13 inch MacBook Pro Retina Review

When it comes to MacBook, Apple has managed to keep two things above everything, quality and performance. And with faster performance and longer battery life, stunning screen and comfortable keyboard, our 13 inch MacBook Pro Retina 2015 is no exception.

MacBook Pro Retina

Honestly, Apple’s new MacBook Pro is one of the most attractive and impressive premium laptops that the world has ever seen. There’s simply nothing out there as perfect as it is. If you love Apple products and planning to get a new Ultrabook, MacBook Pro 2015 edition is surely the best choice for you. You can get it from the Amazon for $1299. And for those who don’t know what is so special about the new MacBook Pro, please read our whole review. When you are done, you will learn everything you should know about this new apple Ultrabook. Read More

Apple MacBook Air 13 inch (2014) Review

macbook air 2014 sideMacBook Air laptops are renowned for their combination of impressive design, ultra-light weight and unmatched performance. This new 13 inch MacBook 2014 version is not an exception. It not only has the apple’s elegant outlook but also it is powered up with all the latest technologies. If you are seeking a premium looking Ultrabook that doesn’t skimp on power, with latest Core i5 processor and a battery that lasts longer than 12 hours, this new MacBook Air is surely one of the best options out there.

Basically, the new 2014 version has almost nothing new, if you compare it with the earlier Air model, which is kind of disappointing. So far the improvements Apple made are, a small processor speed bump and a longer battery life, while the design, screen and all other basic features remained exactly the same. But surprisingly, the price of it is marginally lower than the previous versions, which is very unusual for Apple.

Anyway, if you are looking for a desktop replacement or something you are going to use 20 hours a day, maybe it is not a good choice. But if you care about the brand, design and performance; if you are looking for a lightweight premium Ultrabook. With the price tag of $999, this Apple’s ultraportable is the best laptop you can get with your money. Read More

New Apple MacBook Pro 13.3” with Retina Display for $1,100

It’s a rare occurrence that a MacBook Pro with Retina Display goes on sale for much less than retail, but right now the latest version of the Apple 13.3″ MacBook Pro Notebook with Retina Display and Intel Core i5 2.4 GHz is on sale for $1,100 via eBay.  This model on sale is  model number ME864LL/A that retails for $1,235 on and $1,299 on  The specs for the 13” MacBook Pro Retina are as follows:

  • Processor: 2.4GHz dual-core Intel Core i5 processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.9GHz) with 3MB shared L3 cache
  • Storage: 128GB PCIe-based flash storage
  • Memory: 4GB 1600MHz DDR3L onboard memory
  • Screen: 13.3-inch (diagonal) Retina display, 2560×1600 pixel Resolution; LED-backlit with IPS technology
  • Graphics: Intel Iris Graphics
  • Wireless: 802.11ac Wi-Fi wireless networking
  • OS: Mac OS X Mavericks
  • Battery Life: Up to 9 hours of battery life

No indication of when this deal ends, but stock is limited and the seller has sold close to 200 at the time of this writing.  The product is new in box and the seller “besttopdeals” has a 98.6% positive rating.


Link to Deal: Apple MacBook Pro 13.3” with Retina Display for $1,100

Apple Back to School Sale 2013 – Get Reduced Pricing on a Mac and Free $100 Gift Card

Apple just announced  what their back to school 2013 promotion offer and this year is similar to last, you get reduced pricing on any Mac purchase and a free $100 iTunes gift card.  In addition to that, if you purchase an iPad or an iPhone you get a Free $50 iTunes gift card.   A Mac purchase includes any MacBook Air and MacBook Pro notebooks.   Here are the details, if you’re a student you can get the following discount prices on MacBooks:

 Regular PriceStudent PriceSavings
MacBook Air 11”$999$949$50 (5%)
MacBook Air 13”$1,099$1,049$50 (4.2%)
MacBook Pro 13”$1,199$999$200 (17%)
MacBook Pro 15”$1,799$1,699$100 (5.5%)
MacBook Pro with Retinal Display 13”$1,499$1,399$100 (6.6%)

imageThe “best deal” is actually the $200 off the 13” MacBook Pro as you save 17% when purchasing as a student.  Of course, the price of $999 is still pretty hard to swallow if you’re a student on a budget, but it’s as good as a price that you can find on the MacBook Pro.  And just to remind you, to qualify for the back to school discount at Apple, you just have to be a college student (either attending or accepted), a parent buying for a student or a faculty or staff member at any academic learning institution (K – 12 or college).  And don’t forget, these discount prices all come on top of the free $100 iTunes gift card you get, so you might consider your saving even more.  There’s no doubt going to be apps or music you’ll want to buy, so the gift card can be put to good use.

More: Apple Back to School 2013 Offer @

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Drops to $1,299

First of all let’s state that it’s understandable if $1,299 doesn’t sound like much of a deal for a laptop since it’s still way above the average selling price of a PC.  However, consider the fact that this price of $1,299 is for a 13” MacBook Pro with Retina display new in box is the lowest ever for any model with the much lauded Retina Display and it becomes a little more interesting.  The sale comes via and the price for this particular configuration with Intel Core i5 2.5GHz processor, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD, 13.3” 2560 x 1600 display is $200 less than what Apple is offering and $150 less than on Amazon.


The one downside to this configuration is the rather small 128GB SSD that’s included, but if you’re used to storing files “in the cloud” then you can supplement your storage using the Apple iCloud or Dropbox.  This model is the latest from Apple and what’s being sold is not a refurb, it’s brand new in box.  There are tons of reviews on the MacBook Pro 13” with Retina Display but a couple of the best can be found at The Verge and

Link to Deal: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display for $1,299 at

Apple Drops Price on 13” Retina Display MacBook Pro Laptop

Nothing says love like lower prices on MacBook Pros, and so Apple is sweetening some people’s Valentine’s Day further by rolling out new lower pricing on the high end Retina Display equipped 13” MacBook Pro model.  To add to that, the processors for each Retina Display model is getting a slight speed bump up, which when taken with the lower price means you’re certainly getting more for your dollar than you did just last week.  Here’s how the new pricing stacks up for each model:

  • The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display starts at $1,499, a $200 price drop.  The higher end $1,699 version with a 256GB SSD gets a processor bump up to 2.6GHz from 2.5GHz.
  • The 15-inch MacBook stays the same price of $2,199 but gets processor speed bumps to 2.4GHz and 2.7GHz for respective versions.


The price drops from Apple are most likely due to lower component costs, RAM and flash storage prices have been dropping of late which allows Apple to pass on lower pricing.  To be sure, these Apple MacBook products are still loftily priced and much more than the average PC price, but it’s good to see Apple isn’t just taking extra profit margins and instead reducing prices to make their hardware more affordable.

New Apple 11.6” MacBook Air on Sale for $799 at Best Buy

Here’s the best deal we’ve ever seen on the MacBook Air, you can get the 11.6” newest version with the 64GB SSD for only $799 at Best Buy right now, either in store or online.  The deal lasts for two days.  In addition to the 64GB model with 4GB of RAM, you can get the 13.3” version with 128GB SSD and 4GB of RAM at Best Buy for $999.


The MacBook Air probably needs no introduction as a majority of people know what it is and the features it offers, but in case you’re unaware of all the pros and cons of this popular laptop check out our review of the late 2011 model MBA.   The weight of the 11.6” model is only 2.4lbs and is 0.7” thick while the 13.3” model is 3lbs and the same 0.7” thick.  The 11.6” model is powered by an Intel Core i5 1.7GHz while the 13.3” is powered by an Intel Core i5 1.8GHz.  With the current pricing at Best Buy you’re getting $200 off the cost of each model, which is actually better than what Apple or anyone else offered around Black Friday last year. 

Deal Links: $799 MacBook Air 11.6” , $999 MacBook Air 13.3”

Apple MacBook Pro Vs. Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Video Comparison

It’s a show down of two popular laptops, the Apple MacBook Pro and Lenovo ThinkPad T430.  Both laptops are noted for their premium quality and iconic brands, they are well built systems offering a combination of portability and performance.  That said, there are a number of differences between the Apple MBP and ThinkPad T430 that could make one or the other a better choice for your needs.  Watch this video for a comparison!

Lenovo ThinkPad T430 Vs. Apple MacBook Pro

Apple MacBook Pro Vs. T430

Mac OS X Mountain Lion Gets Patched to Version 10.8.1

imageThe newest Mac OS X already has its first upgrade!  Apple has just released the 10.8.1 update for early adopters of the Mountain Lion version of OS X.

This update includes general operating system fixes that improve the stability and compatibility of Mountain Lion. Though Apple has not confirmed reports that 10.8.1 improves battery life, there are various other issues that seem to be fixed:

  • Resolve an issue that may cause Migration Assistant to unexpectedly quit
  • Improve compatibility when connecting to a Microsoft Exchange server in Mail
  • Address an issue playing audio through a Thunderbolt display
  • Resolve an issue that could prevent iMessages from being sent
  • Address an issue that could cause the system to become unresponsive when using Pinyin input
  • Resolve an issue when connecting to SMB servers with long names
  • Address a issue that may prevent Safari from launching when using a Proxy Automatic Configuration (PAC) file
  • Improve 802.1X authentication with Active Directory credentials

To update from your Mac OS X Mountain Lion machine simply choose the Apple menu > Software Update.

OS X Mountain Lion was released last month on July 25, 2012, with new features such as Notes and Reminders as applications separate from Mail and Calendar. Additionally, Mountain Lion replaces iChat with iMessages, allowing users to send unlimited messages to other Macs (using 10.8 or later), iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches (using iOS 5 or later). Apple’s new OS X also uses Safari 6.


Lenovo ThinkPad Carbon X1 Vs. Apple MacBook Air 13” Comparison (Video)

Two of the hottest Ultrabooks on the market right now, the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon and Apple MacBook Air 2012, happened to be in my hands at the same time, so a comparison was irresistible.  What better medium than to use video to do that:

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Vs Apple MacBook Air 13” (2012)

For those who have YouTube blocked at work or prefer the written word we also offer good old plain text summary discussion below.

Design Build

The Apple MacBook Air is constructed of aluminum while the ThinkPad Carbon X1 uses – surprise, carbon fiber.  Apple has a unibody design so the exoskeleton is really what provides the overall rigidity, think of it as a crab – the hard protective layer on the outside and then all the important juicy (components) inside.  The ThinkPad X1 Carbon meanwhile uses an internal carbon fiber built roll cage to help protect internals.  Carbon fiber is known for its light weight yet rigid qualities, it’s not the first time it’s been used in a laptop, Sony in the past has used it in several premium VAIO laptop models.  Thanks to the rigid materials used in both the MacBook Air and ThinkPad X1 the feel is rock solid for both.  There’s really no give to the case in any area for either laptop.  The one downside to the aluminum on the MacBook Air is that it’s prone to scratching.  If you have a metal wristband watch for instance you might want to be careful, I’ve put a few nicks in the casing when I’ve forgotten to remove my metal banded watch while typing.  For this reason I prefer the Carbon Fiber used in the ThinkPad X1 Carbon – it’s not only very durable feeling, but also more resistant to scratches.

ThinkPad Carbon X1 alongside Apple MacBook Air

With regards to overall design, it’s tough to call one more attractive than the other as the ThinkPad appeals more to business types while Apple is more prosumer targeted (though Apple is making inroads into enterprise computing settings).  The MacBook Air definitely set the precedent for minimalist design and an industrial look.  While no one would accuse the ThinkPad X1 of copying the MacBook Air design, Lenovo has definitely been affected by Apple with the design.  The “cleaner” six-row chiclet style keyboard on the X1 Carbon is certainly Apple-esque.  The oversized glass touchpad on the X1 is a page out of the Apple playbook too.  Finally, the fact that Apple started standardizing the backlit keyboard across its notebooks has forced PC manufacturers like Lenovo to follow suit.  That aside, I think you’ll turn more heads when using the MacBook Air as the design is more recognized along with the brand.  The ThinkPad Carbon X1 from a distance looks like any other ThinkPad, it’s black and boxy, I doubt it would impress a walker by in an airport unless they looked hard to see how thin it is.  Sure carbon fiber is impressive, but you can’t ogle it exactly.


MacBook Air Vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon Screen

The ThinkPad Carbon X1 has a 1600 x 900 resolution 14” screen while the Apple MacBook Air 13” has a 1440 x 900 resolution screen.  Both have nice and bright screens with vivid colors.  However, neither use the IPS technology you get in the Apple iPad that offers very wide viewing angles.  For that reason, if you tilt the screens back you get distorted coloration such as you see in the below picture (ThinkPad Carbon X1 on the left and Apple MacBook Air on the right in all pictures):

MacBook Air Vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon Screen

The best viewing angle is of course straight on for a laptop, but you can measure the quality of a screen by seeing how colors appear from wide angles.  Here’s how the screens look on both when tilted forward and then from off to the side:

MacBook Air Vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon Screen tilted forward

MacBook Air Vs ThinkPad X1 Carbon Screen side view

Overall the screen quality and viewing angles are pretty much even on these laptops, neither offers a clear advantage in quality.  However, the Lenovo X1 Carbon does have a higher resolution enabling you to fit more on the screen so it could get a slight advantage nod here.  Other reviews have mentioned some graininess to the ThinkPad X1 screen, but we didn’t notice such a thing on ours.

Weight and Thickness

The Apple MacBook Air is slightly thinner than the X1 Carbon:

Thickness comparison of Apple MacBook Air and X1 Carbon

The MacBook Air is 0.68” at its thickest point while the ThinkPad X1 Carbon is 0.74” thick.  Side by side you can notice this slight difference, in practical terms though both are so thin that you won’t notice much of a difference in day-to-day usage.

The weight of these machines is about the same.  The MacBook Air 13” weighs in at 2.96lbs while the ThinkPad X1C is 2.99lbs, you’ll hardly be able to notice that difference.  So for all intents and purposes what you have is a tie here, but if you sweat the minute details then the Apple MacBook Air would win the contest of thinnest and lightest between the two.

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboard on both models are chiclet style, I’m not sure there’s any new laptop that isn’t these days.  Both keyboards are nice, but the legendary ThinkPad keyboard feels better to type on.  The MacBook Air doesn’t offer quite the same amount of key travel.   Furthermore, the X1 Carbon offers a pointing stick, the MacBook Air does not.  Both offer an oversized glass surface touchpad with multi-gesture abilities that are great to use, I’d still say the MacBook Air touchpad is a bit more responsive and nicer to use.  My preference is with the ThinkPad X1 Carbon for the keyboard, but the touchpad on the MacBook Air is still tops – though just barely.


Here’s a comparison of the ports you get on each laptop:

ThinkPad X1 CarbonApple MacBook Air
  • One USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
  • One USB 2.0 charged port
  • Mini DisplayPort with audio
  • SD Card reader
  • headphone
  • Two USB 3 ports
  • Thunderbolt port
  • SD card reader
  • headphone

The MacBook Air gets a slight edge here for the fact it has a faster ThunderBolt port and two USB 3.0 ports compared to just one on the X1 Carbon.  Here’s a look at where each port is located:

Left side MacBook Air is a USB 3.0 and headphone port, the X1 has a USB 3.0 port

Left side ports

Right side the MacBook Air has an SD card slot, USB 3.0 and ThunderBolt port.  The X1 has an SD card reader, headphone jack, Mini DisplayPort and USB 3.0 port.

Right side ports

And here’s a look at the front sides and back sides where there are no ports on either.  Notice how thin the MacBook Air gets at the front, it’s got a very sloped profile compared to the ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

Front side

Back side


The configuration abilities for components is almost exactly the same for both the X1 Carbon and MacBook Air.  You can get up to a Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor (undervolted), 256GB SSD and up to 8GB of RAM.  For this reason there’s no real huge performance advantage for either related to components, the OS will be a bigger factor in how fast you get things done.  Mac OS X generally gets the nod for being faster than Windows and more secure.  If you’re just using a laptop for things like web surfing or spreadsheet work it’s not going to really matter what processor you have or which machine you’re using, both will be more than powerful enough for all business and school productivity tasks.

Battery Life

The ThinkPad Carbon X1 gave me 5 hours and 43 minutes of battery life with screen brightness set to 5/15 and just surfing the web.  The MacBook Air can get up to 6 hours 30 minutes under similar usage so the Apple machine wins in this category.


If you watched the video, my conclusion here is the same as there.  There is no winner, both are great laptops and it really boils down to whether you’re a Mac OS X or Windows user.  Of course the Windows Vs. Mac OS debate is not even touched upon, that’s a whole different debate and too vast to get into for this comparison of machines.  In regards to design, build and overall features, there are areas where the MacBook Air wins and some where the ThinkPad X1 Carbon wins.  You just have to look at what the pros and cons are and how they fit into your usage needs and go with one or the other based on that – you can’t go too far wrong as there’s a lot to like about both.

Pricing and Availability

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