Apple MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display)

First, let’s go over the specs of the MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) quickly. This comes with a 2.3 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Ivy Bridge), which is the latest from Intel. It comes with 8GB of system memory, which is standard, 256GB solid state drive (SSD) and Intel 4000HD Integrated Graphics with an NVIDIA GT 650M backing it for dedicated graphics.

The MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) comes with a redesigned MagSafe 2.0 port on the left side, and this is joined by 2 Thunderbolt ports, a USB 3.0 port, and a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack. Now, on the right side, it comes with another USB 3.0 port, an HDMI port and an SD card slot. By the way, both of the USB 3.0 ports of the MacBook Pro 2012 are also 2.0 hybrid ports.

The MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) still comes with a large multi-touch glass track pad and that awesome backlit keyboard that we’re used to seeing in these MacBook Pros. The big deal however for this model is the 15.4-inch 2880 x 1800 resolution IPS panel and it is nothing short of incredible. This screen has great color saturation and it has really deep blacks and it has much better color contrasts than on the previous models. You have to see the screen in person because pictures or videos will not do it justice. The only downside that I see with the display of the MacBook Pro 2012 is its decreased brightness. It still has that glossy black screen and this could be a tad brighter but this has something to do with the power consumption of this panel.


The MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) has an updated design and it is very thin at 0.71 inches compared to the previous 0.95 inch of the older MacBook Pro models. Both the Kensington lock and IR sensor are now gone but there are new vent openings on both sides of the chassis and there are also vent openings on the top by the screen hatch for better heat dissipation. Though the whole backside comes off, the memory of the MacBook Pro 2012 is non user-replaceable because it is soldered on to the motherboard.

The Super Drive is also now gone so there is no optical drive on the MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) but you can always get an external one if you absolutely need one. The MacBook Pro 2012 when released came with Mac OS X 10.7 and is more iPad-like.

Let us take a look at just how fast the solid state drive is. The write speed is over 408 MBps, which is pretty fast and we have a read speed of almost 450 MBps, which is very quick so the SSD is definitely worth it.

Looking at photos on the display of the MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) is just fantastic and a professional photographer will definitely fall in love with its display. Even if you zoom on images, they still come out very detailed and very crisp and you can really see the benefits of its Retina Display. For all the gamers out there, the MacBook Pro 2012 is pretty capable and can handle graphics-intensive titles with ease.

With the exception of the redesign and the new Retina Display, the MacBook Pro 2012 still gives out the same Mac OS X experience, great email, great web browsing, and although the scrolling is not perfectly smooth but is not a deal breaker at all. Is this machine perfect? No, it’s not. But if you want that ridiculously high definition screen that will set precedence for the next generation of computing, the MacBook Pro 2012 is your best bet.

Apple MacBook Pro 2012 (with Retina Display) Price in the Philippines: Php 107,990.00 (Starting Price)

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