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MacBook Pro with Retina Display: very tempting

So what’s a geek to do after that epic 2012 WWDC Apple Keynote? Where do you go first? Peruse the iOS6 features page, listing the announced updates that will grace our reality later this year? Check out the Mountain Lion page, displaying all the innovations to OSX, dropping in a month’s time for just US$19.99? Me? I headed straight to the MacBook Pro site, to ogle the newest addition to the MacBook Pro family – the MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

So strange how we measure quality and beauty in electronic devices. Thin, light, powerful and beautiful. Macheads are often accused of falling for eye candy. With good reason. What a frigging good-looking machine! This laptop has the mother of all displays. Listing of the dry sounding stats doesn’t do it justice – 15.4 inch, 2880 x 1880 pixels, 220 ppi, 5,814,000 pixels, 2.3 or 2.6 GHz quad-core Intel, up to 768Gb flash storage, up to 16GB RAM. All that and it’s thin and light. 0.71 inch 4.46 lbs. I can’t wait to see it in person.

Luckily for me, I’m in the market for a new laptop as my current one is a 2007 black MacBook Santa Rosa model that has loyally fulfilled its duty for many many years. But since it will not be compatible with Mountain Lion, it is destined to be bequeathed to a worthy family member soon. Hence my more than passing interest in a new machine.  Apple makes it easy to compare models to see if the Retina Display MacBook Pro really is my perfect fit.

Apart from the obvious barrier of cost (the cheapest setup would set me back EUR 2,279), I’m not sure I’m ready to ditch the ports of yesteryear (ethernet, FireWire) for the ports of the future (thunderbolt). In the end, I’d say I’ve believed in Apple long enough to trust that it’s ok to take the leap. After all, the transition is made easier by the use of adapters e.g. for ethernet.

Attempting to address the question of whether to buy it or not, rationally and soberly, does not prove very successful.

My one regret is that designwise there was no design refresh. No complete overhaul or update of the aesthetic. I have been waiting for the next generation post-silver-unibody-and-black keys for close to forever. I would kill for an all-black version or even an all-silver one. Pretty please?

Unluckily for me, my defenses weaken too easily. My heart has pretty much set its sights on this beauty despite the aforementioned barriers. And our modern life makes it quite simple to buy now pay later. Sigh!

My inner monologue has lost the battle of will and reason. It’s gone from “you don’t need it” or “you don’t have the money” to “but think of that beautiful display” an “it’s an investment” to “you deserve it!”.

The latter is my favourite argument btw. I hope my husband will agree!



What do you think of the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display – already ordered one?

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  • Mark Lafargue

    My current laptop crashed in January. I’ve been waiting six months for the new MacBooks. I purchased the Retina Display 2.6 yesterday afternoon!!!

  • Sadly, now I am utterly confused. As excited as I was for the new MacBook lineup, I was really disappointed with no aesthetic changes. I sold my Late 2011 MBP 13 and was waiting eagerly for the WWDC to finish. Later yesterday I find out that the new Retina MBP cannot be upgraded. So, back to the drawing board. Either shill out an extra few hundred for 16GB RAM or suffer obsolescence.