PC Magazine reviews Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display: Editor’s choice

“The Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch (Retina Display) is the laptop you want if you care about performance, thinness, and the screen,” Joel Santo Domingo reports for PC Magazine.

MacDailyNews Note: A couple of pet peeves: Apple does not make “laptops.” They make notebooks. And, it’s “Retina display.” Small “d.” After reading so many Apple-related articles, we’ve developed sensitivities to certain peccadilloes. “iTouch” would be another. “Apple Computer.” Etc. You probably have some, too, right?

“This “next-generation” MacBook Pro hasn’t just caught up to the thin and powerful Windows laptops and ultrabooks on the market; it has surpassed them to become the high-end choice for media professionals, enthusiasts, and general Mac fans alike,” Santo Domingo reports. “As such, the MacBook Pro is our new Editors’ Choice for high-end desktop replacement laptop PCs.”

Santo Domingo reports, “The Retina display itself is glorious… The real magic is when you view photos (and high-res video). You can view images straight from your camera and they will look more like printed images than electronic ones. Look at a geometric form, like a picket fence in front of a yellow wall, and the lines look smooth, not jaggy… When playing back 1080p video full screen, the improved IPS display exhibits rich colors, deep blacks, and a generally pleasant viewing experience. It really is like having a large-screen HDTV you can rest on your lap.”

“The big problem with trying to compare this MacBook Pro to other systems is that there really isn’t anything else like it in either the Mac or Windows worlds. Its Retina display, two Thunderbolt ports, and thinner construction help the MacBook Pro earn its price premium over [all others],” Santo Domingo reports. “Thanks to its new display, flash memory, up-to-date graphics and processor, and ultra-thin construction, the new MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina display outperforms, outclasses, and outlasts… and roars in (like a Lion) to be our new Editors’ Choice for high-end desktop replacement laptops.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. “hasn’t just caught up to the thin and powerful Windows laptops and ultrabooks on the market”??? Huh?! When were ANY of the Windows machines anywhere near as good as Apple’s machines?

    1. EXACTLY

      But the sucker PC users have been fed a fetid line of bullshit about the superiority of Windows laptops over Apple’s. So the Propaganda Puppet Journalists have to stay consistent with the bullshit line when they are finally shamed into pointing out the beyond-superior device by Apple.

      This SHAMEFUL avoidance of reality consistently plagues the Windows PC oriented magazines. Even PC World magazine, by the same publishers as iconic Macworld magazine, is consistently guilty of deliberate disinformation troughed to the Windows box sheeple. Bahh! Bahh! 😯

    1. I broke out in a rash from reading MDN’s peccadilloes. I mean really MDN, a notebook is bound bunch of paper that you write in with a pen. There is no difference between a notebook computer and a laptop computer.

  2. When I was at the Shanghai Apple Store on HuaiHai Road, the Geniuses called the iPod Touch an iTouch. Perhaps, MDN should go and smack them upside the head, or just get over it.

  3. Kick ass review! I can’t wait to see one. I’m still holding on to my ’06 MBP—it still runs great and I have to respect it’s longevity, so I’m having a hard time letting go, maybe these new improvements will inspire me to purchase.

  4. I would like one but it’s really expensive. Once you up the GHz, RAM and memory ($500 extra and they don’t even give you a TB!) to acceptable semi-future proof levels you’re in for over $4K with taxes. Ouch.

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