Ap­ple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina dis­play

Pro­ces­sor: Dual-core 2.7GHz In­tel Core i5 RAM: 8GB Stor­age: 256GB SSD Screen: 13.3-inch IPS LCD, 2560 x 1600 £1199, $1499 www.ap­ple.com

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Ap­ple’s Retina rev­o­lu­tionised lap­top screen qual­ity, and while com­peti­tors now sport Reti­nar­i­valling pan­els, the MacBook still of­fers the best view­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Its bright­ness, con­trast, sat­u­ra­tion and de­tail are sub­lime, and fac­tory colour cal­i­bra­tion is the most ac­cu­rate.

While its 2.7GHz pro­ces­sor is tech­ni­cally faster than the dual-core chips in the Dell and Mi­crosoft lap­tops, real world per­for­mance is al­most iden­ti­cal and noth­ing special. It’s a pity that quad-core pro­ces­sors are re­stricted to the 15-inch mod­els. Its power-sip­ping pro­ces­sors make for se­ri­ously im­pres­sive bat­tery life. Our con­fig­u­ra­tion lasted a mighty 12 hours, 12 min­utes in our video test loop.

Pros

Class-lead­ing screen; in­cred­i­ble bat­tery life; de­cent per­for­mance

Cons

Lacks Sur­face Book’s ver­sa­til­ity; no quad-core CPU op­tion for the 13-inch MacBook

We say

It may be an ob­vi­ous choice, but this is still a bril­liant all-rounder Over­all score

Ap­ple’s sleek metal de­sign still looks the part, but it houses RAM that can’t be user-up­graded in the fu­ture

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