See the internal layout of the new Macbook Pro with Retina Display.

See How Apple Managed to Design The Thinnest Macbook Pro Ever.

Today Apple released the newest version of its flagship laptop, the Macbook Pro.  The 15 inch model now comes in two flavors, classic, which looks identical to the last several versions, and the Retina model, which replaces both the high-end 15 inch model and the 17 inch model of the previous generation.  Both flavors of the new Macbook Pro come with upgraded graphics and processors, but since the Retina model is the new kid on the block, I’m going to devote this review to it.

The first thing you’re likely to notice about the Macbook Pro Retina is how thin it is.  It weighs only 4.46 pounds, and when it’s closed, it’s only 0.71 inches tall.  To put that in perspective, the Macbook Air is 0.68 inches tall when closed.  The difference in height between these 2 laptops is about the thickness of 10 human hairs.  Literally.  If you’ve seen the Macbook Air, then you should be truly impressed with the new Macbook Pro.

Another thing that you will quickly notice is how fast it is.  The new Macbook Pro gave up it’s traditional hard drive in favor of much faster flash storage.  The standard storage capacity of Apple’s newest laptop is 256GB or 512GB, depending on model.  The higher end model can be upgraded to 768GB, providing a large amount of storage that’s really fast, and nearly silent.  Also, both models can remain on standby for 30 days, which is unheard of in laptops with traditional hard drives.

Once the Macbook Pro Retina is powered up, you’ll be quick to notice it’s namesake Retina Display.  With an astonishing 2880 by 1800 pixel display, you’ll have a hard time even distinguishing individual pixels.  Like all of the Retina Displays that precede this one, the screen is actually part of the glass, which makes it ultra-thin and provides a very wide viewing angle.  And since it is backlit with LEDs, the screen is both incredibly vibrant and consumes little power.

Speaking of low power consumption, this laptop is built for long battery life.  While most laptops come with 2 to 3 hour batteries, the Macbook Pro comes with a 7 hour battery, allowing you to work all day, anywhere you want.  For recharging, the Macbook Pro comes with an 85W MagSafe 2 power adapter.

Computing power is provided by a 2.3GHz or 2.6GHz Intel Core I7 “Ivy Bridge” processor, which provides significant processing power over it’s “Sandy Bridge” predecessors.  It’s also more efficient, reducing the amount of power consumed by the laptop.  Best of all, it comes with Turbo Boost technology, which allows the processor to reach clock speeds of 3.3 or 3.6GHz, making even the most intensive applications faster.  And with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, you’ll be able to use all of that processing power.

Of course, the best display and processors in the laptop world would be useless without great graphics.  And the Macbook Pro doesn’t disappoint.  It comes standard with both the new Intel HD Graphics 4000, and the NVIDIA GeForce GT650M video cards.  With 1GB of dedicated video memory and the ability to switch to shared graphics for power management, you get the best of both worlds.  Gaming, video editing, or just surfing the web, you’ll always have the best graphical experience.

Many people who see the new Macbook Pro will be pleased to see that it has added a dedicated HDMI port, which allows the it to be compatible with most modern displays and HDTVs.  Power users will also appreciate the 2 Thunderbolt ports and the 2 USB 3.0 ports, which allow for a massive amount of data to be transfered at once.  Some people may be disappointed by the lack of a FireWire port or DVD drive, but both are available as add-ons.  The increased portability and more ports more than make up for this.

For your communication needs, the Macbook Pro provides a 720p FaceTime webcam, WiFi with 802.11 a/b/g/n support, and Bluetooth 4.0 standard.  The new speaker design is set up for great clarity, and the dual microphones help eliminate background noise so your conversations are crystal clear.  The built-in headphone port supports the iPhone headset as well.

In short, Apple has done very well with this new design.  By offering the older design for one more generation as well, they avoid the anger that a few people would feel if forced to accept the new design.  Now, I imagine you would like to find out where you can get one of these laptops at no cost.  My answer to you is that I expect both of the following websites to have the Macbook Pro with Retina Display within the week.  Why not sign up with them now, and get an early start?

Macbook Pro 15 With Retina Display For Free

Macbook Pro 15 With Retina Display For 95% Off

 

 

 

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BidHere Auctions Review

by Carl on June 8, 2012


BIDHERE - Where shopping is funIt’s been awhile since I first introduced penny auction websites as a way to get a discount Macbook Pro.  Although these websites are not free, they can be used to save several hundred dollars on many different electronic items.  The best of these websites that I found is Bidhere Auctions.  There are several reasons why I would use them over any other penny auction website.

The first reason I would choose these guys over the competition is the bid price.  Most penny auction websites charge $1 per bid.  Bidhere only charges $0.60, which saves you $40 per 100 bids.  40% savings is important in todays economy.  Most of their auctions are also “2-cent auctions,” which means that, instead of increasing the bid price by $0.01 every bid, the final price increases by $0.02, which can cause amateur bidders to drop out of the auction earlier, resulting in less  money spent by you.

Another reason why I like Bidhere is the selection.  Too many penny auctions only stock items from 1 or 2 vendors.  Bidhere provides everything from laptops to vacuum cleaners, and video games to coffee makers.  Chances are, if there is an appliance or electronic device that you want, it can be found on Bidhere.

Bidhere is also known for their “Fair Auction Guarantee,” which guarantees that they do not use “bots” to artificially increase the bid price, and also guarantees that employees or their family members are not allowed to bid.  This ensures that anyone who bids is real, and therefore guarantees you the lowest possible prices.  The average user saves up to 95% off retail prices, which is great.  Using a little common sense will save you even more.

However, the absolute best reason to use Bidhere over any other penny auction is their referral program.  This program works a lot like the freebie websites that I usually recommend.  Once you have completed cell phone verification (just like Facebook) you are given a unique referral link.  The best part is that all your referrals have to do to count as verified is to verify their cell phone number, which is easier than the offer process that most freebie websites use.  Of course, you need to get more referrals for Bidhere, but since there is no cost to anyone, that shouldn’t be much of a problem.  250 referrals will get you a completely free 17 inch Macbook Pro.

As you can see, Bidhere is really a first class website.  Although I said that you couldn’t get any free items from them, if you are willing to promote them as a referral, then you can.  And even if you choose to simply go with the bidding, as long as you’re patient and apply a little restraint, you can save thousands of dollars on your purchases.  And in today’s economy, that can be all the difference.

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