Apple MacBook Retina Display – Pros & Cons?

Is the 13inch MacBook pro Retina really worth the extra few hundred bucks price tag over it’s little brother the 2012 standard MacBook pro on the market (if you can call it standard!?) So lets compare the Retina pro’s and cons and see if it is really worth the extra spondoolies.

MacBook Pro vs Retina Display

Retina Pro’s

  • Ultra high contrast resolution display, with a whooping (2560 x 1600) at 227 pixels per inch which supports millions of colours. Definitely a market leader in terms of resolution I say!
  • Super sleek and slim line, a lot Thinner than it’s rival (MacBook pro late 2012) at 1.9cm in height = 0.75 inch.
  • Faster in speed overall over it’s rival with a processor speed of 2.5GHz duel-core i5 with a turbo boost of up to 3.1GHz! woweee! and even higher if you purchase the 15 inch retina.
  • Memory, while the standard MacBook pro is pre installed with 4GB of memory the Retina is installed with 8GB! saving potentially a couple of hundred dollars if apple upgrade you to the 8GB.
  • 720p FaceTime HD Camera to see your loved ones and friends clear as day!
  • Two thunderbolt ports and a HDMI output.
  • SDXC mini card insertion
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless networking for smoother connection.
  • We all know the amazing pro’s of this ultra sleek machine but what are the cons?


Retina Cons

  • One of the biggest disappointments that stuck out to me was that the retina 2013 does not come with a optical disc drive! I have heard a lot of peoples upset due to this lack of this feature. But a solution is you can have an external disc drive instead…
  • Although this beauty comes with an 8GB ram, you do not have the potential to upgrade to a higher ram such as a 16GB as recommended by apple. If ram is extremely important to you the iMac desktop computer goes to 16GB.
  • Apple has made it verrrry difficult indeed to remove the battery yourself, it’s kind of glued down! Meaning more of your hard earned cash goes to apple for their genius team to replace it at a higher cost.
  • We know the retina comes with a double thunderbolt port but What no firewire or ethernet outputs guys on this one!
  • In comparison to it’s big brother the MacBook pro Retina 15inch the graphics performance is lagging a bit behind and can struggle at times due to the high resolution display. tut tut.
  • A lot more extensive if you are comparing it to the MacBook pro late 2012 and the new 2013 MacBook air which is similar in size and features.



Do your homework, visit the Apple store for more info off the staff.
Look if size and resolution is the holy grail for you then then the Retina notebook just might be the one. If display and size and not top of your priorities then do consider the MacBook pro 2012 or maybe even the MacBook air! They are all fantastic notebooks with varying features, you just have to work out what’s most important for your needs đŸ˜€