Apple ME864B/A 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Intel Dual Core i5 2.4GHz, 4GB RAM, 128GB HDD, Iris Graphics, Mac OS X)
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Quick word of warning: I'm a recent (July 2012) convert from Windows to a MacBook Pro, and was lucky enough to recently upgrade to a stunning 13 inch Retina. While I love Apple products, I'm not a Mac expert, and this review is for similar non-experts who are thinking about "converting". Because it's a review of the MBP range, you'll find the same review on other specs - skip to the end to see the specifics on this model.
Firstly, the hardware - which is just stunning. It's incredibly thin and light, and the 13 inch model is a really good compromise between screen size and weight compared to the 15 inch. (Also I intend to attach an external monitor for much of the time).
Common with all Apple MacBooks it's beautifully carved out of a solid piece of brushed aluminium, with a huge track-pad and a beautifully made back-lit keyboard.
In terms of connectivity you get:-
* Mag Safe power plug.
* 2 x Thunderbolt ports - to attach to fast external disks etc
* 2 x USB 3 ports (one either side - nice touch)
* Headphones output for external speakers
* An SDXC photo card slot
* A full size HDMI port - so you connect an external monitor
Apple hardware is more expensive than the equivalent running Windows, but you do get what you pay for, and they come with incredible attention to detail. This includes the cleverly designed "Mag Safe" magnetic power socket - so if a small child accidentally pulls on the power cable it disconnects from the laptop rather than dragging it crashing to the floor.Read more ›
The mac also comes with Numbers (Excel), Pages (Word) and Keynote(PowerPoint) which means I haven't had to splash out on the MS Office software since these pre installed programmes are very similar to MS Office and the documents are compatible with it.
Overall this is a really great notebook and if you're looking for something different this a really good choice.
I took the plunge and bought a ME864B/A Macbook Pro with Retina display and must say i i am converted.
Firstly it is a UK model with a £ sign on the keyboard. The build quality is way better than any laptop i have seen for similar money and although it doesn't have a CD drive, to be honest in this day and age you don't really need one. Everything is available online.
To set it up, you need to create an Apple ID and the whole initial setup took around 10mins. Immediately it prompts you for updates, this needs you to set up an iTunes account, but updates are free.
The software included is amazing. You have Pages (word), Numbers (excel), FaceTime, iPhoto, GarageBand, Maps, Notes and a load more all included. So all of a sudden the price isn't so bad.
If you have never used a mac before, like i haven't the change is not as daunting and hard as it may be. Everything you can do with Windows you can do with IOS, the difference being, you don't need to be an IT geek to set it all up with new drivers etc, it just works.
An amazing piece of kit for what at first appeared to be a large price, but when you add all you get into it. It is extremely reasonable.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this computer, it's incredibly fast, has an adequate amount of storage and it has beautiful retina display. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luca
bought for my daughter at university, this is the second one i have bought well pleased with both itemsPublished 12 months ago by cassnero
The Laptop is amazing far exceeding expectations, the screen is amazing too. I would also recommend the seller GiftBoxx as their correspondence and assistance on a very minor issue... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Justin Michael Thomas
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Didn't bother me too much due to the discount, but the model bought is actually the Hong Kong variant (model number does not... Read more
I am extremely happy with the product I have received. It was not cheap but definitely worth the money spent. I would buy it again.Published 19 months ago by Pawel Szych