Would You Pay $1,699 for a 13-Inch Retina Display MacBook Pro?

While the grand unveil at Apple’s event next week will very likely be the long-rumored iPad mini, there’s a very good chance that a 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display could tag along for the ride. Assuming a juicy new rumor proves true, the notebook will cost $500 less than the $2,199 15-inch Retina MacBook. But is that low enough?

The base version of the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display will likely cost $1,699 at launch, sources tell 9to5Mac. That’s $500 more than the 13-inch MacBook Pro with a standard display. Like the Retina 15-inch model, the 13-inch version will also be available in a more powerful, higher-priced configuration that the site expects to cost between $1,899 and $1,999.

The price differential for the two 13-inch Pros would be in the same league as the Retina and non-Retina versions of the 15-inch versions. As Mashable points out, buyers will likely receive more than just a 2560 x 1600 display for the extra cash. The Retina versions of the 15-inch MacBook Pro sport a slimmer, more travel-friendly design, standard solid state drives and high-powered RAM configuration options missing from their non-Retina counterparts. We’d expect to see the same in the 13-inch offerings.

Is $1,699 too rich for your blood or do you think it will be worth the premium over the non-Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro?




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  1. Karl Says:

    Oh yes! Apple isnt cheap, but thats fine. Their products are awesome and I am willing to pay for that. So definitely YES. Have to admit to be a fanboy somehow. ;)

  2. Andrew Says:

    Hmm… not for me. At this price, I could have gotten away with a powerful gaming laptop. Maybe an Alienware M14x. I’d choose performance over display anytime.

  3. Brady Says:

    No, my current notebook, an asus ROG, would eat this thing alive and for hundreds cheaper… The increased resolution doesnt seem to justify the payhike as most people wont notice the difference unless put side by side with something of lower resolution.

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