The review of 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina-display
In total photos in the review are clickable.
Its emergence was predicted and predetermined. Updating of a line of the most productive laptops of Apple began moderately — with at present already senior model with the 15-inch screen. To someone such computer it was strong much. It is a lot of literally a word: not no matter what bag and a portfolio will contain 30 5 cm of chips, plastic and rare metals. Options was a little: or to be reconciled, or submissively to wait.
On October 23, 2012 Apple let out the 1st 13-inch MacBook Pro with the Retina-display — pensively beautiful, powerful and usually expensive laptop aimed on «professionals in us». Time who from us really the specialist — and what professional qualities can повытрепываться new super – a gadget from Kupertino came to understand.
We unpack and start
All laptops of Apple of the last years hide in minimalist cardboard boxes of white color. Box beautiful, but not the most comfortable: dirt clings on time, and мнётся — on every 2nd. I somehow was on a visit at the real fan of the company (not that I) so it sincerely surprised me: on regiments in its bedroom, as if pictures, exactly and alternately stood boxes from "apple" devices. All evening the late assured me that so do many. Excellent, we open all this beauty.
From this foreshortening is very problematic to learn year of release of the laptop of Apple and its model. Conservatism fruits. The box cover, as usual, acts in film very much копотливо, but is soft — a special firm counter. And let whole world подождёт. A wrapper while we will not remove.
In depressions in the ground of black opaque plastic the standard set of wires, adapters and useful waste paper hides. All these cords are very unpleasant for spoiling or losing, for behind "replacement" it is necessary to run about so perfectly. A charging — an ordinary weighty brick from glossy white plastic with a replaceable nozzle tip and MagSafe 2 port. Capacity — the 60th watt. Block, by the way, rather big.
The extension piece is applied to it with the tip, corresponding to country standards in what the laptop is on sale. We had an option either for the USA, or for Great Britain therefore instead of it for a photo we quietly threw the extension piece from euro MacBook Air. Please, pretend that beheld nothing. Pieces of paper from a set did not begin to photograph. Among them — a small spravochka for the resident of the tank, two salutary stickers in the form of apple and a black rag for screen rubbing. Here so all this will look on a table of the average user.
Everything, at present down with small things. We remove plyonochka, we pull out podkladochka.
Design, ports, keyboard
Before you MacBook Pro of 2007. Perfectly, a little told lies — but the person still unfamiliar with a line of laptops of Apple, precisely will not see substitution. Another matter skilled users-makovody, vladelyushchy "proshka". Something in this laptop not so, and this feeling accrues, it is necessary to turn it in hands.
At dough for experimental supporters of equipment of Apple the inquisitive detail becomes clear. If new MBR is taken in hands by the owner of MBP or the previous MBR, he speaks «easy, $&*!». Reaction of the active user of MBA (MacBook Air) is directly return. "Tyazhelovat" — said Arthur who is not leaving the facilitated trinashka. As the user of the plastic laptop of the eyser company, I too saw at once big weight of a novelty. In comparison with other ordinary 13-inch laptops, the difference will be more quick in favor of MBR, but it is necessary to change them for Air, and that instantly draws on itself(himself) a bowl of scales. In other words opposite.
As it is clear, in a new line of MacBook Pro 50 % of all ports that were on ordinary "proshka" were lost somewhere. All this is equally true and for 15-inch model, and for the 13-inch. On the right we look one USB port of a sample 3.0, a hole under a wonderful miracle of HDMI (which is not present on other laptops of the company) and I will corrode for memory cards of a sample of SD/MS. Not densely, but it is slightly better, than on MacBook Air. The DVD drive is not present that is pertinent. In the modern world to miss it it is not necessary.
At the left the picture is more interesting. All begins with the updated MagSafe 2 port, demanding a very narrow T-shaped konnektor of a charging. Ringing click at its connection is time for patenting long ago. Further harmonously there are two ports Thunderbolt. Yes, as on the big 15-inch brother. Desire of Apple actively to advance a slipping ideal absolutely clearly. It is a pity, but while the consumer living in realities of our country, from these 2 holes will not receive anything useful, without considering unless an exit for the external monitor and a projector. Smoothly we move by the second USB 3.0 port combined миниджека for earphones and we stop on 2 small holes. These are stereomicrophones which were required to be cleaned from the forward party because of shortage of a place.
From below all as usual — that is continuous anything. The battery, RAM and other interiors at all are not subject to fast replacement for all this "is tightly smeared" on the motherboard or is scattered on the case in a dissymetric manner. To take such laptop from Vasya Pupkin’s hands without a registration — an invention risky: in case of breakage there is a good chance to get on decent means if the dealer at first does not offer guarantee service. We open a cover.
Oh this black, black screen. In new generation of MacBook Pro, Apple very much changed monitor structure. It not only became a little thinner, well and at present absorbs reflections much better. And it not mere words: the novelty on this quality outdoes MacBook Air which, unlike MBP, has some no protective glass from above. Under a black rim the small FaceTime HD chamber disappears. Where the aluminum frame of a cover comes to an end and screen glass begins, there passes a black strip from rubber.
Everything that is below screen loops, did not undergo any trivial configurations in comparison both with usual MBP, and with new MBA. The difference unless in the moved Power button — at present, as well as on all "air" laptops, it is in the main unit of the keyboard, instead of out of it. The keyboard on tactile feelings absolutely repeats that in MacBook Air. I will not be surprised, if they are identical up to distributing of contacts. If you are unfamiliar with Apple computers, I explain: many fall in love with them because of one klaviaturka for to print on it — the continuous not refined pleasure. The same is actual and for the touch panel which, unlike PC laptops, simply replaces a mouse. Illumination with easy blue color.
OS and screen. Retina-screen.
The 1st turning on of the laptop took less than 7 seconds — hardly managed to photograph — and before us the welcoming OS X Mountain Lion screen was vigorously stretched. Naturally, all new 13-inch MacBook Pro are on sale together with OS X 10.8.1. On the computer the iLife package ’11, the including iMovie video editor, the sound Garage Band editor and a package for cataloguing and processing of a photo of iPhoto is preset. These three programs "cling" to your account of Apple ID at their first updating through Mac App Store and since then are registered on the officially found. In total system offered three updatings one of which was system.
Dithyrambs to the monitor in MacBook Pro with Retina sing from the middle of summer, and, to spite of all spitpoisons, this excellent glory was deserved by honest work. The actual display resolution in 13-inch model — 2560 on 1600 pixels that only on a little less than 2880 on 1800 pixels of 15-inch model. Business at all in clearness of the picture which is absolutely observed in mobile option of new "proshka". Matter in a color rendition which specialists from all over the world consider reference. Accuracy of playing of all range of flowers, huge corners of the review without inverting of color and massive permission — before us, no doubt, the ideal laptop for the amateur photographer and the specialist. Not for nothing say that to owners of ordinary laptops harmfully to look in this screen. Harmfully to their purse.
There are things with which it is possible to argue, only never they were tested. If you felt discomfort from reading lines above, you really need to behold this screen alive, and only later to run in comments with reasonings on adequacy of edition. And it is simple to behold insufficiently — it is necessary to put the laptop nearby. Will burn down from shame.
For advanced "poppies" in OS X there is the control regulating extent of scaling of all parts of the interface. It works very interestingly: the system increases only graphics of windows and OS, at any deal keeping actual 2560 on 1600 pixels. The user arranges screen scale under itself, without endowing quality of the picture. Unlike 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, here to us offer not 5, but four functions of scaling.
THE REDUCED SCALE
The reduced diagonal and permission yield at once positive fruits. the 13-inch screen any more does not ask preservation of a big distance. At present to work in OS X it is possible and with the minimum scale of the screen, at all this without feeling need to peer for a detail. The workplace grows twice in comparison with "recommended" control. And any discomfort. I suspect that the situation in times will be more sad in the environment of Windows, but if you seriously buy Poppy for the Windows installation, to though what sort to compromises to you not to get used any more. Many users of 15-inch model expostulated on "afterglow". I could not reproduce it on this laptop.
As a result I put small of all available scales of the screen and did not change it prior to the beginning of a photoshoot. With the 15-inch version such focus at me did not pass, for sight did not support an invention. 13-inch MacBook Pro the most pleasant retinisty screen from all than can have Ruthin and if you have no giantism (that in the light of popularity of smartphones – "shovels" more) — is sense to take directly "trinashka". Only in advance weigh the requirements, because iron at them cardinally various.
Productivity, thermal emission, autonomy
The 1st throws of technical lines of 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina caused Yaroslavna’s real crying at forums of global thematic blogs. Far it was not necessary to go: our many readers almost mother swore that the Apple any more that, and at Jobs such would not be. The reason lay on a surface: the powerful mobile NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M video chip was gone in anywhere, having left instead of itself only vmazanny in the Intel HD 4000 processor. For the person who deeply spat on all these small letters, I will explain: possibilities on processing of 3D-graphics were very cut very down, and society had an adequate question. How the baby without the allocated graphics will support such technically difficult screen?
It is possible to give a certain answer to this question, only if in advance to find the sphere of use of the laptop. Naturally, after fast function of system under myself, I ran in the Safari web browser and opened fifteen tabs of the most known and favourite sites of the world every 3rd of which is considered "heavy" (The Verge on memory, for example, eats on my Windows an astronomical quantity of RAM). Scrolling remained smooth, well and the system worked without a pressure. All this certainly laid down cargo on the processor, whose capacity calls nobody into question.
Then I decided to complicate a task. The background open Garage Band, by iMovie and iTunes on shop page. For pushchy fun the screen scale to a minimum was reduced, the 2nd browser, Google Chrome is loaded, and the roller from YouTube in 1080p is started. Scrolling in Safari after the last act became poorly, but evenly подлагивать. Closing of video facilitated loading, but absolutely visual "brakes" resolved only after iTunes shutdown. I with pleasure would test also Photoshop, but Adobe did not want to present in the tenth time to me the 30-day version. Let’s at present try games. Steam time for Mac.
As the test of game possibilities the toy of Portal 2 which left almost two years ago was chosen. It is necessary to tell that it is optimized perfectly, well and itself still looks decently. Naturally, it to you not Battlefield 3. Functions were exposed manually — the greatest quality of the picture, twofold smoothing and the most adequate permission — 1680 on 1050 pixels. Results did not impress. 20-25 frames per second — it already not comme il faut. Then I left permission as is, but cleaned smoothing and reduced graphic functions on "averages". The result was certainly more pleasant — shots fell to 30 only to the most saturated moments. Only do not forget: we speak about game of the beginning of 2011.
As a result a verdict on graphic that productivity. If the laptop for work with two-dimensional graphics, large volumes text and numerical инфы and other socially useful red tape is necessary to you and at all this you are not going to play modern games and to torment to a meeting 10-ki the appendices, new "proshka" — is your laptop. Here the claim should unless make up out of whole cloth. But about any graphically saturated games it is not necessary to think, unless functions should be unscrewed on a minimum. Whatever one may do, for such tasks to the laptop does not get the allocated video chip which would be capable to bridle a bolshushchy display resolution.
At present it is possible to talk and about other "iron" details. SSD chips of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina left constant reminiscence, having wound on counters actually on 500 Mb a second both on reading, and on record. "Trinashka" in such parameters not повытрепывалась: on record 312 Mb/seconds, and on reading — from 430 to 440 Mb/seconds were fixed. Most likely, business was in store volume: as it is clear, all 15-inch models are equipped with SSD with the general memory from 256 GB, and here at us costs exactly twice less. From here and slightly lowered speed of reading and record. Here only the real difference between it ceases to be felt somewhere after a threshold in 250 Mb/seconds in any party. So to mourn here at all about what — boys stupidly not усвоют.
The laptop is switched off and gets the idea very quickly, and programs though what sort open in the same second as you click on them. Merit of SSD and fast RAM, which here 8 Gb. I remind: possibilities of its replacement are not provided, but such volume all the same will suffice for comfortable work in overwhelming majority of scenarios. Heating at all this, as well as in 15-inch "proshka", is distributed on the case not so evenly: the most high temperature — around the F2 and F10-F11 buttons, also is slightly lower. The keyboard block does not heat up, well and as a whole heating is certainly weaker, than at the big colleague. It is a positive side of lack of the separate video chip. Coolers at big loading practically it is not audible. Air nervously smokes.
Left loudspeaker …
… and right loudspeaker. In total inside.
Because of the malekhanky sizes of the case, two stereoloudspeakers were hidden in the laptop case. At present they stand in the same place, as well as in usual Pro: under the keyboard around the A/F buttons and «" / Э». The sound from it became better not. On the highest loudness and any heavy musical material it is audible quiet, but distinct jingle and хлюпы. Another thing is that loudspeakers wildly loud to laptop measures and to sit before it, having unscrewed the slider on a maximum, you is ordinary not can. Basses do not look for — the subwoofer here is not present.
Eventually, battery. The Apple promises us already standard seven hours of independent work when surfing Internet on Wi-Fi. It is necessary to tell that the promise it is given honest — unlike the 15-inch version, which has be blown off property in three-four hours if not to look after open programs. At usual rate of work without pauses more than 3 minutes — that video in a flash, simply the Internet, any trifle in the editor, still something — new MacBook Pro with Retina bore 6 hours and carefully asked to "eat". It is the good result certainly provided with lack of the video chip.
Photo: MacBook Retina 13 vs MacBook Pro 13
The review of the new laptop of Apple would be incomplete without photocomparison with other models. In advance I am sorry for the filled-up horizons — scratches and dents on Arthur’s "proshka" left constant reminiscence on unprepared young reason (actually is not present, simply curve hands and lack of a photoshop). Notice obvious difference not only in thickness, well and in length and width: new MacBook Pro with Retina is shorter", than the usual version of this laptop.
Without considering sharply impoverished ports, in a novelty also there is no white sensor of "dream" and the button of check of a charge of the battery. Pay attention and to reflections: they are visible more poorly on the Retina-screen, and upon a difference is visible more strongly, than on a photo.
Photo: MacBook Retina 13 vs MacBook Air 13
For someone new "proshka" stands in a row with Air 13. But upon any competition of boundaries them is not present and cannot be. Even in comparison with a new Retina-beech, "air" absolutely and completely justifies the nickname and reputation: it is thinner since the 1st end, also it is much easier, though a difference in figures not such and important.
However, 13-inch Air is all the same longer and wider, than 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro. Monitors in the competition do not consist that in switched off that in the included condition. The Retina-screen бликует is less, than a super-thin matrix of Air without external protection.
And the general photo of all participants — for memory.
For professionals in you. Conclusion
The line of laptops of Apple expanded again on three separate rows, but between them the friendship all the same wins. Real «the leader in everything» does not exist. If you pass by, searching for very mobile laptop for generally text tasks and work on the Internet — pass by to a board with MacBook Air and anything for yourself will not lose. Fans of 3D-games and the more so here also have nothing to do to certain players. It is the laptop not for such category of users.
Absolutely another story begins, if you at least a little are interested and especially receive on life of a photo or design, in particular the printing. Because in that case, new MacBook Pro — is the capable, productive and reliable satellite which is capable to become the main working car, at all this without having brought far from the socket. There is only one question: whether you are ready to invest in Retina at present?