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MacBook Pro Retina Late 2012 Notebook

Made for travelling and daily mobile use.

February 22, 2013



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In the spring of 2012, Apple made a breakthrough on the laptop market and released its first MacBook Pro with a Retina display, boasting a really high resolution of 2880x1800 pixels. Moreover, the much thinner novelty offered the same performance as its predecessors and, finally, had an SSD instead of an HDD.

In the fall of 2012, Apple released its second Retina notebook, with a 13" display this time. The slimmer and lighter device is certainly more convenient to carry, and cheaper at the same time: the basic configuration is $500 cheaper than the 15-inch one of early 2012. Today we'll take a closer look at the late 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display.

While the 13" MacBook is not as powerful as the 15" counterpart, performance is not a top priority, when it comes to making a perfect computer for mobile use. Besides, while not as ultra-portable as MacBook Air, the 13" MacBook is still far more powerful.

Specifications

Model MacBook Pro Retina 13" Late 2012 (basic) MacBook Pro Retina 13" Late 2012 (top) MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012 (basic) MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012 (top)
Display 13.3" IPS 2560x1600, 227 ppi 13.3" IPS 2560x1600, 227 ppi 13.3" TN-film 1280x800, 113 ppi 13.3" TN-film 1280x800, 113 ppi
CPU Intel Core i5-3210M (2 x 2.5GHz) or Intel Core i7-3520M (2 x 2.9 GHz) Intel Core i5-3210M (2 x 2.5GHz) or Intel Core i7-3520M (2 x 2.9 GHz) Intel Core i5-3210M (2 x 2,5 GHz) Intel Core i7-3520M (2 x 2.9 GHz)
Graphics HD Graphics 4000 HD Graphics 4000 HD Graphics 4000 HD Graphics 4000
RAM 8 GB DDR3L 8 GB DDR3L 4 GB DDR3 (expandable to 8 GB) 8 GB DDR3
Storage 128 GB SSD (expandable to 768 GB) 256 GB SSD (expandable to 768 GB) 500 GB HDD (expandable) 750 GB HDD (expandable)
Outputs 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC slot, 3.5mm headphones jack 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt, HDMI, SDXC slot, 3.5mm headphones jack 2 x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, Firewire 800, SDXC slot, 2 x 3.5mm mic and headphones jack 2 x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, Ethernet, Firewire 800, SDXC slot, 2 x 3.5mm mic and headphones jack
Wireless support Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Web camera 720p 720p 720p 720p
Weight 1.62 kg 1.62 kg 2.06 kg 2.06 kg
Price, starting from $1699 $1999 $1199 $1499

As you can see, the main difference between the non-Retina and Retina models is storage. By default, the latter features a SSD instead of an HDD. The late 2012 Retina models also boast 8GB of RAM, even in the basic configuration. Furthermore, the set of outputs is different (we'll cover them later).

By the way, the only difference between the Retina models is the SSD capacity. The processors are the same by default.


If you compose a Retina-based MacBook Pro and a ordinary MacBook Pro with the same hardware, the prices will differ just by $200: you can buy a non-Retina model with 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD for $1499.


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