This thing is a space monster. Apple just dropped a new line of MacBook Pro laptops with the highest-resolution screen in laptop history. This is Apple’s crown jewel of computing.
The new MacBook Pro has 2800×1800 resolution on a 15.4-inch screen — that’s well over five million pixels and dwarfs even HDTVs. That also means the computer qualifies as a retina display, with a pixel density of 220ppi — seamless when you’re staring at it from a normal computer distance. By comparison, the previous 15-inch MacBook Pro drives a mere 1440×900 screen.
This is an engineering marvel. The new MacBook Pro is thinner than a finger, weighs 2.06kg (or 2.56kg for the 15-incher), and sports Intel’s new Ivy Bridge processors, bringing 2.7GHz of quad-core processing power (Turbo Boost-able up to 3.7GHz). It will also be a gaming powerhouse (by laptop standards), packed with Nvidia’s Kepler GeForce GT 650M.
Want more? You can get a staggering 768GB SSD drive. That’s mammoth. More? Two Thunderbolt ports, HDMI, an SD card, USB 3.0 and MagSafe 2. There’s no ethernet port or optical drive, but it’s time to shed some old tech — and that’s a big part of what keeps this thing so svelte. DVDs are dead. This computer is essentially the pinnacle of Apple technology. Little flourishes like dual microphones and a custom-designed asymmetrical internal fan (for quiet cooling) abound.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro with retina display starts at $2499 in Australia with a 2.3GHz Ivy Bridge processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, and it’s available to purchase right now. If you want to max it out — 2.7GHz processor, 16GB of RAM and the 768GB SSD — it’ll hit you for $4299. That’s a lot, but this is the computer we were all dreaming about.
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