazing Computer

By John

from New York, Queens

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      I bought this computer last year and received it around this time. As a college student I would say this computer gets the job done and thanks to its battery life gets you through for awhile. B&H is awesome they helped me through the whole process when I ordered it by phone.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Apple is always superior

      By C.Davis

      from La Grande, OR

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

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

      Performs as expected and B&H offers a great value!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Good as the Mid 2014 Model, better value

      By ChopinFreak

      from Kansas City, MO

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • Music

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

        For the price difference between the 2014 and 2013 model, it wasn't even a question. The only really difference is a light uptick in the clock speed. SSD and memory is where the real noticeable/practical speed comes from, and there is really no difference in config between the two models.Bought this for my daughters music notation and demo production (and college device), and it's a perfect machine (suggest getting the bigger drive for anything media related). She has a lot of legacy Windows apps, and BootCamp solved that issue with hardly a though. Definitely recommend.

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        5.0

        Really good

        By Annie

        from New York

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

        Have the purchase for about two weeks now. Haven't had a problem and it works perfectly so far

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        5.0

        Good display

        By x

        from Blacksburg, VA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

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

          buy it for the display.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Just about perfect

          By John

          from Connecticut

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Battery - 5 Hours Tops
          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

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

          From screen quality, to size to ease of use, the MBP Retina 13" gets it all done. This is my 6th Apple laptop and truth be told, I would never use anything else. If you're moving up from a non-Retina display you'l notice the difference and lack of an optical drive is not an issue for me. I got the 512 because I do not want any issues with running out of hard drive space after working with an MB Air that had only 128GB.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          This is the best product I have bought

          By Bobby

          from Berkeley, CA

          About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

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

            This is the best product I have ever bought. With beautiful outlook and wonderful work speed. I can't leave my new Macbook pro for a second.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            unputdownable.

            By Freaky Zeke

            from Newark, NJ

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Not Easy To Navigate

            Best Uses

            • Music
            • Video
            • Web Browsing

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

            My first Macbook and I'm loving it. Images are off the hook, crystal clear. I am still using the IOS 10.9 Mavericks and its excellent. Still scared to try the IOS Yosemite due to lots of bad review. Anyway this is great man-toy to play with.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Amazing Computer

            By DaniCali

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            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 (Late 2013):

                Incredibly light, amazing screen resolution, fast processor, and 500gb flash memory--no moving parts, amazing machine. Very pleased with my purchase, would recommend to anyone.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Very light and fast. Excellent product

                By BigDen

                from Millbrea, CA

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • 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 (Late 2013):

                  Buy for my daughter as college gift and she loved it. This is the first Mac and she became an expert in no time. Very light weight and looks great. Excellent product.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal

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                  4.0

                  So far so good

                  By Infernozd

                  from Irvine,ca

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

                  It works nicely

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                  5.0

                  GOOD

                  By Ray

                  from IL

                  Verified Buyer

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

                  Fast shipping, good product

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                  5.0

                  I would buy Apple Product again

                  By Jet

                  from Westminster, 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 (Late 2013):

                    This is the first time I use Macbook Pro. I like it very easy to use. It look very nice and worth the money.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By Peter

                    from Chicago

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

                    Great deal! Great computer! And the customer representative is very helpful! Overall great experience shopping at B&H.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome computer

                    By Coryleep

                    from Idaho

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

                    This was a purchase that took me a few years of feet dragging. I'm pretty into saving and being wise with money but I don't regret this purchase at all...

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                    5.0

                    Very nice laptop

                    By Haibo

                    from Ithaca, NY

                    About Me Scientist

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Heavier Than Macbook Air

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use
                    • Music
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

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

                    MacBook Pro 13 is between Air and Pro 15: power, weight, power and battery life. Great display. Heavier than MacBook Air as I am already get used to the light weight. The sharp edge of the front is a little bit annoying. MacBook Air is better in this case.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Awesome laptop if you have an iphone

                    By New Mac guy

                    from Massachusetts

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

                    Went from an old thinkpad with windows xp to a MacBook Pro retina and Yosemite. Love it so far, just the touch pad gestures alone make surfing so easy and even fun.If you have an iPhone or ipad with iOS8 you will love Yosemite and the handoff features. Yosemite and my iPhone was the reason I switched and it really is cool.

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                    5.0

                    Awesome laptop

                    By New Mac guy

                    from Massachusetts

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

                    Went from an old thinkpad with windows xp to a MacBook Pro retina and Yosemite. Love it so far, just the touch pad gestures alone make surfing so easy and even fun.If you have an iPhone or ipad with iOS8 you will love Yosemite and the handoff features. Yosemite and my iPhone was the reason I switched and it really is cool.

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                    4.0

                    First Mac and Enjoying it

                    By Er

                    from San Francisco, Ca

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long Battery Life

                    Cons

                    • Cost

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    This is my first Mac and first computer with an SSD it is super fast. Boot up takes seconds. The OS X seems easy to use but will take me time to get used to. Finding how to turn certain settings on or off is sometimes difficult but that's why there's google. The battery life is amazing coming from a PC. Doesn't generate a lot of so it is comfortable using it on my lap.The only thing that gets me is how Time Machine only works (correctly) with Apple equipment.

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                    • Personal

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