Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch with Retina Display 2014 Reviewed – See Features, Specifications, Price and Where To Buy

Published on September 10th, 2014 | by Peter Paul

The newest and latest version of the Apple’s popular notebook is the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch now with Retina Display, powered with the latest Intel Core Haswell processor with Intel Iris Graphics processor. To be honest, Apple’s naming scheme is quite confusing since the product name is still basically Apple MacBook Pro. The only difference is that they added “with Retina Display” on the naming to separate it from the previous generations of MacBook Pro. Of course the model numbers are different as well but model numbers are difficult to memorize and it’s confusing for the many. Anyway, let’s check what the new 13.3-inch Apple MacBook Pro has to offer. See its features, specifications, prices and where to buy below. There are also review videos below to help you with your decision making.

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Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina 2014 review

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Retina Features

Basically the new Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Retina now features a stunning 13.3-inch IPS Retina Display (obviously) with a resolution of 2560×1600. On the external, the design is basically the same with the previous generations, but it is now slimmer and lighter at 0.71-inch and only 3.46 lbs. The display is significantly much better compared to the previous generation, thanks to its IPS Retina display, offering a much wider viewing angles and with very little glare.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina features

The Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina, as well as its bigger 15.4-inch brother, is the first notebook ever to include two Thunderbolt 2 ports, two USB 3 ports, and an HDMI port, giving you a more connectivity options. Under the hood you get the latest Intel Core Haswell Processor with Intel Iris Graphics. The 13.3-inch models are powered by an Intel Core i5-4278U with a base clock speed of 2.6GHz, a Turbo Boost speed of up to 3.1GHz, 3MB Cache, and features Intel Iris Graphics 5100 graphics processor. The 128GB MGX72LL/A and 256GB MGX82LL/A models shares the same processor. Meanwhile the 512GB MGX92LL/A model is powered by a tad faster Intel Core i5-4308U with base clock speed of 2.8GHz and boost clock of 3.3GHz, also with Intel Iris Graphics 5100.

Meanwhile, the bigger Apple MacBook Pro 15.4-inch Retina are powered with a more powerful Intel Core i7-4770HQ clocked at 2.2GHz with 6M Cache, up to 3.40 GHz boost for the 256GB model, and Intel Core i7-4870HQ clocked at 2.5GHz with 6M Cache, and up to 3.70 GHz Boost for the 512GB model. If your work requires multitasking, image or video editing, or something more demanding than the usual, better get the 15.4-inch MacBook Pro Retina instead.

Aside from the newer Intel Core Haswell processor, the Apple MacBook Pro Retina also features PCIE based SSD storage drive (Solid State Drive) which is faster than SATA based SSDs. It also features faster 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity with speeds up to 1300Mbps.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina Specs

You’ll learn more details about the new Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13.3-inch on the video reviews below. Meanwhile, check out the rest of specifications below.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Retina Specifications

Specifications13-Inch Retina15-Inch Retina
Operating SystemOS X MavericksOS X Mavericks
Display13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch
Processor128GB: 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache256GB: 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
256GB: 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache512GB: 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
512GB: 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
Memory8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
Storage Capacity128GB, 256GB, 512GB PCIe-based flash storage. Configurable to 1TB flash storage.256GB, 512GB PCIe-based flash storage. Configurable to 1TB flash storage.
GraphicsIntel Iris Graphics 5100Intel Iris Graphics 5100
NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M with 2GB of GDDR5 memory and automatic graphics switching
Camera720p FaceTime HD camera720p FaceTime HD camera
ConnectivityMagSafe 2 power portMagSafe 2 power port
Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
HDMI portHDMI port
Headphone portHeadphone port
SDXC card slotSDXC card slot
Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (sold separately)Apple Thunderbolt to FireWire Adapter (sold separately)
Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (sold separately)
Wireless ConnectivityWiFi 802.11ac IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible with Bluetooth 4.0WiFi 802.11ac IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible with Bluetooth 4.0
AudioStereo speakersStereo speakers
Dual microphonesDual microphones
Headphone portHeadphone port
KeyboardFull-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement) with ambient light sensorFull-size backlit keyboard with 78 (U.S.) or 79 (ISO) keys, including 12 function keys and 4 arrow keys (inverted "T" arrangement) with ambient light sensor
TrackpadMulti‑Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three‑finger swipe, four‑finger swipe, tap, double‑tap, and drag capabilitiesMulti‑Touch trackpad for precise cursor control; supports inertial scrolling, pinch, rotate, swipe, three‑finger swipe, four‑finger swipe, tap, double‑tap, and drag capabilities
DimensionsHeight: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)Height: 0.71 inch (1.8 cm)
Width: 12.35 inches (31.4 cm)Width: 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
Depth: 8.62 inches (21.9 cm)Depth: 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight3.46 pounds (1.57 kg) 4.46 pounds (2.02 kg)
Battery and PowerUp to 9 hoursUp to 8hours
Built-in 71.8-watt-hour lithium-polymer batteryBuilt-in 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
Operating RequirementsLine voltage: 100V to 240V ACLine voltage: 100V to 240V AC
Frequency: 50Hz to 60HzFrequency: 50Hz to 60Hz
Storage temperature: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)Storage temperature: –13° to 113° F (–25° to 45° C)
Relative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensingRelative humidity: 0% to 90% noncondensing
Operating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feetOperating altitude: tested up to 10,000 feet
Maximum storage altitude: 15,000 feetMaximum storage altitude: 15,000 feet
Maximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feetMaximum shipping altitude: 35,000 feet
Warranty90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty90 days of free telephone support and a one-year limited warranty

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina reviews

Price and Where to Buy

The new Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina with Haswell and Iris Graphics are now widely available. Below are the models available with their respective best prices and links where you can buy.

128GB Model (MGX72LL/A) – See best price on B&H Photo and Video here.
256GB Model (MGX82LL/A) – See best price on B&H Photo and Video here.
512GB Model (MGX92LL/A) – See best price on B&H Photo and Video here.

Meanwhile, if you prefer the larger and faster 15.4-inch model, below are the respective models available with their prices.

256GB Model (MGXA2LL/A) – See best price on B&H Photo and Video here.
512GB Model (MGXC2LL/A) – See best price on B&H Photo and Video here.

The Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display is also available on Amazon UK here for UK customers.

Which Capacity Should I Choose? 128GB vs 256GB vs 512GB

Some of you might be wondering what capacity you should get. In my experience a 128GB storage capacity is very much limited and you will need an external storage drive, or cloud storage for your other files. The 256GB and 512GB variant offers more room, not to mention the 512GB capacity is powered by a slightly powerful processor. If you plan to store more files and install more applications, better get the one with a larger capacity.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch vs 15.4-inch Retina

The Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina is pretty much what most people will be using. The Core i5 dual core processor is not that weak (but not powerful either) and it’s very much capable of doing office work and other non-demanding tasks. It’s also smaller and lighter to carry around.

Meanwhile, if you need a powerful Apple MacBook Pro Retina, better get the 15.4-inch model since it is powered by a more powerful Intel Core i7 quad core processor with 4 cores and 8 threads, perfect for content creation, heavy multitasking, video and photo editing and rendering. This model is much suited for content creators and professionals who need a laptop that can meet their needs.

Why Not Yosemite OS?

As of today, all models come with OS X Mavericks. The OS X Yosemite v10.10 is the latest and yet to be released OS. It’s currently on beta stage and it will be released late of 2014. But don’t worry, once the Yosemite is released, you will most probably be able to upgrade your current OS X to the latest one.

Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch With Retina Review

The Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-inch Retina / Haswell Review video below is courtesy of onourshelf:

Here is another in depth Apple MacBook Pro review video courtesy of MobileTechReview:


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