Having lived with my new 13″ Retina Macbook Pro for nearly a week, I wanted to share some quick hardware observations on the new unit as compared to my previous (early 2008 model) Macbook Pro.
1. I like the wider keyboard layout on the newer MBP much more, but it takes a little getting used to.
2. The glossy screen doesn’t bother me. The screen reflectance seems much lower than that of earlier glossy Macbook Pros. I can’t comment on the glare because I haven’t used it outside.
3. The new MBP runs much cooler, but still feels warm to the touch on its underside.
4. The retina display is a pleasure to look at and has eased my eyestrain.
5. Going from a 15″ display to a 13″ display was easier than I thought.
6. The new MBP is very light, when compared to my old MBP.
7. The magnetic latch is really nice and beats the old “hook / clasp” mechanism on my older MBP.
All in all, my first impressions so far have been a positive one. I plan on testing the rMBP as a travel companion in the next two weeks.
Incidentally, within two days of setting up my new Mac, my old Macbook Pro started displaying video glitches and artifacts (thanks to a flaky Nvidia chipset). Of course, it’s out of warranty, but I plan to bring it to the Apple store anyway to see if they can help me.