Did You Know?Retina display refers to a display wherein the individual pixels cannot be discerned by the naked eye. This value differs from product to product, with smaller displays (iPhone) having higher values (326 ppi) and larger displays (MacBooks) having lower values (220 ppi). This is due to the viewing distance, that differs in these products.
And if you're more inclined to look beyond the looks, as you well should be―you will, after all, be spending upwards of a stack on these―you have nothing to fear. The specs of the current models will satisfy even the most hardcore users. Once you have decided to pick up a Mac, you have to choose one from their extensive family. Apple has models galore, and you can choose one depending your use.
In today's article, we are going to consider the MacBook Pro vs. MacBook Pro with Retina display. Though it may seem that only the display has changed between the two models, this is far from true. There are many differences in the two models, and in the sections below, we highlight these differences, and guide you to choosing the better of the two.
|13-inch MacBook Pro||13-inch Macbook Pro
With Retina Display
|13.3-inch LED-Backlit Display||13.3-inch LED-Backlit Retina display|
|1280 by 800 pixels||2560 by 1600 pixels|
|2.5 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5||2.4 GHz or 2.5 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i5|
|2.9 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7||2.8 GHz Dual-core Intel Core i7|
|4 GB or 8 GB 1600 MHz||Up to 16 GB 1600 MHz|
|Up to 1 TB 5,400 rpm HDD or Up to 512 GB SSD||Up to 1 TB Flash Storage (SSD)|
|Intel HD Graphics 4000||Intel Iris Graphics|
|MagSafe Power Port||MagSafe 2 Power Port|
|2× USB 3 Ports||2× USB 3.0 Ports|
|1× FireWire 800 Port||--|
|1× Thunderbolt Port||2× Thunderbolt Port|
|--||1× HDMI Port|
|Superdrive||No Optical Drive|
|Integrated 63.5-watt-hour Lithium-Polymer||Integrated 71.8-watt-hour Lithium-Polymer|
|Up to 7 Hours Wireless Web||Up to 9 Hours Wireless Web|
|60 W MagSafe Power Adapter||60 W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter|
|.95 inches thick
|.71 inches thick
|802.11n Wi-Fi||802.11ac Wi-Fi|
|FaceTime HD Camera|
|Full-size Backlit Keyboard|
|SDXC Card Slot|
If you look at the table above, you can see that almost everything has improved with the new Retina display Mac. Don't be fooled with the higher clock speeds of the older versions, the latest Haswell processors present in the Retina model, coupled with the Iris and Iris Pro integrated graphics are much, much better than the older processors and Intel 4000 HD graphics.
The breakdown in other parts of the machine as well, should bring you to the same conclusion that we came to, that the Retina display model is far better than the non-retina model. But with a price difference of a hundred bucks, I'm sure you will need more than just a paragraph to be convinced.
While it is almost a rule of thumb that newer is better, let's see if it applies in this case. Of course, when it comes to technology, newer is definitely better, but you should also keep the price in mind. New tech can cost a bomb, and you don't want to sell your house to have a dapper computer. When it comes to the Retina display model of the MacBook Pro, the first thing you would notice is that the price is a hundred dollars more. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? To decide, let's see what you get for those extra hundred bucks.
So, if you take a look at the various features that you get with the newer MacBook Pro, it is well worth the extra 100 dollars that you are going to pay for it. Remember the comparisons here are of the base models, these can be configured with better and higher configurations, which will affect the prices. As a product with newer technology, we would have had no qualms recommending the newer version anyway; the price of the older machine just makes it easier to do so. If Apple drops the price of the older version to about USD 700 to USD 800, then there may be a compelling reason to opt for the old. At this price point, however, it's a no-brainer.