June 17, 2012, 7:03 AM — The reviews are in for Apple's MacBook Pro with Retina Display, and you can probably guess what they say.
Critics are thrilled by the ultra-thin, fairly light, power-packed Apple laptop, with its 2880-by-1880 resolution “Retina” display. What's not to like about a MacBook whose individual pixels can't be told apart by the human eye?
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There's that nagging issue of price -- the new MacBook starts at $2,199 and scales up to $3,749 -- but that's easy to overlook when the laptop is on loan from Apple. Besides, Apple has a way of getting people to fork over an arm and a leg for its latest gear.
Want to bask in the critics' raves? Here's a roundup of MacBook Pro with Retina Display reviews:
ABC's Joanna Stern starts off with astonishment over the display:
“After 20 minutes of using Apple's new MacBook Pro with Retina Display, I switched back to my own six-month-old MacBook Pro to send an e-mail. But when I looked at its screen, I thought my contact lenses had actually fallen out. For a second I was worried; everything on the screen looked less crisp and less bright. It's not an old machine, but it was really as if an optometrist had switched my prescription, or I'd been forced to use my old glasses. Everything just seemed blurry by comparison.”
This new display has other benefits beyond a clearer picture, as Engadget points out:
“Viewing angles are expanded compared to Apple's other high-end displays, so the annoying drop in contrast that happens from odd vantage points is all but abolished. Contrast, too, is boosted and, interestingly, glare reduced. Yes, this is still a glossy display and no, there still isn't an option for matte glass. But, Apple promises a reduction in glare here from previous Pros.”
There's just one downside to that gorgeous display: Non-retina apps will look terrible until app developers accommodate the technology, as SlashGear notes: