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MacBook Pro w/ Retina Display - First Impressions

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Published on Jun 21, 2012

My first impressions after 24 hours of using the new 15 Inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display.

Design wise it's slimmer and lighter than the previous generation MacBook Pro. You can appreciate how slim it is when it comes to typing and resting on it. The keyboard has a nice feel to it when typing and the trackpad feels more responsive. The magsafe connector is a bit of a step back in time design wise and I preferred the previous right angled connector.

The screen is the big sell with this MacBook Pro and the Retina Display looks amazing. Everything has more details and icons and text are crisp and clear. Surfing the web is fine as most of what I've looked at so far has been text, images are slightly blurry/pixelated but not to the extreme that I was expecting. iWork is quite bad and will need an update soon.

In terms of speed this machine is quick! It boots up in around ten seconds and shuts down almost instantly, apps open instantly and surfing the web seems to be quicker with pages rendering a lot faster.

The built in speakers are an improvement and give more of a surround than the previous generation MacBook Pro. I haven't encountered any fan noise as yet, but I've not had to do any processor intensive tasks.

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