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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Early 2013 (ME662, ME663, ME697)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 94 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Early 2013 (ME662, ME663, ME697). The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and portability are generally positive. The price and performance are also appreciated, but some have doubts about the energy efficiency.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Early 2013 (ME662, ME663, ME697) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Early 2013 (ME662, ME663, ME697)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 24 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch, Early 2013 (ME662, ME663, ME697) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Reviews about the design and usability are overall positive. The screen and performance are also mentioned favorably, whereas some have doubts about the reliability and energy efficiency.

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100% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple ME662B/A 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Launched Feb 2013) (Dual-Core i5 2.6GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash, HD Graphics 4000, MACApple ME662B/A 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Launched Feb 2013) (Dual-Core i5 2.6GHz Processor, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash, HD Graphics 4000, MAC

Aug, 2018

Expert review by (engadget.com)

MacBook Pro with Retina display review (13-inch, 2013)

 

Thanks to a lower price, longer battery life and lighter design, the 13-inch Retina MBP is a better deal than it was a year ago. It's so compelling, in fact, that you might even choose it over the Air.

New, lower price ; Gorgeous display ; Thinner and lighter than before ; Long battery life ; Good graphics, improved SSD speeds

No discrete GPU option on the 13-inch model ; Fans can get loud

On paper, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display looks like a marginal upgrade: a CPU refresh with some slight changes to the weight and dimensions. But thanks to a lower starting price, faster SSD speeds and a big leap in battery life, it's...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : David Pierce (theverge.com)

13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display review (2013)

 

Standing in a Best Buy is an odd time for an existential crisis. Yet it's an almost certain occurrence, at least when you're there shopping for a laptop. More so than with any other product...

Gorgeous screen ; Excellent battery life ; Thinner and lighter than ever

Relatively small usable screen real estate ; Poor speakers ; Definite graphics restraints

Not quite a perfect mix, but an excellent middle ground

Oct, 2013

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display 2013, 13-inch screen

 

This year it's back in a more powerful, less expensive package that makes a lot more sense: it's now a Retina laptop that people can actually afford.

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display has phenomenal battery life, better-than-average integrated graphics, faster Thunderbolt 2 ports, and a lower price than last year.

Still expensive if you plan to add more storage or RAM; no extra Nvidia graphics option as on the 15-inch version; yes, it’s thicker and heavier than an Air.

There are other high-res laptops out there, but this year’s more powerful and affordable 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro is one of the best of the bunch, and makes a compelling case for upgrading from the 13-inch Air.

Oct, 2013

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch Retina Display (2013)

 

Thanks to a faster CPU, longer battery life and superb screen, the 2013 Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display is one of the best ultraportables on the market.

Excellent battery life; Bright crisp display; Good keyboard and touchpad; Faster performance and graphics; Free iLife and iWork

SD Card sticks out

Apple's dominance is almost getting boring. The refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display once again keeps it one step ahead of other ultraportable notebooks. Not only does this machine offer one of the best displays and better...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by (laptopmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display (2013)

 

The choice between a MacBook Pro and MacBook Air just got tougher. Apple has added an Intel 4th-generation processor with Iris Graphics to the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,499 as configured), adding significant punch while increasing the...

Oct, 2013

Expert review by : Klaus Hinum (notebookcheck.net)

Review Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13 Late 2013 Notebook

 

Thank you Haswell. Intel's latest processor generation is finally available in Apple's Retina MacBooks and results in significantly improved battery runtimes. Our in-depth review determines the performance of the new components. ...

Very quiet; Long battery runtimes; Excellent unibody chassis; High-resolution IPS display with excellent OS support; Great input devices

Virtually no upgradeability; Difficult to maintain and to repair because of pentalobe screws; Glossy display; Only 12 months warranty and expensive upgrade to three years

Obviously the MacBook Air 13". Amongst Windows devices high-resolution ultrabooks like the Asus Zenbook Infinity UX301LA (Review), Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro, Samsung Ativ Book 9 or the Toshiba Kirabook 13.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Darren Murph (bgr.com)

Apple 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro review (late 2013)

 

It happened: the MacBook Air has officially been trumped as my recommended road warrior machine. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it's another Apple product that's doing the trumping. Released last month alongside the iPad Air and revised iPad mini with...

Unless you’re planning on cutting video on a daily basis (or similar), the $1,299 base configuration will suit you just fine. I store way too many home videos and photos to make do with a 128GB SSD, but considering just how affordable Google Drive...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Neil Hughes (appleinsider.com)

Review: Apple's late-2013 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display

 

Apple's new late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display has a slightly thinner profile and reduced heft from last year's model, along with a smaller price tag. But it's what's on the inside that really makes this notebook a stunner.

Thinner and lighter (but only slightly) ; Cheaper pricing than last year ; RAM now upgradeable to 16 gigabytes ; Readers looking to purchase up a new MacBook Pro Retina at the absolute lowest prices can turn to our ; , which track the prices of Macs at...

4 gigabytes of RAM in the entry level model may be too little for some ; Still no discrete graphics option, though Iris will be enough for many ; Readers looking to purchase up a new MacBook Pro Retina at the absolute lowest prices can turn to our ; ,...

Apple's late 2013 13-inch MacBook Pro sports a number of improvements over last year's first-ever 13-inch Retina display model. The inclusion of Haswell alone, with its boost to battery life, makes this a worthy successor.

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (late 2013) review

 

The MacBook Pro is Apple's top-of-the-line laptop computer and one that comes with plenty of power. It's available in two versions: the 13-inch and 15-inch, both of which can offer Retina display - as in this model on review - and a powerful spec sheet...

Powerful, great screen, good design, brilliant battery life

Have been issues with a number of elements (now fixed), not as powerful as some would like, glossy screen, no discrete graphics, this or the Air?

The question here isn't whether the MacBook Pro is better than the 2012 model or whether it stacks up against the 15-inch version - which has also recently upgraded to include the intel Haswell processor - but whether it makes more sense than a MacBook...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (techadvisor.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display 13-inch (Late 2013) review

 

When portability is more important than ultimate performance, the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is the tool for the job. At less than 1.6 kg we're in true ultraportable territory, except unlike the majority of Windows Ultrabooks, build...

There’s something subjectively ‘right’ about the shape and size of the 13-inch MacBook Pro Retina. It’s not as quick as the 15-inch but for many people in most scenarios, in really doesn’t need to be – yet it still challenges the speed of last year’s...

Dec, 2013
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