What is the difference between a 13-inch mac book pro and the 13 inch mac book pro with retina display?

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  • Other than the fact that the Retina has a considerably higher resolution display, there are some definite hardware differences.

    The Retina has slightly higher processor clock speeds, though they all have i5 or i7 processors. The Retinas start with 8GB RAM, where the non-Retina has 4. The non-retina has a 500GB HDD, while the retinas have 128, 256, or 512GB SSDs. The differences in hardware cause the retina to be $200, 400, or $700 more than the basic non-retina. The retinas have Intel on-board graphic processors, but a step up from the non. Battery life is expected to be 2 hours longer on the retina than the non.

    They have different hardware ports. They both have 2 USB 3 ports. The non has a Firewire 800 port, the retina has none. The retina has an HDMI port, the non has none. The retina has 2 Thunderbolt 2 ports, while the non has 1 first-generation Thunderbolt port. The non has n wi-fi, while the retina has faster ac wi-fi. The retina has no ethernet port or DVD drive, while the non has both (the retina needs an external optical drive and a Thunderbolt gigabit ethernet adapter if you have need for them).

    Personally, I'm about to buy a non-retina pro because I prefer the extra ports, an internal optical drive, and HDDs vs SDDs.

    • Answered by Greg C from Rome
    • Jan 1, 2015