MacBook Pro 2012 review


  • Stunning Retina Display
  • Fierce processing power
  • Effortless multi-tasking


  • Lack of Retina optimised apps
  • No optical drive
  • Very pricey
title: MacBook Pro 2012: Battery / url: battery-verdict

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Battery

Apple's quoted seven-hour battery life is for "web use", so if you're planning on doing more than checking your Facebook page be prepared for less.

Ours ran out of juice from 100% following a little more than five hours of semi-intensive use, with a variety of tasks from watching video locally, over AirPlay, listening to iTunes, playing games, web browsing and picture editing.

As you would expect, word processing is not as labour intensive as multimedia usage, but at this price and spec it's a professional notebook aimed at heavy usage so we reckon around five is what to plan for.

It's fine, if not startling, but again, as we've found with the iPad 3, fuelling the quality of output necessary to make the Retina Display dazzle comes at a battery-life cost. The 30 days of standby is far more impressive.

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display: Verdict


The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is undoubtedly Apple's most impressive laptop to date. Somehow melding the best of the MacBook Air, the MacBook Pro and the iPad 3 has resulted in a beautifully designed technological beast that hoovers up multi-tasking and powers through the most taxing of programs.

If anything, it's ahead of its time, as many developers will now have to raise their services' games to make the most of its admirable tech.

It’s always good to see Apple pushing the boundaries again, but this poses problems as it treads its own line that may not necessarily marry with your requirements – performance and HD elitism over battery life and general viewing, cloud and Thunderbolt over optical drive and a plethora of USBs.

At £1,799 for the basic model we tested and more than £3,000 if you go high end and overboard on the spec upgrades, it sure doesn't come cheap, but then this in a different class to anything else we've tried.

Ultrabooks have their place, for sure, but the MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a fully fledged, high-end desktop replacement that you can carry around with you without fuss.

Spend 10 minutes with one and you'll want it; spend a week with one and you won't want to give it back. We don't have to give ours back do we? Oh…   

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display availability: Available now

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