You had to know it was coming. After extending its well-regarded Retina display technology from the iPhone to the iPad, then the 15-inch MacBook Pro, Apple continued packing pixels on Tuesday by introducing the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina. Like its larger Pro predecessors, it also gets thinner and lighter this year, and like the MacBook Air, it sacrifices its optical drive in the process. Yet unlike that most waif of Apple notebooks, the Pro still uses a full-power CPU running at 2.5GHz — not the clocked-down chips found in the MacBook Air and its Ultrabook competitors. Its high resolution, low weight and full-speed processor make the MacBook Pro difficult to find a close competitor to in the PC world, but we picked Sony’s Vaio Z for its similar no-compromises approach. Read on to see how they stacked up, along with the old 13-inch MacBook Pro thrown in for good measure.
by Nick Mokey
Nick Mokey is a magazine journalism graduate from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, located in Syracuse, New York. Prior to writing for Digital Trends, he was a columnist and later head opinion editor at S.U.'s independent student newspaper, The Daily Orange. Nick has also interned for and contributed to Popular Mechanics magazine. Besides toying with computers and gadgets, he enjoys running, motorcycling, camping, and finding absurd deals on Craigslist.