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Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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The MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display was introduced late in 2012, ahead of the holiday shopping season.

There are two models of MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display available: Both are equipped with a 2.5Ghz Intel Core i5 processor (upgradable to a 2.9Ghz Intel Core i7). The models have varying storage capacities, the base model has 128GB, the higher model has 256GB, but both can be upgraded with up to 768GB.

The 13.3" monitor with the touted Retina display has a native 2560x1600 high-definition resolution.

The MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display comes with a two versatile Thunderbolt ports that allow VGA, HDMI, and DVI outputs -- but adaptors for those connections are sold separately.

The MacBook comes with OS X Mountain Lion installed, the most recent Apple operating system for MacBooks. Standard software includes Safari, FaceTime, iCloud, Calendar, Messages, access to the Mac App store and integration with Twitter and Facebook.

CostHelper Bottom Line: Advertised prices for the Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display are $50-$100 less than the base MSRP of $1,199 for the 128GB model, and $20-$100 less than the $1,499 base MSRP for the 256GB model. Often the best time of year to buy a Mac computer is around the beginning of the school when student discounts are available.

Prices For Apple MacBook Pro 13 with Retina Display

(Prices as of 08/19/2013)
MD212LL/A  MD662LL/A  Source
(128GB storage)   (256GB storage)  
$1,399$1,599Best Buy
$1,449$1,599J&R Electronics

Additional Costs:

$200 Upgrade to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7
$500-$1,000Upgrade to 512GB-768GB solid-state drive
$35 HDMI adapter
$79 External optical drive
$20 Pages (word processing program compatible with Word documents)
$20 Keynote (presentation software compatible with PowerPoint)


DimensionsHeight: 0.75"
Width: 12.35"
Depth: 8.62"
Weight3.57 lbs.
Display Size13.3"
Display Resolution2560x1600
Operating SystemMac OS X Mountain Lion
Processor2.5GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Upgradeable to 2.9GHz dual-core Intel Core i7)
Hard Drive TypeSolid-state drive
Storage Capacity128GB-256GB (Upgradeable to 512GB-768GB)
Graphics CardIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveNo
Battery LifeUp to 7 hours
AudioStereo speakers, dual microphone
Ports2 Thunderbolt port (for VGA, HDMI, DVI outputs with adapters sold separately); 2 USB 3.0; SD card slot; headphone jack; HDMI port
Other FeaturesRetina display screen with 2560x1600 resolution
FaceTimeHD camera
Backlit keyboard
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Apple.

What People Are Saying:

While the MacBook Pro with Retina display was a welcome addition to the Apple line-up of laptops, critics contend $1,699 is a steep price to pay. Nevertheless, there are several competing PC laptops in the $1,600-$1,700 range. Tech reviewers call the Retina screen impressive and hard to beat, but the lack of an optical drive is disappointing.
  • The Verge: "One day all computer displays will look this good. One day we'll sit around campfires, drinking moonshine and telling our children nightmare tales of visible pixels and display resolutions under 200ppi. That day will be wonderful. It will also have a reasonable graphics chip, more than 128GB of storage, and cost less than $1,699. Until that day comes, you should either trade up to the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display or buy a MacBook Air and save your wistful Retina dreams for a $499 iPad on the side."
  • CNET: "While the Retina MacBook Pro is easily the most desirable 13-inch Mac laptop to date, the high price and lack of discrete graphics make it a tough call versus either the more powerful 15-inch Retina Pro or the more affordable 13-inch Air."
  • PC Mag: "The Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (Retina Display) is the best way to carry the pixels of a large-screen monitor with you on the road. It's ideal for people who make their living with visuals."