Apple MacBook Pro 13" with Retina display 13" 8 GB 2.4 GHz 256 GB SSD (ME865)

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Apple MacBook Pro 13" with Retina display 13" 8 GB 2.4 GHz 256 GB SSD (ME865)

No surprises here: The 2013 MacBook Pro 13 has the same design as the 2012 version, which isn't a bad thing. Not only is the all-aluminum unibody design stylish and sleek, but it also feels sturdy. At 12.35 x 8.62 x 0.71 inches and 3.46 lbs., the MacBook Pro is marginally lighter and thinner than last year's version (3.57 lbs., 0.75 inches), but on the heavy side when compared to some Ultrabooks.

As usual, the keyboard on the 13-inch MacBook Pro is top-notch. Featuring the same layout as its predecessor, its black keys provide plenty of travel and snappy response. Each key is individually backlit, making it easy to type in dim lighting. We also noticed zero flex as we typed this review. The top row houses several handy direct actions keys, including brightness controls, shortcuts for Mission Control and Launchpad, and media controls.

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (2013) TouchpadThe 4.1 x 3-inch glass touchpad on the 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is as smooth and reliable as ever. We especially like the ability to show the desktop (spread with three fingers) and launch Mission Control (four fingers up). Swiping in with two fingers from the right shows your alerts in the Notification Center. Unlike on many Windows machines, pinch-to-zoom and two-finger scrolling are effortless.

Like last year's 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the 2560 x 1600-pixel display on this year's version is absolutely stunning. Whether we were watching trailers, such as "Thor: The Dark World'; viewing websites; or looking at high-res pictures, images just popped off the screen.

More important, there are about 250 apps that can take advantage of the Pro's Retina Display. For example, when we browsed Web pages in Safari, text and pictures looked incredibly crisp. While the ATIV Book 9 Plus has an even higher resolution of 3200 x 1800, there are no Windows 8 apps optimized for such high resolutions.

With a brightness of 340 lux, the MacBook Pro outshone the ATIV Book 9 Plus (251 lux), Acer Aspire S7 (329 lux) and Sony VAIO Pro 13 (237 lux).

Like last year's 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro, the 2560 x 1600-pixel display on this year's version is absolutely stunning. Whether we were watching trailers, such as "Thor: The Dark World'; viewing websites; or looking at high-res pictures, images just popped off the screen.

More important, there are about 250 apps that can take advantage of the Pro's Retina Display. For example, when we browsed Web pages in Safari, text and pictures looked incredibly crisp. While the ATIV Book 9 Plus has an even higher resolution of 3200 x 1800, there are no Windows 8 apps optimized for such high resolutions.

With a brightness of 340 lux, the MacBook Pro outshone the ATIV Book 9 Plus (251 lux), Acer Aspire S7 (329 lux) and Sony VAIO Pro 13 (237 lux).

After we streamed a Hulu video on full screen for 15 minutes, the touchpad on the MacBook Pro measured 79 degrees Fahrenheit, the space between the G and H keys was 90 degrees and the middle of the underside was 89 degrees. All are below what we consider uncomfortable (95 degrees); however, the back-right corner of the bottom hit 97 degrees.

The new MacBook Pro features two Thunderbolt 2 ports, which promise up to 20 Gbps transfer speeds -- four times faster than USB 3.0. While you wait for Thunderbolt accessories to hit the market, you can use the MacBook Pro's two USB 3.0 ports. Also included is HDMI, a headphone jack and an SD Card reader; we really wish the cards would insert fully, instead of protruding from the side.

Boasting a fourth-generation 2.4-GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of flash storage, the 2013 MacBook Pro cruised through our benchmarks with ease.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro's score of 8,249 on Geekbench was more than 2,000 points higher than the category average (5,910) as well as the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus (5,077), which has a 1.6-GHz Intel Core i5-4200U processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD. The Acer Aspire S7-392, which has the same CPU as the Samsung but 8GB of RAM, scored 5,184. The VAIO Pro 13, which has a 1.8-GHz Intel Core i7-4500U and 8GB of RAM, notched 5,507 on this test.

The MacBook Pro took just 12 seconds to boot into OS X Mavericks, which is almost half the average (20 seconds), but slower than the Samsung (11 seconds), Acer (9 seconds) and Sony (7 seconds). Still, the new PCIe flash memory in the Mac was blazing fast, duplicating 4.97GB of multimedia files in just 17 seconds, for a rate of 299.4 MBps. That's more than twice as fast as the ATIV Book 9 Plus (127 MBps), Aspire S7 (113 MBps) and the category average (109 MBps). Only the Sony VAIO Pro (392 MBps) proved faster.

The MacBook Pro took 5 minutes and 2 seconds to pair 20,000 names and addresses in the OpenOffice Spreadsheet test. That's a few seconds faster than the Acer (5:12), Samsung (5:13) and Sony (5:10). All are about a minute faster than average.

It took 2 minutes and 28 seconds to transcode a 205MB video trailer to 720p in iMovie after applying the Dream effect and using the Enhance tool. By comparison, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (and Nvidia graphics) took just 1:06.

The 2013 MacBook Pro is outfitted with Intel's new Iris Graphics, an integrated GPU that's supposed to deliver twice the performance of the previous generation of GPUs. While it didn't live up to those claims, this component is certainly better than other Intel GPUs.

On the OpenGL portion of the Cinebench test, the MacBook Pro scored 20.98, compared to 16 for the ATIV Book 9 Plus, 15.7 for the Acer S7 and 12 for the VAIO Pro 13, all of which have Intel HD Graphics 4400 GPUs. Last year's MacBook Pro scored 17 on the same test.

On "World of Warcraft," the MacBook Pro averaged 32 frames per second with the resolution set to 1280 x 800, and effects on full. That's just above what we consider playable (30 fps), but much better than the ultraportable average (20 fps), the Book 9 Plus (19 fps) and the Acer S7 (21 fps) at 1366 x 768. The VAIO Pro 13 averaged 14 fps when we ran the test at 1280 x 1024.

Does that mean that Iris Graphics are ready to compete with discrete GPUs? Well, not quite. When we increased the resolution to its native 2560 x 1600, the MacBook Pro averaged just 20 fps with effects on autodetect, and 13 fps with everything maxed out. People interested in better graphics performance and gameplay will want to step up to the discrete GPU in the 15-inch MacBook Pro.

On the LAPTOP Battery Test, the MacBook Pro lasted 9 hours and 31 minutes. That's a 2-hour improvement over last year's version, and more than 3 hours longer than the category average (6:17). This runtime also bested the ATIV Book 9 Plus (8:06), the Acer Aspire S7-392 (8:53) and the Sony VAIO Pro 13 (7:20). However, with its slice battery attached, the Sony lasted 14:38.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro comes with Apple's new OS X 10.9 Mavericks operating system, which has plenty of useful enhancements and new features. For example, the Finder now supports Tabs, making it easier to multitask, as well as Tags for keeping related items in one place. We also appreciate the ability to respond to emails and iMessages directly from notifications, though we'd like to see it extend to third-party apps such as Hipchat.

Apple's dominance is almost getting boring. The refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display once again keeps it one step ahead of other ultraportable notebooks. Not only does this machine offer one of the best displays and better performance, but its battery life is also the best in its price range.

CPU power 2.4 GHz
Display Resolution 2560х1600
Hard Drive 256 GB SSD
Network WiFi+BT
Operating System Mac OS X
Processor Intel Core i5
RAM Memory 8 GB
Screen Size 13.3"
Touch Screen No
Video card 1024 Mb
Webcam Yes
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