June 17, 2012

7 things you should know before you get the New MacBook Pro.

So I was in the Apple store today to run diagnostics on my MacBook Pro and of course to check out the latest. The new 15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is now available. I took liberties to compare my now (on it's way to obsolete) MacBook Pro with it's newer counterpart.
  • Weight: The new MacBook Pro weighs 25% less (4.46 pounds compared to mine that's 5.6 pounds). I really felt the difference, much lighter. 
  • Dimensions: The new Pro is thinner (0.71 inches compared to the former 0.95 inches, the weight and dimensions of the new Pro is edging closer to MacBook Air, with the exception of more dimensions in inches, the New Macbook Pro could easily be mistaken for it's smaller counterpart. 
  • Style: maintains it's unibody sleek design. 
  • Display: Now that's a biggie, Retina; pictures on the screen are sharper and appear more tangible. Retina display packs a whooping 2880-by-1800 pixels. 
  • Ports: DVD slot is being replaced with the new HDMI. Now for a lot of us, we wondered why that wasn't standard in the first place, if I had to stream video to my HDTV, I had to get a mini display port to HDMI adapter with audio support and then a HDMI cable to be able to make the connection, or get Apple TV. Now there's one less step in the process with the new Pro. For those of you who still rely heavily on software discs and DVDs, there's an optional Apple USB Super Drive. There are now two Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3 ports (supports USB 2). The ethernet port is now eliminated, but you can get Apple's optional Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter for wired internet connection. 
  • Memory: Another biggie. The MacBook Pro with Retina display comes standard with 8GB of 1600MHz on board memory upgradable to 16GB, more juice power. Mine's only 4GB, gets used up pretty fast when in Photoshop. 
  • Storage: Yet another biggie. Flash storage comes standard with the new Pro with Reina display, configurable up to 768GB of space that's performs better and is much faster than regular hard drives. 
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They have really improved on this computer, meeting the ever changing demands of today's computer user. Now the computer does come with a hefty price tag. You may not need a computer that has all these capacities, so if you are on the market for a new Pro, you may need to evaluate needs against wants, because it will cost you a pretty penny, but in my opinion, it's worth every penny (now if I had just waited two more months...LOL).

Check-in to your neighborhood Apple store, or better yet, check-in right here.
The New MacBook Pro comparisons: the old and the new.  The New Macbook Pro with Retina Display  is much thinner, has much sharper screen (2nd and 3rd pictures above), DVD slot eliminated and replaced with HDMI port, Ethernet port replaced by another Thunderbolt port, there are two USB 3 ports, one on each side.  

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