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What are the "pros and cons" of the 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro models? Is one right for me?
Like any other purchase, only you can make the decision whether or not a 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro model is the right notebook for you, but you can evaluate the pros and cons of the line to see if your needs are met.
For those interested in a more detailed evaluation, EveryMac.com also provides a comparison of the discontinued "Mid-2012" and "Early 2013" 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro as well as a comparison of the current "Late 2013" line.
For those most interested in the highlights, this "run down" may be helpful in making a decision:
So, is one right for me?
Essentially, if you need a powerful notebook Mac with a beautiful, ultra high resolution display and care little about legacy support or future repairs or upgrades -- and price is no object -- the 15-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro could be the perfect Mac for you.
On the other hand, if you are more price sensitive or physical dimensions are more important than display size/resolution, performance, or additional connectivity, a 13-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro or a MacBook Air likely would be a better choice.
If performance, upgrades, and "legacy" connectivity -- like Gigabit Ethernet and Firewire -- as well as an internal optical drive are important, a traditional "Mid-2012" MacBook Pro would be better for you. Of course, anyone interested in saving money also would be wise to consider any number of MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro models on the used market.
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