If you are a professional, then you don’t need to be convinced why the Retina MacBook Pro is an awesome computer.
But if you are a consumer with a bit of disposable income, you might want to consider Apple’s newest 15-inch.
While the MacBook Pro line is marketed toward graphic designers and other professionals the Retina MacBook Pro has advantages over the smaller MacBook Pro and thinner MacBook Air for consumers too.
The computer purrs—we have never once heard the fan turn on while running 20 tabs at once or while watching HD video.
The Retina MacBook Pro is almost perfect but after using the computer for a week we found five things we love about the computer and five annoyances.
First, let’s take a look at what Apple sells you as stock. The standard MacBook Pro is the only computer that Apple sells that still has a DVD drive or optical disc drive of any sort. It’s the only laptop that has an ethernet port. It’s the only laptop that has Firewire. This may or may not matter to you, but it’s worth mentioning. A base model is $1,099, but if we’re trying to make this a workhorse, let’s soup up the only thing that isn’t easily modifiable. An extra $150 gets you a 2.9 GHz dual core Intel i7 processor, which puts it on par with many of Apple’s newer (and more expensive) laptops.
From there, the computer becomes your own canvas.
If that DVD drive doesn’t matter to you, you can rip it out and put another hard drive in: “Most folks replace their optical drive with an SSD,” Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixIt, which we profiled in November, told me. “It’s pretty cheap to have a 1 TB spinning drive and a 256 GB SSD.” The computer also uses standard RAM, so you can buy 16 gigs of it for a pittance, pop it in in a couple minutes, have a very, very fast computer. If your main reason for buying an Apple is OS X versus, say, an incredibly thin form factor, why would you choose anything else?