Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 23rd Jun 2012 14:45 UTC
Apple The only review that matters - as detailed and in-depth as ever. "I'm giving the MacBook Pro with Retina Display our bronze Editor's Choice award. Making it the first Mac to ever receive one. It would have been a silver had the software story been even stronger (iWork, Mountain Lion, Office and Photoshop being ready at launch would have been a feat worth rewarding). And it would have been a gold had Apple been able to deliver all of that but without sacrificing end-user upgradability." The device has performance issues which Mountain Lion will address (to a degree), but for the rest, AnandTech's review details - without being pro or anti-anything - just how good this new MBP really is. As a sidenote, Windows 8 on the retina display further confirms the classic desktop is dead to Microsoft: it still can't handle high-DPI displays properly. With the desktop going the way of the dodo, why would the company make it so?
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1. Operating a car is not the same as modifying or otherwise fixing the car. Tire pressure (much like charing a laptop) is operating the car. Modifying some facet of the car to change it's performance characteristics is beyond the vast majority of car users. The same applies to cell phones, refrigerators, toasters, microwave ovens, and virtually all other appliances. Why are computers in a separate category? The reality is their not, not to most people anyway, just those of us who can do such things.

2. I'll certainly accept your point on this. If your away from an Apple store then your service experience is much weaker. In fairness though, if your talking about fixing the device, then most manufacturers - certainly Dell and IBM which I have used for years - will either require you to send in the device or (given the right warranty) send people out to you. I've not gone to 'local shop' to service a computer for decades. (Though I do appreciate the experience might differ in other countries it was much the same when I lived in London and Brussels.)

I do think that, as inevitable as this may be, we are heading towards a PC market where consumer devices will be essentially disposable (refurbishable) rather than maintainable.


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