MacBook Pro Review: Gigabit Wi-Fi, Faster and Longer Battery Life
The primary gain of that Haswell chip any MacBook Pro review will highlight is the improved battery life. The 2012 MacBook Pro with Retina display 13-inch model was rated at 7 hours of battery life, while the new Haswell-equipped version boats 9 hours. That’s enough for all-day use.
Even more remarkable, while the 2012 model was widely reported to have “real life” battery performance of only 6 hours, Engadget ran a MacBook Pro review where it found the 2013 edition would last for more than 11 hours of continuous video playback. That’s better than Apple’s claim and better than many tablets can manage.
Besides the improved battery life, the latest MacBook Pro with Retina display is more powerful than previous Apple laptops, it gains Gigabit Wi-Fi (up to three times faster than 802.11n), switches storage to an even faster SSD, it’s a little thinner and lighter and the 13-inch model is a little cheaper.