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Retina MacBook Pro: Apple takes its range of beauty pro
The new Apple laptop corrects most of the shortcomings of its predecessor and become the MacBook Pro we dared not hope.

 

the promise

Since 2008, as an eternity, the MacBook Pro kept the same design. Certainly attractive, but which had almost grown tired. Above all, the form factor involved updates by bit, without really fundamental change. If the classic design still exists, at least for this generation, through the MacBook Pro 13-inch and 15 newly updated, the real "break" comes from the MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina display. The new high-end notebook  Dell Latitude e6400 battery  for the version tested here - born from the ashes of pro 17 inch laptop from Apple, and it is not anecdotal. Portrait and test a Mac, which is a small overhaul.

 

reality

Before the new design, thinner (1.8 cm) and lighter (2.02 kg, a few grams lighter than the MacBook Pro 13-inch classic) is the Retina display look you want. Is he bluffing as we imagine? Short answer: yes. Detailed answer: yes. Bright, over 300 cd/m2, it offers a contrast ratio of 023:1 amazing 1. If we were not able to verify, through testing, Apple's assertion, indicating that the reflections are reduced by 75% on glossy, we found that the use is actually a real improvement . Those who, rightly, have been reluctant to adopt a slab "glass" can change your mind. The lack of reflection can enjoy the quality of the slab, almost 5.2 million pixels display fonts to outlines perfect as ever, detailed images for accurate shading, the sharp limits.

 

High definition on map

Resolution, adaptable in five settings in System Preferences in Mac OS can spend a very large plan 1024 x 640 pixels equivalent to 1920 x 1200 pixels. By default, the resolution is 1440 x 900 pixels, as the old 15-inch MacBook Pro, with the difference that the accuracy is much better ... The native resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels is never really used except in games or if you enjoy to install  Dell Latitude E6510 battery  via Boot Camp. The fonts are so sharp but too small for most users. If adopting lower resolutions in Windows you run the risk of seeing jagged text and icons drooling, this is obviously not the case under Mac OS X. Apple has reworked its purpose OS and a good portion of its applications (consumer and professional), although we observed some oversights deci beyond. So much for the screen back a little new housing.

 

Connection modernized

After removing the optical drive on its ultraportable MacBook Air to reduce clutter inside, Apple took the leap on their business computers. For the record, the Cupertino company was among the first to get rid of the floppy disk obsolete. Does this now mean that facilities and backups can happen a physical medium? The Mac App Store and iCloud are two replies to this question by Apple. Not only it's done through a network connection, but it should be done in Wi-Fi (a, b, g and n), because the Ethernet port has been sacrificed. Not so much on the altar of compactness, than on the high-end connectivity. Two Thunderbolt ports (copper) is the part connecting theoretically up to six devices on each chain. Thunderbolt adapters are used to connect monitors, hard drives, FireWire 800 or Ethernet cables (29 euros). Apple has (finally) the leap of USB 3.0. Only two ports are present, but so what offer the very best in terms of connectivity. If you forget eSata obviously absent from Apple and discreet in general. However first on a Mac laptop, an HDMI port is included. Convenient for presentations or HD playback on a big screen ...

 

A professional configuration

But the modernization of the range does not stop at the connections. Finally, the MacBook Pro with the Retina model is equipped with a hard disk serial SDS, 256 or 512 GB, while Apple still dare use discs 5400 revolutions / minute classic MacBook Pro. Performance are obviously appointment. It is thus possible to read multiple  HP 484170-001 battery streams simultaneously without the disc seems flinching. Couraging finished slowdowns. However, you should make your choice on disk capacity before buying, because it is impossible to change components, welded or glued, once the configuration stopped. This is the price to pay for compactness and design. If you can look without too much afterthought on a MacBook Air, it is more difficult to accept in a professional machine that is usually evolve throughout his life ...
8 GB of RAM - expandable to 16 GB! - Are also soldered to the motherboard. We rejoice in any case Apple did not do things by half. 8 GB is a comfortable amount of RAM for most applications: Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.. However, the most demanding wish leap of 16 GB, which will cost 200 euros extra from Apple, since there is a priori more alternative suppliers.


Daily performances doped

The Core i7, Ivy Bridge, turns its four cores at 2.6 GHz, with the possibility to boost up to 3.6 GHz in a timely manner with Turbo Boost technology. In fact, all the tests related to the operating system and the processor seeking showed a gain of approximately 50% compared to the previous generation of MacBook Pro 15-inch, including travel, duplication, or preview files heavy. With software like iPhoto and Garageband, you win respectively 10 and nearly 70% of different image processing and encoding audio files.

 

Respondent for pro

Of all the applications and professional tools with which we carry out tests, Final Cut Pro X, Photoshop CS6, Cinebench, etc.. we observed a performance gain of about 16%. Results far superior to those of the latest generation of 17-inch MacBook Pro that we have tested under Snow Leopard 10.6.6. Indeed, we obtained a ratio x5 with new Apple laptops. In terms of autonomy, MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina got the better of his illustrious ancestor, renowned for the longevity of its battery. We measured and almost 5 hours HD video playback and between 6:00 and 6:30 in use "office" classic. The HP Pavilion DV7 battery differences are mainly explained by variations in lighting the screen, keyboard and soliciting the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (1GB dedicated video memory) instead of the integrated Intel HD chip 4000, more economical, but less powerful.

 

Even for games but not fully

Nvidia should take the shock for video editing a bit heavy, even with multiple HD streams simultaneously decoded. It does not, however, be surprised if your MacBook Pro starts to break down, which it does fairly regularly anyway. And if the GT 650M is not a map of gamers eager she is pretty well out of our various tests videogame. She has displayed a fluidity quite honest (more or less 30 frames per second) in its native resolution of 2880 x 1800 pixels, remember, which leaves plenty of room for growth when passing "single »Full HD. Do not, however, ask him too.

 

the verdict

The new MacBook Pro should supplant his comrades as aging is a natural evolution, a new reference. He established himself as a tour de force by providing a comprehensive range both at the finish, as the  HP Pavilion DV6 quality of the design, as the configuration or the connection ... Difficult, with its Retina display, to find out who compare frontally. This is one of the most versatile Mac that could be tested, even if it is not as good in all areas. It happens all the same to be an assembly station, photo editing or laptop model performance, a Mac and an excellent amateur computer to recognize everyday ... at this price, could not expect anything less.

 

 

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30/11/2012 04:24

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