Roundup of Retina MacBook Pro Reviews

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With a number of media outlets having received Retina MacBook Pro review units on Monday after the Worldwide Developers Conference keynote and a few early hands-on reports having been published, more extensive reviews are now beginning to appear. To help summarize the overall response to the new machine, we've put together this roundup of some of the major reviews, along with some highlights from each of them.


    The New York Times - David Pogue
    Engadget - Tim Stevens
    The Verge - Ross Miller
    Time - Harry McCracken
    CNET - Dan Ackerman
    (Image from CNET)

    Article Link: Roundup of Retina MacBook Pro Reviews
  2. macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2011
    Miami, FL
    I want one, but I'll wait for 17" version and wait for them to work out all the kinks.

    Lets not forget giving the developers some time to optimize their apps for the retina display. Apps on the New iPad are slowly being updated to support this so we'll see how long it takes for desktop developers to get on board.
  3. macrumors 68030

    Apr 13, 2007
    Stopped reading when the first review said "inexpensive".
  4. macrumors 601


    Oct 24, 2007
    Seattle, Wa
    In before "this is cool, but despite what the reviews say , revision a products always have bugs so I think i'll wait for the one that comes out in two revisions which is the one I buy so it doesn't have any bugs and extra features for a lower price. Besides my late 2011 macbook pro still does everything I need it to so this machine is crap anyway".
  5. macrumors 65816

    Apr 4, 2007
    los angeles
    I honestly don't know how anyone could give this a negative review. Even if you personally don't like it, it's one helluva nice laptop.
  6. Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You should keep reading. ;)
  7. macrumors member


    Aug 11, 2006
    SF Bay Area
    Clearly, because the very next line read:
    "the one it misses by the biggest margin is “inexpensive.”"

    It's clearer in the article what Pogue is getting at. The area where the Retina MBP misses the mark of a "perfect laptop" is in the pricing.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    'inexpensive' - either David had a salary we can all dream about or he is referring to the fact he got this preview model without spending a dime (no idea if they have to give it back).
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 24, 2003
    its nice its powerful its apple priced so beggers cant be choosers i guess well out of my price range but hell it dose look good
  10. macrumors 6502

    Oct 1, 2007
    Okay as there's already 2 posts talking about the "inexpensive" quote so just to let people know:

    If you've come here to talk about the "inexpensive" quote please read the sentence that follows.
  11. macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    I'm personally looking forward to the Anandtech review and a possible analysis of the display from DisplayMate. Ars Technica also spends a few more days writing up their reviews too, which I can appreciate.
  12. macrumors 68000


    Oct 1, 2004
    Mountains of Vermont
    Odd that they complain about it being "expensive". The price is less than that of the early big desktop (they did have a handle though) Macs. Accounting for inflation the price of a Mac has been in free fall. They've never been cheaper.
  13. macrumors 65816

    Aug 13, 2011
    Just read the full review

    little nugget about the inexpensive part at the end, which is missing here ;)
  14. macrumors 68020


    Jun 18, 2009
    FEMA Region VIII
    I'm too spoiled by my 13" MBA to go back to a 15" laptop.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
    There are two knocks on it. The first is price, which I don't think is a legitimate argument because the market is the market. There is a market for $2100 laptops, it's just that the reviewer may not be in it.

    The second knock - which is very legitimate - is that third-party applications that haven't been optimized for retina look atrocious. If you're spending $2100 on a laptop, you shouldn't have to deal with Firefox or Thunderbird or any of hundreds of other programs looking like crap.
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 29, 2010
    Great product yes but current iMacs and no retina MBP are quad core too and can take up decent storage amount surly that still makes those great products as well!!

    in response to Engadget = but, this new Pro is on another level of performance. With a quad-core processor and up to 16GB of RAM it's a proper beast
  17. macrumors member


    Apr 1, 2012
    One of these days the lottery numbers will be in my favour... :(
  18. macrumors member


    Oct 19, 2011
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    About to buy new Macbook Pro no idea where to start?

    I am about to buy a Macbook Pro from the states due to the fact they are cheaper of course :cool: And I am in high doubt which configuration I should go for. I've been waiting to read reviews how the Non Retina compares to the Retina, and people say it's worth the money. I will be using the MBP for photoshop most of the time and Xcode programming while I am not a spec freak I do wanna get the best for the money. So far I have never had a problem of picking up a mac but, now with the Retina Macbook do I really want it ? Do I really need it are two different things. So I went out and made a quick ugly pros and cons picture to stack them up. Tell me what do you think.[​IMG]

    Thanks in advance!

    Cheers Simeon!
  19. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2007
    I couldn't believe the "inexpensive" term used in the review... Did they mean it terms of value for the money, maybe, but I wouldn't call it inexpensive, I would rather call it "invaluable".
  20. macrumors newbie

    May 25, 2010
    If Apple through in the ethernet cable dongle (haha), would people stop whining it about it?
  21. macrumors 65816


    Jan 12, 2005
    The review wasn't saying that the Macbook Pro is inexpensive, it was saying that being inexpensive is a desirable trait, one that this machine misses by a wide margin. Read more carefully?
  22. macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    Way to kinda miss the point...

    Personally I think that this "expensive" thing is getting a bit old. Yes, they're expensive machines. However, I actually think the price isn't actually that bad for the new model at all. I'd be inclined to say it's actually very good. You're getting a powerhouse of a notebook with an incredible form factor, and incredible display. You're paying extra money for a design that has genuine advantages in usability over both its competition as well as its former self. Expensive is what you get if you want a great machine, it doesn't make it bad value. Are they expecting Apple to sell these for £499?

    If it weren't for the fact that I've got two powerful machines already, I'd have ordered a base model the moment it went on sale.
  23. macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    There won't be any 17" version. The 17" line is dead, time for you to face that fact.
  24. macrumors regular

    Oct 7, 2008
    As you might guess, the one it misses by the biggest margin is "inexpensive."

    Read the entire article before you complain.
  25. macrumors member

    Jul 2, 2010
    Los Angeles
    The whole "expensive" argument is strange to me. The Retina MBP is actually pretty aggressively priced for what you get. Try pricing any other high end Ivy Bridge laptop (Mac or PC) with similar GPU, RAM and flash storage and you'll see that the MBP is actually a decent deal.

    Of course you can argue that a platter HD laptop would cost less. But that's not a direct comparison.

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