Retina MacBook Pro vs. PC Laptops: who wins?

Will the new Retina MacBook Pro rain on the PC laptop parade or inspire another flood of PC notebook clones?

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Hardware, Apple, Intel

Sure, Apple will sell a bunch of Retina MBPs, but for the most part this laptop is meant for people to salivate over in the Apple Store, not to buy en masse. In that respect, the new MacBook Pro is like the original MacBookAir from early 2008. The Air was priced too high for most people at $1700 and the laptop's poor specs didn't help matters either. But people were intrigued with the idea of traveling with a laptop that was so thin it could hide inside a manila envelope. Over time Apple bumped up the specs, improved the device, and then watched the Air’s popularity explode in 2011 after introducing moremoderatelypriced 11- and 13-inchmodels.

You can bet Apple wants to relive the Air’s trajectory with the new MacBook Pro, except this time better priced Apple laptops could appear in less than the three years it took for the Air. That’s because the specs on the new MacBook Pro are already good, so it’s mostly a matter of reducing production and supply costs.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Drool-worthy Specs

Beyond the quad-core i7 processor and the killer display, the base model of Apple’s new laptop features 8GB RAM (up to 16GB maximum), NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory, 720p Webcam, 2 x USB 3.0, Thunderbolt, SDXC card slot, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and up to 7 hours battery life. I’d like to see better battery life and more storage, and the device’s 4.46-pound weight is still too close to 5 pounds for my liking, but that’s about it.


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