DigitalTrends’ Konrad Krawczyk notes that for some time Apple’s MacBook Pro has been considered the gold standard by which other laptops are judged, but its steep $1,499 base model price tag that sent many aspiring buyers scurrying to buy a cheaper PC equivalent for as little as $500 for a cheapo Windows machine, or score a better equipped mobile business and gaming rig for their $1,499.
However, Apple’s dropping the base 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina’s price last October to $1,299,along with adding a Haswell Intel processor and HD 5000 graphics processor makes that model DigitalTrends’ pick for Best Computing Product of 2013.
I think it’s a great choice, even though I personally went with a 13-inch MacBook Air for my ownrecent system upgrade, and it is my pick for Best Computing Product Value of 2013 Also, that $200 nominal price cut when compared with the previous generation (late-2012) 13-inch MacBook Pro is a bit obfuscatory since Apple dropped the standard RAM configuration from 8GB to 4GB, so it’s more like a $100 price cut for equivalent spec. machines. And if you need top-drawer laptop graphics performance you’ll need to go with the larger (and pricier) 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina and its discrete graphics processor with dedicated video RAM.
Krawczyk observes that there’s more to the new 13-incher Pro package than a price reduction, with the new 13-inch MacBook Pro 13 with Retina being also (slightly) slimmer and lighter than the previous version, with Apple’s excellent backlit keyboard, a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i5-4258U (Haswell) processor, 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD and battery life competitive with the best Ultrabooks, although well short of the 13-inch MacBook Air’s phenomenal 12-hour battery runtime rating. Of course the Pro’s marquee feature is its 2,560 x 1,600 Retina display.
Overall, I think the late-2013 13-inch MacBook Pro is a worthy recipient of Best Computing Product of 2013 laurels and I’ll second the motion.
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