Apple® - MacBook Pro® with Retina Display - 13.3" Display - 8GB Memory - 128GB Flash Storage
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- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery TypeLithium Polymer (Li-Polymer)
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3 SDRAM
- Optical DriveNot included
- Built-in WebcamYes
- Laptop WeightUltraportable (5.5 lbs. or less)
- HDMI OutputYes
- Operating System PlatformMac
- Graphics ChipIntel
- Drive Capacity128GB
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 457 reviews(457 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Perfect laptop for college|Posted .
I love my new Macbook Pro. It does so much for me behind the scenes. The security scans, iCloud, and notifications make my life simpler. And I know I can call a Geek Squad member if there is ever a problem. I feel confident that this laptop will be perfect for college.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Expected Apple quality plus unexpected Best Buy ex|Posted .
Upgrade to a 2007 MacBook Great speed increase. Profile and weight improved with SSD drive. Display is awesome. Pleasure of a sharp and personable Best Buy salesperson. Unexpected price competitive to buying from Apple onlineI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Sleek, reliable, long battery, slower performance|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
What I first noticed about the MacBook Pro was that it was pretty heavy. Not heavier than my windows laptop (which was a desktop-replacement model), but it had a good weight, and I liked that it didn't feel cheap. It's a well-built machine. Everything is put together very professionally. The screen looks great, but it's nothing I'd brag about, honestly. The *Retina Display* thing is a gimmick. Sure, it looks great, but the resolution still looks like 1280x800 by default. You can scale it, though, so no worries. All I can say is that pictures are sharper, but it doesn't really make for a better system unless you're a graphic designer. In that case, go for the 15 inch Retina MacBook. Stop looking at this one. Either way, the screen is a fingerprint magnet, so you obviously shouldn't be touching it, since it isn't a touchscreen, anyway. The keyboard is pretty well done, if you don't mind chiclet style keyboards. My previous Windows machine used a chiclet keyboard, so the migration was no real issue. The function (fn) key is used to access the F1-F12 keys, which by default, are volume, brightness, music controls, etc. The backlit keyboard works great, and has adjustable settings. The command key is much like your control key in Windows. After grasping that concept, shortcut keys have made more sense in closing apps, closing & opening tabs in browsers, etc. The fact that there are only 2 USB ports is too bad, but it's compromise with a smaller machine. However, the fact that there are 2 thunderbolt ports means I can easily get an expansion bay if I want to pay a hefty price. The system does have onboard HDMI, which is nice. The thunderbolt ports acts as DisplayPorts, too, so if you want to use more external monitors, it's no problem. I've used 2 external monitors in addition to the Retina Display without any issues. The SD card slot works as it should, but like many laptops, the SD card does not go all the way into the machine. There are some adapters for MicroSD cards that will have a flush fit, but for standard SD cards, you just have to deal with it sticking out. The sound quality from the on-board speakers? Tons of people love it, but I think the quality is *just* above average for a laptop. I have a $45 keyboard with built in speakers that sound phenomenal compared to the speakers on this. The 13 inch MacBook Pro has a lot more bass response than the 15 inch model, which has a "flatter" sound. However, my largest complaint is that there is too much treble. For the average person, this won't be a problem, as you probably aren't an audio engineer. I'm a recording engineer and producer, so I have used professional reference monitors, professional headphones, and tons of laptop speakers and stereo systems. The speakers on this are LOUD, but the sound quality isn't anything to rave about. The trackpad is great, very responsive, and the oils from your fingers won't decay the material, since everything's aluminum. Still, clean your keyboard and trackpad properly, weekly, if possible. The controls and gestures are very useful, since it's a multi-touch trackpad. YES, you can enable right-click, if you just go into the settings. There's quite a bit of control over the trackpad, so don't worry about that. It's very large and done very well. The OS and performance? It's a pretty fluid experience, I would have to say. I get over 7 hours of battery life fairly often, but that does depend on *what* it is that I'm doing. Still, far better than most current generation Ultrabooks. My biggest complaint is that they used Intel HD 4000 graphics in this machine. It's nor horrible, but when you have a lot of pictures displaying in the browser, scrolling up and down becomes choppy. Gaming is a no-no with intel graphics, unless you're a casual, light gamer. I've also had strange horizontal lines running across graphics in web pages. I'm not sure why this happens, but it has happened a few times. Thankfully, if it's a serious problem, Apple will take care of the issue with their 1 year warranty. I've had other apple products, and their warranties are pretty reliable. Beyond that minor issue, sometimes I hit a CPU bottleneck in which I get poor performance. This is only a dual-core processor, so don't expect to do very complicated processing tasks. Is this good for programming? Yes, this machine does great for programming. I'm a senior getting his B.S. in Computer Science degree soon, and I'm using my machine for this very purpose. But if you use a lot of applications that utilize quad core multi-threading (audio/video rendering, graphics, music production, etc.), go with an i7 MacBook Pro. You won't regret the decision. So while I sometimes feel I paid for an under-powered product that can't be upgraded, it was my choice to go with a 13 inch device where the specifications were clearly laid out. But even the 15 inch MacBook Pros are rather expensive. Is it worth it? Well, if you want a machine that's reliable, has great resell value, comes from a reputable company, and has decent performance, great battery life, and solid build quality, then I would say yes --if you are willing to pay the hefty pricetag. If not, there are plenty of other options out there. But Apple has a strong reputation for a reason.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
First Mac, very happy.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Until buying this MacBook I have always used a PC. Switching over from PC to Mac is very easy. There aren't many differences that most basic users would experience. The combination of size and performance is great. Battery life excellent, never had a laptop with a battery that could lasts longer 5 hours. However, if you are a gamer you will need to get a model with the extra graphics card, as many games won't support the Intel graphics in this model. The only other downside is that you can't make any hardware upgrades, like adding memory, however I don't see 8gb of RAM being insufficient anytime soon.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
amazing first time macPosted .I would recommend this to a friend
well before i cut down to any of the laptop features i would like to say i got this laptop open box for an OUTSTANDING PRICE OF $1200!!! with tax 1284 :D. ok so i had bought the regular macbook pro the day before and i called best buy just to ask if they had any open box retinas. the guy is like yeah we have one for 1200! so i drove to the store and to much shock (even he was shocked) it was in beautiful condition! like brand new! came with everything in box! everything! i got it instantly exchanged my other one :D. ok now for the price i think apple is asking too much! 1700 plus tax is a fortune and i cannot afford to put all that down. but if you have the cash for it GET IT! BUT ASK BEST BUY ABOUT OPEN BOX! you can get lucky like me. i got this laptop about a week ago. quick overview of the laptop. this is my first mac been a windows user my whole life and im not going back to windows after this. the speakers on this laptop are LOUD! they sound clear and just fill my room up with noise love them! bluetooth is perfect pairs with my dre wireless. the screen is gorgeous. i mean i had a 1080p asus g74sx and now using this that laptop looked like it had a screen from the 90s. retina is the way to go now period. touchpad is the same amazing . the 128 (flash ssd) is a little yes but i bought a 1 tb hdd for my storage needs so thats ok. this laptop is NOT for gaming. (get a ps3 or xbox) lol or just get the 15 inch model. but if you really want to do gaming go for an asus laptop. they make amazing gaming laptops i had 4 of them previously. anyways this laptop has amazing speed, multitasking, and it wakes from sleep within a second i think! the keyboard is perfect im typing in my room pure dark love the backlight keyboard! it weights nothing! literally really close to the macbook air. the design is beautiful it lacks a cd/dvd drive but i dont use those (and you can get an external for 20-30 dollars) it has an hdmi which is awesome and 2 usb 3.0s. 2 thunderbolt ports. it does not have the battery light indicator which the old macbooks had which is a bummer. i found that useful. the retina display is mesmerizing!!!!!! IF you have the money for it buy it you will not regret it. i have no idea why there are few bad reviews. they must be fake or something. 8gb ram is built in you cannot upgrade and same with the flash storage) you cannot change that. so if your into getting new parts in this is not the machine for you. hope i helped! and switching between pages (swiping) there is no lag :D
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great Product|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I am 26 years old and this is my first mac. I have used other apple products and enjoyed them. There were two reasons that I stuck with windows based computers. 1. I used my computer primarily for gaming. Which mac is not suited for. 2. Macs are significantly more expensive. I now use my computer for pretty much everything but games. I am studying computer science and Xcode(the mac compiler) is fantastic. The user interface takes some getting used to, but once you have figured it out it is quite easy to use. In my opinion, the design and appearance of a macbook is superior to any other laptop. Also, the hard metal case just feels good. The trackpad on the macbook is far better than the trackpad on any other laptop. It is very responsive and does not get in the way while you are typing. There are also several convenient features associated with it. To go back or forward a webpage you just swipe with two fingers right or left. The same goes for scrolling through a document or webpage. One of my favorite features is the ability to open multiple desktop windows. This way, I just spread my open applications over a few desktops and I can swipe between them using four fingers on the track pad. It may seem like something small, but I much prefer this feature instead of alt-tabbing my way through apps. You can still tab through open apps on the mac by using the command button. There are other things I could talk about but the best way to decide if the mac is good for you is to use it. Personally, I love it and I don't think I will go back to pc.
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
My MacBook Pro purchase surprised even me!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I went into Best Buy looking at Ultrabooks. The BB sales rep happened to mention they’d just gotten in an Open Item MBP and it was priced at approximately the same as an Asus Ultrabook I was considering, and waiting to go on sale. I have been back and forth on this for many reasons, and am currently leaning toward returning it. I really enjoy the peace of mind an Apple product brings regarding viruses, and I’ve had my fair share over the years on my PCs. The navigation does take some getting used to for an old PC user. Some of that I have figured out. Another concern is that I have 2 500G external HDs with tons of files on them (doc, docx, xls, ppt, etc). I have struggled to find where certain files are on these drives, if they are even available through the Mac. To counteract that issue, I decided to buy a BabyAsus PC for about $400, but the Windows 8 is even worse than the Mac. That is going back, too! For some reason, I have noticed that the Mac drops my wireless connection requiring me to go into Settings and launch the Wireless Assist Me function and diagnostics. No idea why. And finally, I am using a trial of Office 365, which I figured would be able to use on both the Mac and the PC. There are some issues there, too. One of the features the Mac seems to lack is the ability to do a Print Preview of a Word or Excel document. That seems pretty basic to me. And I really miss the ability to close a file in the upper right corner, whereas with the Mac, you have to remember it's on the left side!! There are several other features and functions that I consider really basic and really necessary when using MS Office. They just do seem to exist on the Mac. I believe that one shouldn’t have to do a ton of reading, viewing tutorials, etc. to use a computer, but that is, in fact, what I have spent way too much time doing trying to make this conversion. I guess I just have too much PC muscle memory to be a good convert. I’ve heard Macs are great if that is what you start on, but unfortunately I didn’t. Additionally, Apple seems so proprietary that you have to buy additional peripherals and equipment and can’t use the stuff you already have. Gets pricey after awhile. ☹ My recommendation to a friend would include all my issues, but recognition that it's a nice, if pricey, device for some.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
So much better than the PC it replaced|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This laptop has been a dream. Easily converted from windows, added a new apple network, and moved files/mail easily. I really enjoy being on one platform with my Iphone, iPad and now laptop. The ability to beam your screen on your tv with Apple TV was an unexpected bonus.