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Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

Verdict

Subtle tweaks make a big impact – with a lightning-fast SSD and improved graphics, Apple has another winner on its hands

Review Date: 2 Nov 2013

Price when reviewed: £1249

Full review

Overall Rating
5 stars out of 6

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Apple Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display

Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display
Details
Part Code Precision M3800 Toughpad FZ-G1 Apple MacBook Pro 13in with Retina display
Review Date 18 Mar 2014 20 May 2013 2 Nov 2013
Price ex VAT £1,499 £1,589 £1,249
Price inc VAT £1,799 £1,907 £1,499
Overall rating 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Features & Design 4 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6 6 stars out of 6
Value for Money 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Performance 5 stars out of 6 4 stars out of 6 5 stars out of 6
Warranty
Warranty 1yr on-site 3 yr return to base 2 yr return to base
Physical specifications
Dimensions 372 x 254 x 21mm (WDH) 270 x 188 x 24mm (WDH) 314 x 219 x 18mm (WDH)
Weight 2.020kg 1.020kg 1.550kg
Travelling weight 2.5kg 1.4kg 1.8kg
Processor and memory
Processor Intel Core i7-4702HQ Intel Core i5-3437U Intel Core i5-4288U
RAM capacity 16.00GB 4.00GB 8.00GB
Memory type DDR3 DDR3L DDR3L
SODIMM sockets free 0 0
SODIMM sockets total 2 0
Screen and video
Screen size 15.6in 10.1in 13.3in
Resolution screen horizontal 3,200 1,920 2,560
Resolution screen vertical 1,800 1,080 1,600
Resolution 3200 x 1800 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1600
Graphics chipset Intel HD Graphics 4000 Intel Iris Graphics 5100
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 0
HDMI outputs 1 1 1
DisplayPort outputs 1 2
Drives
Capacity 256GB
Spindle speed N/A N/A
Internal disk interface mSATA
Hard disk Lite-On LMT-256M6M Apple PCI Express SSD
Optical drive None
Battery capacity 4,400mAh
Replacement battery price inc VAT £0 £0 £0
Networking
Wired adapter speed N/A N/A
802.11a support yes yes yes
802.11b support yes yes yes
802.11g support yes yes yes
802.11 draft-n support yes yes yes
Integrated 3G adapter no no no
Bluetooth support yes yes yes
Other Features
Modem no
USB ports (downstream) 1
Optical S/PDIF audio output ports 1
3.5mm audio jacks 1 1 1
SD card reader yes no yes
Memory Stick reader yes
MMC (multimedia card) reader yes
Pointing device type Touchpad/touchscreen Touchscreen/stylus
Integrated microphone? yes yes yes
Integrated webcam? yes yes yes
Camera megapixel rating 1.2mp 1.3mp 1.0mp
TPM yes yes
Fingerprint reader no
Smartcard reader no
Operating system and software
Operating system Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit Windows 8 Pro 64-bit Mac OS X 10.5
OS family Windows 8 Windows 8 Mac OS X
Recovery method Recovery partition
Battery and performance tests
Battery life, light use 5hr 42min 8hr 13min 11hr 4min
Battery life, heavy use 2hr 17min
3D performance (crysis) low settings 58fps
3D performance setting Low
Overall Real World Benchmark score 0.93 0.63 0.76
Responsiveness score 0.82 0.71 0.84
Media score 1.02 0.70 0.82
Multitasking score 0.96 0.48 0.63
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