Hands-on: first impressions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Hands-on: first impressions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

Guests at the Apple special event, held yesterday at the California Theater in San Jose, were able to put their hands together (hands-on) in the company's launches right after the presentation ends. Many of them have already shared their opinions, and we highlight some.

MacBooks Pro with Retina display (15 and 13 inches)

Check out the first impressions of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display:

Darren Murph, Engadget

To begin with, he is wildly thin. No, not like an envelope, but thin enough to fit in most briefcases and backpacks without the consumer noticing. Other than that, it is basically the shrunken version of the 15-inch model launched in the summer (Northern Hemisphere). The design unibody compact and, as always, the fit and finish continue to impress. In my opinion, this is what Apple did to deliberately differentiate the 13-inch MacBook Pro from the 13-inch MacBook Air. On the one hand, users who crave a highly portable laptop can rejoice; on the other hand, this can be seen as a reason for Apple to restrict the use of Retina screens in its range of Pro products.

Darrel Etherington, TechCrunch

In terms of performance, it is very similar to the 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, which is my main machine today. On the other hand, however, it is felt that it is significantly lighter, about 500g lighter than the larger model. This is a big difference for a machine that you carry with you every day and can influence some users, leaving the price issue aside.

Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear

We've been excited about Retina graphics in the past and the new MacBook Pro offers the same impact. The most normal mode of use is not actually stretching things to 2560 × 1600 pixels, but rather offering a lower resolution, but with smoother graphics. The result is nicer icons and types of text that you will struggle to find on a Windows notebook.

Nilay Patel, The Verge

We only had a little time to test the performance, but the 13 ″ s (MacBook Pro with Retina display) actually used 50% of the CPU when we ran the trailer Iron Man 3 in 1080p while playing a file multitrack from GarageBand and view a 21-megapixel RAW file in Aperture. This is impressive and very encouraging, considering the relatively weak Intel HD 4000 integrated graphics. Let's see how it handles a more intense (and normal) workload when we have a review unit, but for now, it looks like Apple has done a good job. work using the power available here.

Anand Lai Shimpi, AnandTech

We just spent some time with the other big ad: the MacBook Pro with a 13-inch Retina display. The 1.6kg machine is obviously lighter than the MacBook Pro with 15-inch Retina display, but you open it up with a processor quad-core and a dedicated GPU, which makes it more of an upgrade for users of the 13-inch MBP than an alternative to the 15-inch MBP Retina. It can also seduce some users of the 13-inch MacBook Air.

Mark Spoonauer, LAPTOP Magazine

While other notebook makers are busy producing hybrids with touch screens equipped with Windows 8, Apple is bringing its jaw-dropping Retina display to the laptop that you can take anywhere. The MacBook Pro with 13-inch Retina display ($ 1,699) feels like the ultrabook in person, thanks to its 2560 × 1600 pixel screen. This is not as big as the 15 inch model (2880 × 1800 pixels), but still twice as big as your HDTV. Everything from images on Pixelmator to texts on websites look much nicer on this screen, which shames all other laptops.

As we said, the 13 ″ MacBook Pro with more basic Retina display costs R $ 7,000, and can reach R $ 12,250. It is already available for purchase at the Brazilian Apple Online Store, but the deadline for leaving the warehouse is 2-3 weeks.