The Portable Workstation Benchmark: MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

By on July 31, 2012, 4:15 AM

Apple’s coveted Retina display has finally found its way to a full-size notebook courtesy of the latest MacBook Pro. But anyone familiar with this new system knows that Apple didn’t simply add a higher resolution display to the standard MacBook Pro frame. Instead, there’s an entirely reworked chassis that’s nearly as thin as the MacBook Air and weighs more than a pound less than the standard Pro.

Customers can also configure a Retina system with up to 16GB of RAM and 768GB of flash storage, versus a maximum of 8GB of RAM and 512GB of solid state storage on a standard Pro. But hey, who are we kidding, the only reason that most people are going to dish over the extra cash for Apple’s latest and greatest is the 2880 x 1800 resolution goodness of the Retina display. And I’ll go ahead and let you in a little secret: it’s a thing of beauty.

If you didn’t know that this was the Retina display system, one look at the display even with the power off would point you in the right direction. For one, there is no traditional bezel surrounding the screen. It looks similar to say, the Infinity display found on the HP Envy 14 but the key difference visually is that the actual panel is just as dark black as the “bezel” around it.

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