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New MacBook Pro with Retina Laptops Compared – Which One is Best For You?

by Todd Haselton | July 29, 2014July 29, 2014 12:30 pm PST

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Apple on Tuesday announced a refresh to its MacBook Pro with Retina display family. Each of the laptops has increased spec bumps, with faster processors and twice the RAM that was offered as the same price points as before. Additionally, Apple dropped the price of its most expensive 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display by $100, which makes it slightly more enticing.

You might be wondering which one is best for you, though, so we decided to create some tables to show you all of the specs side-by-side, so you can see exactly what you’re getting and what the differences between each price point are. Mainly, you’ll see bumps in hard drive space, particularly on the lower end. Either way, these are all nice enough bumps, and the added RAM will probably make OS X Yosemite fly even quicker when it launches later this fall.

Without further ado, here’s a look at the new laptops unveiled today:

Apple - 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2014) Apple - 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (2014)
Display Size 13.3-inch, 2560 x 1600 pixel display (227 ppi) 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 pixel display (221 ppi)
Resolution X 2560 2880
Resolution Y 1600 1800
Display Type Retina display: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors Retina display: 15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880-by-1800 resolution at 220 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors
Resolution Specs
  • Native resolution: 2560 by 1600 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1680 by 1050, 1440 by 900, and 1024 by 640 pixels
  • Native resolution: 2880 by 1800 pixels (Retina)
  • Scaled resolutions: 1920 by 1200, 1680 by 1050, 1280 by 800, and 1024 by 640 pixels
Operating System Mac OS X Mavericks (At Launch) Mac OS X Mavericks (At Launch)
Processor
  • 2.6GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.8GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache or 3.0GHz dual-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.5GHz) with 4MB shared L3 cache.
  • 2.2GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor (Turbo Boost up to 3.4GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache
  • Configurable to 2.5GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 3.7GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache or 2.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 (Turbo Boost up to 4.0GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache.
RAM
  • 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • Configurable to 16GB
  • 16GB of 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
Storage
  • 128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage top model, Configurable to 1TB flash storage
  • 256GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • 512GB PCIe-based flash storage top model, configurable to 512GB or 1TB flash storage.
Camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera
Audio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
  • Stereo speakers
  • Dual microphones
  • Headphone port
Input Output
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI Port
  • SDXC card slot
  • MagSafe 2 power port
  • Two Thunderbolt 2 ports (up to 20 Gbps)
  • Two USB 3 ports (up to 5 Gbps)
  • HDMI port
  • SDXC card slot
Networks
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
  • 802.11ac Wi‑Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n compatible
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0 Bluetooth 4.0
Battery
  • Up to 9 hours wireless web
  • Built-in 71.8-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 60W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port
  • Up to 8 hours wireless web
  • Built-in 95-watt-hour lithium-polymer battery
  • 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter with cable management system; MagSafe 2 power port
Height 0.71 inches (18.0 mm) 0.71 inches (18.0 mm)
Width 12.35 inches (31.37 cm) 14.13 inches (35.89 cm)
Depth 8.62 inches (21.89 cm) 9.73 inches (24.71 cm)
Weight 3.46 lbs (1.57 kg) 4.46 lbs (2.02 kg)
Colors N/A N/A

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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