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Apple MacBook Pro 13 Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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The 2012 MacBook Pro 13 laptop is a popular model for students and professionals alike, and is a best seller at several nationwide retail outlets.

There are two models of MacBook Pro 13 available: The base model comes with a 2.5Ghz Intel Core i5 processor while the faster and more powerful 2.9Ghz Intel Core i7 is packed inside the more expensive model. The 13.3" screen has a native 1280x800 screen resolution.

Customers can customize the memory and storage capacity of the MacBook Pro 13. Both models come with a standard hard drive: the base has 500GB, the upgraded model has 750GB. Customers have the option to upgrade to a solid-state drive (a hard drive without moveable parts) in sizes ranging from 128GB to 512GB.

The MacBook Pro comes with a versatile Thunderbolt port that allows VGA, HDMI, and DVI outputs -- but adaptors for those tasks 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 are up to $50 less than the base MSRP of $1,199 for the 500GB model, and $149 less than the $1,499 base MSRP for the 750GB 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

(Prices as of 08/19/2013)
MD101LL/A  MD102LL/A  Source
(500GB storage)   (750GB storage)  
$1,050$1,350Best Buy

Additional Costs:

$100 Upgrade to 8GB memory
$100-$,1000Upgrade to hard drive
$100 Upgrade memory to 8GB
$35 HDMI adapter
$79 Extra power adapter


DimensionsHeight: 0.95"
Width: 12.78"
Depth: 8.94"
Weight4.5 lbs.
Display Size13.3"
Display Resolution1280x800
Operating SystemMac OS X Mountain Lion
Processor2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or 2.9GHz quad-core Intel Core i7
Memory4GB (can be upgraded to 8GB)
Hard Drive TypeTraditional hard drive
Storage Capacity500GB-750GB (Upgrades available to various 128GB-512GB solid state drives)
Graphics CardIntel HD Graphics 4000
Optical DriveYes, 8x SuperDrive
Battery LifeUp to 7 hours
AudioStereo speakers with subwoofer; omnidirectional microphone
PortsThunderbolt port (for VGA, HDMI, DVI outputs with adapters sold separately); 2 USB 3.0; headphone jack; Ethernet, SDXC card slot, Firewire
Other FeaturesBacklit keyboard
FaceTimeHD camera
Warranty1 year, limited

For manufacturer information about this product, go to Apple.

What People Are Saying:

While critics typically call the MacBook Pro overpriced, it is one of the most popular models sold -- continually ranking high on best seller lists at retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon. One of its bigger selling points is the near-immunity to viruses, malware and spyware that often plagues PCs.
  • CNET: "While the 13-inch MacBook Pro remains a well-built laptop, it's fallen behind the MacBook Air and Retina Display MacBook Pro in design, lacks higher-end upgrades, and feels too expensive compared with the competition."
  • PC Mag: "It's a solid laptop, but the end result isn't that different from the previous iteration, and does little to stand out from the crowd of Windows laptops with similar specifications."