MacBook Pro Review: Conclusion
Apple lost the resolution war it started with the MacBook Pro with Retina Display once Google (GOOG) released its Chromebook Pixel.
But as a MacBook Pro review comparing the Chromebook Pixel to a Retina Display 13-inch model shows, the Apple laptop boasted a serious CPU advantage, far more storage and more ports.
The MacBook Pro also smoked the Chromebook on battery life — and that was before the October upgrade that saw Haswell chips boost battery performance to 8 hours or more on a charge. The Apple laptop also performs just as well offline as it does connected to the Internet, while the Chromebook Pixel gives up some functionality when the web isn’t available.
Anyone looking for a laptop that offers performance, battery life, a high resolution display, light weight and good looks to top it off, should check out the 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display.
If you’re worried about Microsoft (MSFT) Windows support, there’s a Mac version of Office. For the full Windows experience, the Mac can run Windows natively using Apple’s Boot Camp feature. In fact, in a MacBook Pro review comparing Apple laptops to competition from leading PC manufacturers, CNET reported that a 13-inch MacBook Pro placed first in Windows 8 performance.
Even if you have a 2012-era MacBook Pro with Retina Display, the October upgrade may be enough to convince you it’s time to buy a new Mac laptop — the additional battery life, Gigabit Wi-Fi support and faster SSD may just be enough to justify the purchase. The fact that you’ll save a few hundred bucks compared to the price of the model it replaces is just icing on the cake.
As of this writing, Brad Moon did not hold a position in any of the aforementioned securities.