Unboxing MacBook Pro with Retina Display

I bought another Apple product.  This time, I got the new [amazon_link id="B0074721BI" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]15.4″ MacBook Pro with Retina display[/amazon_link].  In this blog and connected video, I’m taking the MacBook Pro with Retina Display out of the box for the first time!

From the outside, the box is the same design as the traditional MacBook Pro.  So Apple is using same design technology as it used with iPad — the same box.

Therefore, the only way to know for sure what MacBook I’ve gotten is to look carefully at the details on the back.

This MacBook Pro includes

  • 15″ High Performance notebook with Retina Display
  • 2.6 GHz QuadCore I7 Ivy Bridge Processor
  • 8 Gigabytes of 1600 MHz DDR3 Ram
  • 512 Gigabytes of Flash which is SSD (I read online they use the Samsung 830 SSD Chip)
  • Graphic Card is NVidia GeForce GT 650m with 1 GB of memory
  • And, it doesn’t say this, but the machine uses a similar design philosophy of the [amazon_link id="B00746YD24" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]MacBook Air[/amazon_link]

 

Summer Deal Student Discount

Every Summer Apple gives a student discount.  If you buy a notebook you get the student discount plus a $100 gift card to the App Store.

Opening the Box: Contents

  • I remember the old box had a soft top inside the box.  This one is just cardboard.  The box itself is quality cardboard and is quite heavy on its on.
  • The computer is easily lifted with a tab.
  • The new Magsafe 2 power adapter is included, which makes all my old cords obsolete unless I [amazon_link id="B008ALAHA4" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]buy the new $10 adapter[/amazon_link].
  • Quickstart guide designed for this new MacBook Pro, more Apple stickers, and a cleaning cloth.

Hands on the Computer

Plastic comes of easily.

I notice right away the light weight.  This MacBook Pro is much lighter than previous ones.

Also, I notice the new air vents on the bottom and the 2 thunderbolt ports, magnetized power slot, USB 3.0 (not color coded) on the left.  On the right are the SD Card slot, HDMI port, and another USB 3.0.

The back looks just like the other [amazon_link id="B005CWJ3MM" target="_blank" container="" container_class="" ]MacBook Pro[/amazon_link], just thiner.

This is a very nice design, I like it.

I do notice that I don’t see a battery status light and the screws on the bottom are the Apple screws that are impossible to open.  So, make sure you get the computer you want.  You won’t be able to upgrade it yourself.

Keyboard and trackpad look just like current

Compare to current 2010 MacBook Pro

Wow!  My current MB Pro feels a lot heavier!

The new one is noticeably a lot thinner and a lot lighter.

I can’t wait to turn this on!

In my next video and blog, I’ll talk about the First boot of the Retina Display.

Thanks,

Super Gadget Guy

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