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Awesome power in a little package!,
This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro ME662LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
Love Amazon and their overnight shipping, but I actually found this laptop cheaper at Best Buy believe it or not! I was moving from a 2009 17" MacBook Pro which I loved, but it was just too big and bulky. One thing I loved about the 17" was the HUGE screen resolution -- 1920x1200. But while I loved all the huge area, my old eyes had a hard time with everything being so minuscule.
With the 13" MacBook - even with a Retina display - you are giving up a lot of screen real estate. Even though the Retina packs a massive amount of pixels into a smaller space, your actual screen size is still 1280x800. I was worried that would be too drastic a change for me, but OS X takes care of most of that with the ability to go fullscreen. I can go fullscreen with the 2-3 apps I'm working in and swipe back and forth on the trackpad or Alt+Tab and make the most of the resolution.
Screen and resolution aside, this little laptop is a monster! Mine as 8GB RAM and the 128GB solid state drive with an i5 processor -- easily outperforms my old Core2 Duo 17". And it's super thin -- there is no optical drive, so they were able to squeeze this thing down to almost MacBook Air proportions.
In short, I am so far very happy with my MacBook Pro 13" and don't miss my 17" at all. Keep an eye out for it on eBay. ;-)
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Initial post: Feb 19, 2013 10:58:16 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 19, 2013 11:00:12 AM PST
Ryan A. Rhodes says:
Don't forget you can also use a "scaled" resolution with the 13" rMBP. I like to use mine at 1680x1050 to get as much screen real estate as possible while still being able to read everything. If you want to get crazy you can install a third party application like "QuickRes" and go even higher, including 1920x1200, but things start to get a bit too tiny.
Oh also, you may have found this cheaper at best buy, but this particular model has a bigger SSD than yours, 256GB. It also has a *slightly* faster processor, at 2.6 GHz rather than 2.5 GHz. Regardless, this is a fantastic little laptop, especially at this cheaper price. Enjoy!
Posted on Apr 4, 2013 2:36:09 PM PDT
Your screen size is not 1280x800 (that's a pixel resolution, "massive amount of pixels" don't end up 1280x800...) Your screen size is 13". Your resolution is 2560x1600.
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