Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
$1500 and up
2560-by-1600 (227 ppi)
Intel Core i5 or i7 (Ivy Bridge)
128GB or 256GB
3.57 lbs / 0.75 in.
- None of the laptops running Intel's Haswell processors are available yet, but at this point, you're better off waiting for the superior battery life these laptops will deliver. (A Haswell upgrade for Apple's MacBook Pro laptops will probably come later this year as well.)
- Samsung promises the best battery life and screen resolution of all the PC makers, but how much those specs will cost is unknown. The company is working on a "Lite" model of the ATIV Book 9 with a lower screen resolution, bulkier chassis and weaker specs.
- The Chromebook Pixel is actually the cheapest of the bunch, but of course it only makes sense if you're okay doing 100 percent of your work in a Web browser.
- While it seems possible for PC makers to achieve MacBook Air-like thicknesses with their high-resolution laptops, it's not cheap to do so. That may explain why Apple held off on Retina displays for this year's MacBook Air refresh.
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