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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing screen, phenomenal build quality, extremely portable, November 5, 2012
This review is from: Apple MacBook Pro MD212LL/A 13-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (OLD VERSION) (Personal Computers)
Pros
Display: The retina display is absolutely jaw dropping. No magnifying glasses, no tiny icons, just pixel-tastic glory perfect for photos and video.
Fit & Finish: Sturdy aluminum chassis with typical Apple attention to detail. Everything just feels like it fits together perfectly.
Performance: Handles photo and video editing, and light gaming(Diablo 3 with medium settings) without issue.
Portability: The design comes in at about 3.5 pounds and happily spends the day in a backpack, or an evening on the sofa.
Trackpad: Think iPhone quality response and that's exactly what you have. Extremely sensitive and versatile.

Cons
Price: Yes this is not a cheap computer, but when you start to spec out comparable machines you're really only shelling out a few hundred extra. (Please do not comment about how the Vizio Thin-N-Light is way less expensive. That particular computer is not even in the same category.)

Regarding Disk Space: The 128GB version (which is actually around 121GB) comes with roughly 105GB of usable space (~16GB of OS and iLife) out of the box. While some may find this inadequate, it appears to be more than enough for me. I recommend using iTunes Match to save yourself considerable space (my 70GB library has been reduced to 10GB as I only need a small amount of music for when I have no wifi) and be diligent about keeping your machine free of junk.

Versus MBA: Don't get me wrong, the Macbook Air is an excellent computer, probably the best all-around machine when you factor in price. That being said the screen on the retina model is infinitely better. For about $500 more you're getting double the RAM, a slight increase in overall performance, and a massive screen upgrade. Is it worth it? Maybe. Guess it depends on how much expendable income you have, and how much you value the display. I tried them side by side and was left feeling there was no way I could be happy with the Air after having seen the Retina.

Bottom Line: If you're like me and enjoy getting your hands on some cutting edge consumer tech, then this is the machine for you. I'm sure eventually these type of displays will trickle down to budget-friendly laptops, but for the time being this is the only show in town. I recommend checking it out in store so you can get a feel for what an amazingly well rounded device it is.
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Showing 1-4 of 4 posts in this discussion
Initial post: Nov 14, 2012 6:25:20 PM PST
I just wanted to say that I am sure this is a fine computer - however, I'd like to point out that the Vizio TNL Ultrabook is certainly *not* a "piece of junk", and at an excellent price point >for what you're getting<. I'm sure this MBP is a better, much nicer computer overall, and the retina display probably will not have an equal for a while, but it's also a little like comparing Apples (heh) and oranges.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 14, 2012 7:05:07 PM PST
Ledznvrdead says:
There's no doubt Vizio is on to something with an affordable, no bloatware, PC alternative to Mac. Unfortunately for me the issues with keyboard and trackpad are far too glaring. I believe you nailed my point perfectly, please don't compare these two as they're not even in the same category.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 10:31:22 AM PST
Energy^ says:
Hmm, sounds like it upsets you to see the Vizio being compared to this new MBA.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 5, 2012 7:13:38 PM PST
Book buyer says:
The Vizio is of course a pice of junk.
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