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Next-generation Retina MacBook Pro hands-on

Published Jun 12th, 2012 3:00PM EDT

MacBook Pro Retina Display Hands-on

I just got my hands on a brand new next-generation Retina MacBook Pro, and there isn’t any other way to describe it — it’s beautiful. The Retina display is the best display I’ve ever seen, period. It’s almost too good, if that’s even possible. Many sites (including BGR) don’t serve up high-enough resolution images for the new iPad, and the inbound Retina-equipped MacBook Pro highlights this issue even more. But enough of that, this computer is an engineering marvel in almost every way possible.

It’s as thin as a MacBook Air, yet way more powerful. It’s rethought from the ground up and is the most future-proof notebook I’ve ever come across. With ThunderBolt and USB 3.0, a Retina display, a latest generation Intel processor, the fastest RAM available, a 500MBps SSD drive, a high definition FaceTime camera, dual microphones, dual (incredible) speakers, a backlit keyboard and 7 hours of battery life (we haven’t gotten to know each other that long yet), this is a slam dunk.

My only problem? Can I make the switch from a 13-inch MacBook Air which has a much smaller footprint, to a larger laptop in size, weight, and feel? A 13-inch next-generation MacBook Pro might be the best compromise, but we’re not quite there yet.

Jonathan S. Geller
Jonathan Geller Founder, President & Editor-in-chief

Jonathan S. Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.