Apple MacBook Pro MD213LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display

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Apple MacBook Pro MD213LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display

Apple MacBook Pro MD213LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display

  • 2.5 GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • 8 GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • 256 GB Flash Storage
  • 13.3 inch LED-backlit Retina display, 2560-by-1600 native resolution, Intel HD Graphics 4000
  • Mac OS X Mountain Lion, 7 Hour Battery Life

The all-new 13-inch MacBook Pro features a stunning Retina display with over 4 million pixels. An advanced all-flash architecture and the latest Intel dual-core processors and graphics make everything amazingly fast. It has OS X Mountain Lion, the latest release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system. And the incredibly compact design measures just 0.75 inch thin and weighs only 3.57 pounds. Two Thunderbolt ports for connecting high-performance devices and transferring data at lightning speed Two USB 3 ports (compatible with USB 2 devices) and HDMI FaceTime HD camera Multi-Touch trackpad Up to 7 hours of battery life OS X Mountain LionSpecifications Intel Core i5 2.5GHz Dual-Core Processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz 3MB Shared L3 Cache 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory 256GB Flash Storage 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Retina display with IPS technology, 2560 by 1600 resolution Intel HD Graphics 4000 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g compatible B

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  1. 142 of 161 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Too many fake reviews, November 4, 2012
    By 
    Adron Gardner (USA) –
    (REAL NAME)
      

    This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MD213LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Personal Computers)

    UPDATE: 12/11/12

    After following Anandtech and their WebKit beta benchmarking awhile back, I’ve been testing all the newer WebKit builds over the past week and the scrolling gets better and better every few releases. The Pinch to Zoom on text is actually MASSIVELY better than the current actual Safari release. I think it goes a long way in proving, the point that better threading, Intel 4000 drivers or GPU off loading – or all the above – making everything much snappier on Ivy Bridge SoC retina machines. Surely not too far from an actual Safari update. You can grab a webkit download for free and test it yourself. Updates come out nearly everyday or more often.

    ***

    If you don’t own the machine – don’t review it. You are polluting the purpose of why Amazon has these here in the first place. To all the people who have “tried” the machine out for 30 seconds scrolling web pages and claim the 15 inch Retina is a better buy – you are wrong. The 15 inch model which I also use at work also depends on the Intel HD4000 for everything on the OS aside from video rendering, Photoshop GPU load or games. The UI performance and web browser scrolling is THE EXACT SAME on the 15 inch model if not worse. You have no business “reviewing” a product without using it for an extended amount of time.

    If you are buying this – you are paying for the display. That’s all there is to it. I reviewed the 15 incher Retina when we received it at the office and just about everything I said there applies exactly as it does here. The unit I purchased with my own money direct from Apple has been configured with the option Core i7 and 256gb SSD. I will reiterate my standings. I am a daily news and sports photojournalist and also an IT Manager. I work long days and long hours on both. I work with Linux, OS X and just about every flavor of Windows desktop or Server. I need fast, portable and reliable machines for tearing through my .NEF images from my D3 and D700. I need something fast and friendly for accessing Windows via Bootcamp. This 13 inch Retina Macbook is exactly what I need. But just like all of Apple products, it is not for everybody. That is why Apple has such a diverse catalog of machines – somewhere in there, you will find something for your needs at the right price.

    PROS:

    This is a Macbook Pro through and through. It has a speedy processor that blows through most tasks. Though it’s only a dual core, unlike the quad core 15, I/O is still really fast: startup, Application launches, saving, exporting – they are all blisteringly fast for something this small. I can process batches upon batches of RAW images in my now “old” copy of Photoshop CS4 with zero hesitation. It just wipes them out.

    Size and weight are PERFECT. The 15 inch Retina is a freaking boat anchor compared to this. It’s simply too wide to be truly portable. My 11 inch Macbook Air is a cramped pain to edit more than a few dozen images at a time. This 13 inch Retina weighs marginally more than a 13 inch Macbook Air but not enough that feels significant.

    It has a chunky keyboard and comfortable palm rest area.

    Who needs a CD drive anymore? Dirt cheap and fast USB flash sticks are quickly becoming the new swappable storage. If you do need one – the USB superdrive isn’t bad, but a normal 15″ model may be better in this price range.

    Speakers and sound quality are simply astonishing for a laptop. I can’t hear half what I play on my 11 inch air, here, you can Smokey Robinson or Vampire Weekend boom throughout the room with a real attention to clarity and low distortion.

    It’s built like a vault and feels more expensive than you will ever pay for it.

    The display is just stunning. It’s silky and subtle you don’t notice fully until you see something else. I had a field assignment yesterday and packed in the Macbook Air 11 because I don’t yet have a protective case for this Retina. I about threw up in my mouth for how bad – terrible even – the display on that Air is compared to this. You simply cannot go back.

    CONS:

    Battery life isn’t that great. The five hour range isn’t out of the questions, but don’t expect a whole lot more than that.

    I prefer the Magsafe connector that is parallel to the chassis and not perpendicular like this. That’s picky but most Apple users are.

    8 gigs of RAM forever sounds scary, but with the fast SSD, it is far less important than it would be with a slow platter drive. The soldered RAM is more of a talking point than actual problem.

    THis is not a gaming laptop. PERIOD. I have owned EVERY SINGLE form factor iteration of the Macbook and a good deal of the Pro line, even back to the freaking Powerbook 160. Yes a 160. I can say with authority, the 13 inch Macbooks have NEVER done gaming or video on any level more than passable. I have a…

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  2. 21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Phenomenal portability and resolution, 4.5 stars, December 4, 2012
    By 
    FreeSpirit
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    This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MD213LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Personal Computers)

    The new Retina MacBook Pro is outright gorgeous in terms of its form factor and screen resolution. There are several improvements in this version compared to the 2011 MBPRO 13″ that I owned previously:

    SIZE – Feels significantly lighter and thinner. Somewhere between the MBAir and old MBPRO. It’s almost a full pound lighter than the 4.5lb older MBP. A much more portable feel to it compared to the old MBP.

    RESOLUTION – No question, the resolution is what this device is all about. Refreshing new look as the screen is incredibly crisp (and that’s an understatement) with it ridiculously high pixels and also more on-screen real estate to work with. The screen is less reflective compared to its predecessor, making it easier to work in bright conditions.

    PORTS – Great improvements in my opinion – addition of an HDMI port and moving the second USB port to the other side, giving a USB port on both sides. Makes using them slightly easier. Firewire port replaced with an extra Thunderbolt port. Ethernet port and optical drive eliminated.

    MAGSAFE 2 – Original MagSafe connector replaced with MagSafe 2 connector. I personally am not aware of any advantages of the new connector in terms of charging/data transfer speed, but this was annoying because I had to buy another $80 MagSafe 2 charging cable for my office – I leave one at home and one at work.

    SPEED – Flash storage makes using this device significantly faster. Boot up time and loading time for apps is super fast. Opening up the screen from standby takes less than a second.

    BATTERY – not sure of the battery specs but I get about the same use on this as I did with my older MBP. If I am away from a wall outlet, a full charge is god enough to get me by the day with 20-30% battery remaining. This could of course vary depending on personal usage.

    STORAGE and RAM – The rMBP comes with 128GB of flash storage and is also available with a 256GB configuration at an additional $200 or so. A device with higher capacity storage can be configured but that pushes up the price pretty quick and pretty steep. The processor is a 2.5GHz dual-core i5, the Apple rep told me there was no option to get a quadcore processor for this device. Only upgrade possible was I think a i7. If the storage or processor is a deal breaker for you, consider getting the 15″ rMBP which comes with a i7 quadcore processor and 256GB flash storage. Performance wise or based on configuration options available, the 15″ fares significantly better than the 13″ but it is quite a bit more expensive.

    Bottomline – the 13″ rMBP in my opinion offers a good balance across all MBP and MBA devices – it offers fantastic portability (only slightly thicker than MBA) and great performance (falls short of rMBP 15 but better than other models).

    At the end of the day, whether or not to buy this device is entirely a personal decision based on several factors. IMHO, if portability is a major factor for you, the MBA might be better suited though I think if you try both devices side by side, the difference is insignificant. If performance is a must-have in terms of computing power and storage, the 15″ is definitely the better option with the additional $500 price tag . If you don’t care about either and just need a good functioning Mac, the older version MBP would be perfect and it’s much cheaper at $1199. That being said, once you see the resolution and form factor of this rMBP, it would be difficult to go back to the old MBP!

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  3. 96 of 115 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    this may be just the right mix of power and portability for the goldilocks out there, October 24, 2012
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    This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MD213LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (Personal Computers)

    WARNING: My laptop which I fully stand behind the 5 star reveiw and am in LOVE with was STOLEN during intenrational travel. This is just a warning to other users, turn on your find a macbook feature during setup!!! It does work abraod. I am not sure if I set it up in mine but it is not showing up in my icloud :( neither is my other stolen apple device. Only the device that wasn’t stolen is surfacing. The device has to be connected to wifi for it to show on the map which is the one downside. Consider installing other anti theft software as well. A huge investment down the drain if you have it lost or stolen so be VERY careful with it!! Once I can afford it I plan on buying the same one again. I paid $2012 for this laptop at the apple store and for this current amazon price I would DEFINATLEY recommend this laptop.

    Got my hands on the new macbook pro retina 13 inch 8gb i5 256 today retailing at apple for 1999.
    First impressions:
    PROS:
    -the screen is indeed INCREDIBLE. Images and text appear crisp sharp and stunning. I can’t look away. It makes anything look so vivid.
    -the size is a plus, the footprint is a little bit smaller than the macbook air. you can probably find pics of the comparison online.
    -keyboard is easy to type on, backlit as the others. There is no backspace or page up down key so far those are the differences Ive noticed from my other non mac computer.
    -sound is also pretty nice so far. It is actually coming from little slits along both bottom sides of the computer. Although its on the sides it isn’t touching the bottom because of the tapered design of the sides. Pretty cool design. Doesn’t muffle the sound I find so far.
    -it is very thin at first glance from the sides when you look closer you see that the sides are tapered so there is more to it that kind of goes off at an angle underneath.
    -weight is about 3.57 pounds. it is noticeably heavier than the macbook air by a little, but not enough to break your back or rule it out as an option for an ultraportable powerful laptop. you can hold it in one hand but it def isn’t as fabulous as holding the 11 and 13 airs, few things are.

    CONS:
    -price, about 2k, yikes!! The odd thing here is that with the apple education pricing for about $7 more you get the base configuration of the 15inch rMBP which gives you more screen, speakers on the sides of the keyboard, an NVIDIA graphics card and an i7 processor in the base model. The 15inch is about a pound heavier a little thinner but longer and wider. It seems like the better deal at this price point so the contemplation will be over how much size and weight matters to you comparatively with the specs you will gain. Ultimately this will depend on how much you will carry the laptop around and what you are buying it for.
    -the bottom seems to be heating up quite a bit while streaming videos. I hope this doesn’t become a big issue since I really like this laptop!
    UPDATE: the part near the screen top and bottom does heat up a bit, I think that is where the battery is. I noticed when I stream videos it can get quite hot, but when I used the HDMI cable to stream videos onto a large tv it did not heat up at all. You have to be careful to make sure not to block the vents at the back of this laptop which are in the hinge area under the screen. I found it not enough of a reason to take it back.

    TBD:
    -battery life. not sure if it lives up to the 7 hours, so far its still going strong since I pulled it out of the box earlier today. check into professional reviews when they put it through the paces, not many are online yet but will likely be popping up tomorrow and onward.
    UPDATE: while streaming videos the battery can be quite short like around 5 hours depending on the settings, but while traveling and without video streaming I was finding it was about 7 like promised.
    -HD 4000 graphics card- the biggest concern of mine for this laptop and probably the biggest reason most people won’t choose it over the air is that it only has the one HD4000 graphics card which people seem to think may not be enough and no separate NVIDIA graphics card. I am not sure how much this will effect the graphics and video streaming etc in the long run so this is still tbd for me. The apple people said that the extra NVIDIA card is only needed or noticeable when doing 3d gaming or intense video editing so in that case it may not be a problem. So far the videos I have streamed look great and have been playing just fine. Will have to see how much this matters in the end.
    UPDATE: video streaming on this was a dream. I only had it stream slowly once I think it may have been the internet connection, but for my usage light editing of pics and vido streaming while watching movies and shows I did not feel like the HD 4000 card was underperforming. Also as other reviews have noted to those who are screaming that just the 4000 card in this machine…

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