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First press impressions with the MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display

One of the aspects I like about the presentations is that the media present there have subsequent access to the products presented. First opinions can then be generated, which although somewhat conditioned, are always quite indicative. These are the opinions of the lucky people who were able to test the new MacBook Pro Retina with a 13-inch screen yesterday.

Yesterday, after the presentation of the different Apple products and as usual, the media were allowed to try each and every one of the products presented . One of the stars of the Keynote had been the Macbook Pro with 13-inch Retina display and when it was tested it was, along with the iMac, the most popular. The impressions were generally very good, with the lucky ones present being the decrease in thickness and weight. Against it especially the price, very high, mainly due to the use of the Retina display and storage on solid state disks.

First press impressions with the MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display
First press impressions with the MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina display

As they tell us in MacRumors, this is what the different media that tested it said:


To begin with, is extremely thin . No, extremely thin, but thin enough to fit in most briefcases and backpacks without the consumer noticing. Apart from that, is mostly a minimized version of the 15-inch model presented this summer . The unibody design is as firm as ever, with the usual Apple fit and finish. In my opinion, Apple tends not to differentiate between the 13-inch MacBook Pro and the 13-inch MacBook Air. (Engadget)


It is clear that Apple wants this new version to redefine the category of laptop and, judging by Apple’s great experience, there is good reason to believe that it will finally get its wish. In terms of use, is very similar to using the 15-inch MacBook Pro , which is my main computer at the moment. In my hand, however, feels much lighter , at least approximately one kilo lighter than the larger model. That’s a big difference for a computer that we will carry all day, and only the prices could influence negatively the opinion of some users . (TehcCrunch)


Just announced today, we are eager to test the new Apple laptop immediately after the event in San Jose, and if it follows the path that its big brother has successfully started. Gone is the optical unit, including the high-resolution Retina screen, and a high price . The screen size is smaller, with a resolution of 2560×1600, but with a pixel density of 227ppi. It is slightly thicker than the 15-inch model, at 0.75 inches, in contrast to the 0.71 inches of the larger model. We won’t notice the difference, however, and the weight advantage, with about one kilo less, makes up for it . (SlashGear)

The Verge

The screen resolution settings make it similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro , although the maximum resolution we can use is 1680×1050, unlike the 1920×1080 configuration offered on the 15-inch model. However, 1680×1050 shows great clarity and quality on a screen of this size. If you’ve been using a 15-inch MacBook Pro, for the screen size, the 13-inch is a compliment. (The Verge)

As can be seen, the general opinion of the media present there is very good and as a rule they coincide in highlighting the low weight, the quality of the screen and as a negative aspect the high price . It is undoubtedly a great machine that marks the way to follow in the near future, although in my case I consider the 13 inches too small and I prefer to use the 15 inches model.