When Apple announced the iPad Mini in late October, many people were more excited about the new MacBook Pro it announced the same day: a 13" laptop with Apple's famed "retina display" – which means the screen is so good you can't see any pixels.
Well the Verge published a review, and to our surprise, it wasn't all that positive.
Here's the jist of Nilay Patel's expansive review:
I spent the entire time I was reviewing the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display thinking about the MacBook Air. Not the current Air, which has become the best overall laptop on the market, but the very first Air — the one from 2008 that was ridiculously underpowered, featured terrible integrated Intel graphics, had just 2GB of RAM and an 80GB hard drive, and cost an absurd $1,799. I know people who bought that computer and felt an immediate combination of intense love and deep regret — while it was blindingly clear that all laptops would be that thin and beautiful in the future, it was equally clear that Apple was too far ahead of the performance curve in the present. Four years later, the Air has become Apple’s mainstream product and the PC industry is still working to catch up. The curve has flattened out.
It’s the same thing with the 13-inch Pro — it’s hard not to love this thing when you first see it. Just look at that screen. But you’re paying a lot of money for a computer that once again offers a single tantalizing glimpse of the future only to be limited by the realities of the present in almost every other way.
Here's what he doesn't like about it:
- Strained performance
- Smaller usable screen area than MacBook Air at Retina setting
- Only 128GB of storage
- Stunning display
- Solid battery life
- Impressive size and weight
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