Monday, December 24, 2012

Monday, December 10, 2012

Sony Vaio SZ4 MN/B Major Surgery (Replace HDD to SSD and Add Secondary HDD for data) with HD Video Start Up Comparison

As for today (09th Dec 2012), my Sony VAIO SZ4MN/B Laptop exactly a month before it's 6th Birthday (I've bought it in January 2006). Back in mid November 2012, it's second HDD dead/kaput. Yes 2nd HDD, because in 2009 after warranty finished it went into first major surgery already (replace slow 5400 rpm 100GB HDD into 7200 rpm and high volume 320GB).

So this project is to replace dead 7200 rpm HDD into SSD and add 2nd HDD to replace optical drive. With SSD Drive becomes more affordable today, so now it time to try it on into Sony VAIO SZ4 Series.

Here my configuration :
- Sony Vaio SZ4MN/B 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo T5600 (Merom)
- 3GB SDRAM PC5300 (533MHZ)
- 120GB SSD SanDisk Extreme
- 1TB Toshiba 5400RPM HDD (2nd HDD)

and here final result first, the video shown comparison of boot time of all 3 configuration (details after video).

Boot Time for Sony VAIO SZ4 with :

HDD 100GB Toshiba 5400 rpm with Windows Vista Business (176 seconds)
vs
HDD 320GB Seagate 7200 rpm with Windows 7 Ultimate (73 seconds)
vs
SSD 120GB SanDisk Extreme with Windows 7 Ultimate (42 seconds)




I am using SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive that I bought from Amazon (here : SanDisk SDSSDX-120G-G25 120GB Extreme SATA III 6Gb/s 2.5in Internal Solid State Drive ) for around £70 only (real bargain as for today's SSD market)

This SanDisk Extreme SSD with 550MB/s Seq Read and 510MB/s Seq Write, yes with that speed and price around £70 for 120GB, that real bargain.

Details about SanDisk Solid State Drive Product Comparison can be found at www.sandisk.com/products/ssd/sata


SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive (SSD)
Pic : SanDisk Extreme Solid State Drive (from SanDisk Website).

For Toshiba 100GB 5400 RPM (Original Sony Vaio SZ4 HDD), I've clean install Windows Vista in it before perform this 'boot' time comparison.

And for Seagate 320GB 7200 RPM, I took from my external USB drive then perform clean install Windows 7 Ultimate in it prior to this event.

All 3 Windows have same configuration and 'things' in it. Clean install windows then :
- Install Sony Util DLL
- Install Sony Share Library
- Update All Drivers
- Install WinRAR, Adobe Reader, Chrome Browser, HDD Sentinel and TuneUp Utilities
- Install Antivirus Karpersky
- Enable 4 Desktop Gadgets (Calendar, MeterCPU, Weather & TuneUp Util)
- Then Disable UAC, Disable LogIn Screen and connect in the same internet wireless point.

Here my photo set of this transformation:

http://desaputra.blogspot.com/2013/01/sony-vaio-sz4-with-ssd-and-1tb-hdd.html  or
http://www.flickr.com/photos/desaputra_hidden_side/sets/72157632260735187/

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Monday, August 06, 2012

Google Nexus 7 UK price, specifications and release date | Expert Reviews

Google Nexus 7 UK price, specifications and release date | Expert Reviews


The budget Android market hasn't exactly inspired a lot of confidence, with poor-quality models dominating the range. Things look set to change, though, with the Google Nexus 7 – the Android manufacturer's own-brand budget tablet.
Designed and built by Asus – responsible for the rather excellent Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime – the Google Nexus 7 is available for pre-order in the Google Play store for just £159 including VAT for the 8GB version (a 16GB version is available for £199).
Google Nexus S rear with Asus branding
Designed and built by Asus, the Google Nexus 7 has impressive specs and a very low price.
It's certainly a budget price, taking on the ultra-cheap small-brand manufacturers and the likes of the Amazon Kindle Fire, which has still to see a UK release date.
Fortunately, price is the only thing that appears to be budget about this product. The 7in display has a 1,280x800 resolution, which is considerably higher than most budget models, and uses IPS technology, which should mean excellent viewing angles.
Google Nexus S front
An IPS screen should provide excellent viewing angles, while the 1,280x800 resolution display is a step up from most budget Android tablets.
Tablets around this price usually skimp on the processor, but a 1.3GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip means that this will be one of the most powerful tablets available.
Google is promising that the 4,325mAh battery will give up to eight hours' active use. This shouldn't put the tablet too far behind the new iPad, which has an 11,666mAh battery that lasted just over 11 hours when playing a video in our battery test.
It will be the first device to run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This new OS will have improved voice search and Google Now, which gives you information as you need it, such as today's weather and the traffic situation for your journey to work.
Impressively, the Nexus 7 will be out in mid-July, with the UK Google Play store currently saying that devices will ship in two-to-three weeks. If it's anything like as good as it looks on paper, this will be the Android tablet to buy.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Windows Surface Tablet

Microsoft Surface Looks like Windows 8 iPad with standard keyboard.
Surface was the name for Microsoft's big touch table with cool effects like a water pond which was never shrunk down to a tablet.

Here is a skeletonized highlights:
http://www.zdnet.com/blog/bott/microsofts-new-surface-tablets-make-a-solid-first-impression/5142?tag=nl.e539 


Microsoft's new Surface tablets make a solid first impression

By  | June 19, 2012, 12:26am PDT
Summary: Microsoft’s new Surface tablets are exquisitely engineered, and no one can accuse them of being me-too products. Yesterday’s launch was impressive, but it also left many questions unanswered.

Monday, at an invitation-only media event in Los Angeles, Microsoft got the tech press to do something almost unprecedented: wait with eager anticipation for a Microsoft product announcement.
Even more astonishing is that the reveal lived up to the hype.
Microsoft’s new tablets, to be marketed under the Surface brand, are remarkable for many reasons:
They are exquisitely engineered. From a distance, the magnesium cases and ClearType displays are drop-dead gorgeous. The impression of world-class design and engineering is even more striking when you actually pick one up and play with it, as I was able to do (albeit briefly) following the press event.
The ARM-powered Windows RT model is one-tenth of a millimeter thinner than the latest iPad. It has a 10.6-inch screen with a 16:9 HD resolution, compared to the iPad’s 9.5-inch screen with a 4:3 aspect ratio. The larger display on the Surface means more weight—24 grams extra, to be precise, or just under an ounce more than its rival from Cupertino.
A second model, built around an Intel Ivy Bridge CPU, runs Windows 8 Professional. Compared to its Windows RT cousin it’s slightly less thin (13.5 mm instead of 9.4 mm) and heavier (903 g, or a sliver over 2 pounds, compared to 1-1/2 pounds).
This is no “me too” product. Both Surface models are unapologetically unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The signature feature—one that probably has some Apple product designers wondering “Why didn’t we think of that?”—is the magnetic cover that snaps firmly into place and doubles as a keyboard. The Touch Cover (3 mm thin) comes in an assortment of bold colors and includes a full-size keyboard with slightly raised keys and a trackpad.  The Type Cover, at 5mm, uses the same layout, but with keys that have the travel you would expect from a conventional keyboard. To appreciate the clever design and solid working of the magnetic latch, you really have to try it.
There’s also a kickstand integrated into the case itself. Snap it open to rest the tablet open at a 22-degree angle, which is ideal for watching a movie, chatting via webcam, or typing.
Both covers offer some of the power-saving features of the iPad Smart Cover, but the integrated keyboard and kickstand are a genuine improvement. You can turn a Surface tablet into the functional equivalent of a notebook without third-party add-ons. And the snug-fitting, rigid cover makes it possible to use the device in this configuration even on a lap.
Oh, and both models have full-size USB ports (USB 2.0 for the Windows RT model, USB 3.0 for the Windows 8 Professional version). That’s a key differentiator from the iPad.
It’s a bold break from Microsoft’s classic business model. For years, Microsoft has been telling OEMs to pay attention to user experience, stop loading machines with crapware, and concentrate on a few great models instead of a full line of dozens of mediocre offerings. This introduction is the same message, delivered with genuine emotion and the equivalent of a punch in the gut: “OEMs, please pay attention. This is how you build a PC.”
In the press release announcing the new tablets, Microsoft says, “OEMs will have cost and feature parity on Windows 8 and Windows RT.” But it’s safe to say that Steve Ballmer’s voicemail box is overflowing with colorful messages, delivered at full volume, by the heads of the OEMs who will have to compete with these new designs.
Microsoft kept this project secret, with not a single leak. One executive told me that the team working on Surface started its work three years ago, at the same time that development began on Windows 8. Using the trademark of an already-established product helped, as did a windowless lab protected by the kind of security normally reserved for government agencies with three-letter acronyms.
So how many other, similarly well kept secrets are in the pipeline?
The room full of reporters and analysts who watched the unveiling were generally approving and occasionally wowed by the spectacle. But the launch left many unanswered questions, a few genuine uncertainties, and a slight bit of disappointment.
How much will these gizmos cost? Microsoft isn’t talking details. The official line is relatively vague:
Suggested retail pricing will be announced closer to availability and is expected to be competitive with a comparable ARM tablet or Intel Ultrabook-class PC.
If one assumes that “comparable ARM tablet” means an iPad equipped with 32 or 64 GB of memory, then the equivalent Windows RT Surface models should cost $600 and $700, respectively. Of course, that price will presumably include the keyboard cover (available as extra-cost add-ons from Apple and third parties). It will also include Microsoft Office. (In my hands-on tests, I was able to try out the Microsoft Office 2013 apps on a Windows RT Surface.)
As for the Windows 8 Professional Surface, the current crop of Ultrabooks runs $999, give or take a couple hundred dollars. That is, not coincidentally, the starting price of a MacBook Air.
Of course, one could make the case that a single Surface device is actually two devices in one—a tablet and a keyboard-equipped notebook. If prospective buyers accept that proposition, then a “competitive” price will seem like a bargain.
When can you buy one? Put your credit card back in your wallet:
Surface for Windows RT will release with the general availability [GA] of Windows and the Windows 8 Pro model will be available about 90 days later. Both will be sold in the Microsoft Stores in the US and available through select online Microsoft Stores.
The smart money expects Windows 8 GA in October, which means a four-month wait for ARM-powered Surface tablets. And you’ll have to wait till early 2013 to get your hands on an Intel-powered Surface.
That’s disappointing. As I wrote yesterday, “Whatever Microsoft unveils tomorrow, I hope it’s not another big announcement of an exciting future product that won’t reach customers for 4-6 months or maybe even until next year.” Oops.
One possible reason for the long wait is competitive pressure. If other OEMs will be releasing their own devices to compete with Microsoft’s designs, it would be unsporting—and attract the attention of antitrust regulators—for Microsoft to beat them to market.
Detailed specs are sketchy. In the private demo area after the event, Joshua Topolsky of The Verge and I peppered Microsoft reps for details on specs like screen resolution, but we got no definitive answers. The press release says the Windows RT model has a “ClearType HD display,” while the Pro model has a “ClearType Full HD display.”
In his onstage introduction of the Pro model, Microsoft’s Mike Angiulo noted its “1080 resolution,” which would explain the “Full HD” label. Based on my inspection of the Windows RT version, I suspect it’s a 1366×768 device, which can handle 720p HD content.
Still, we shouldn’t need to ask for basic specs like this.
Battery life? No comment. It’s reasonable to expect that the two devices will be able to match Apple’s specs for the equivalent devices, but we won’t know until we can test shipping hardware.
This announcement was unprecedented both in its form and in its substance, and it will take some time to digest the impact of it all.
Will these new, unquestionably impressive designs put to rest the doubts that some critics have expressed about the Metro user experience?
Will consumers be confused by the differences between two similarly named devices with very different capabilities? A TV reporter I spoke with struggled with what should be a simple question: Do both these devices run Windows 8?
How will Android device makers react? The current crop of Android-powered tablets is incredibly weak compared to the iPad. The new Surface designs offer another point of comparison where Android falls far short.
How will Apple respond? Tim Cook’s dismissive remarks about Windows 8 tablets—“You can converge a toaster and a refrigerator…”—might ring a little hollow now that the real thing is available for comparison.
We’ll learn the answers to those questions over time. Meanwhile, I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these sleek new devices for more than 10 minutes.
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Friday, June 15, 2012

Macbook Pro Retina Display 2012 review by slashgear

Macbook Pro Retina Display review by slashgear:

http://www.slashgear.com/macbook-pro-with-retina-display-review-mid-2012-13233826/



Faced with one of the most news-packed WWDC keynotes so far, it takes a very special product to stand out but the MacBook Pro with Retina Display managed it. Apple’s collective interpretation of what a “next generation” pro-level notebook should be, the new model introduces the first design change in several iterations and marks the debut of Retina screen technology on a Mac. There’s no questioning the specifications, but with prices starting from $2,199 – a $400 premium over the regular MacBook Pro, which stays on sale alongside – is the MacBook Pro with Retina Display too rich for the market? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

Design

A little evolution, a little revolution. Apple has a track record of making significant design decisions, particularly when it comes to dropping “old” technology from its products or adopting new, and the reworked MacBook Pro with Retina Display is no different.
MacBoo Pro Retina Display and MacBook Air
At first glance, then, it’s familiar from the persistent design of the previous model (which stays on sale, of course, with updated Ivy Bridge processors and NVIDIA graphics). None of the Air’s wedge-like taper, with new Pro instead resembling a flattened version of before. Both base section and lid have been trimmed to get the thickness down to 0.71-inches, with some casualties along the way.

Most obvious of those is the optical drive. Just as Apple led the way in ditching the floppy drive from its desktops years ago, now the DVD burning SuperDrive has been relegated to external (and optional) peripheral. Priced at $79, it connects via USB and works with not only the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display but the MacBook Air and Mac mini. As design decisions go, it’s one not only do we think most will approve of, but that fits in perfectly with Apple’s growing emphasis on digital content delivery.
The other sacrifice is an ethernet port, now dropped in favor of a second Thunderbolt port. This leaves the new MacBook Pro reliant on wireless connectivity, unless you think ahead and bring the new $29.99 Thunderbolt to gigabit ethernet adapter. Expecting that to be included in the box is, perhaps, over-ambitious, even with a new flagship notebook, but it’s something we imagine most users Pro may find themselves needing at some point, and is a little tougher to stomach than the absent optical drive.
While it may look like a flatter Pro of old, Apple has in fact done some significant reworking to achieve the 4.46 pound notebook. Half of the ports – the two Thunderbolt, a USB 3.0 and the 3.5mm headphone socket, along with the redesigned MagSafe 2 connector – are on the left, while a second USB 3.0 along with HDMI and an SDXC card slot are on the right. Long-time Apple watchers will have noticed some unusual additions there, and indeed the MacBook Pro with Retina Display breaks some conventions.
HDMI is a welcome inclusion, as is the much-requested upgrade from USB 2.0 to USB 3.0 (Apple bucks convention and keeps its USB ports white, rather than the blue we’ve seen on PCs). Thunderbolt’s huge throughput and a growing number of adapter cables – not to mention native peripherals – means the two ports can turn their hand to many things, not least Mini DisplayPort, DVI, dual-link DVI and VGA, with a FireWire adapter due in July. It’s worth noting that, although there are potentially three display connections, the new MacBook Pro can only support two external monitors (at up to 2560 x 1600) plus its own Retina Display panel.
The MagSafe 2 connection – which, as in MacBooks from before, uses magnets to hold the power plug in place and thus shouldn’t drag your notebook off the desk if you stumble over the cord – has grown wider and flatter. It’s the only way Apple could accommodate it in the new design – the last-gen MacBook Air has the old style, but can fit it because of the blunter-edged wedge profile – which means if you want to use an existing power supply you’ll have to throw in a $10 adapter. Apple has also returned to its older cable style, with the cord sticking straight out of the plug.
It’s inside that the biggest changes have taken place. The new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is resolutely not intended to be opened up by the end-user, and Apple has used that disclaimer to squeeze in components with a focus on space-saving rather than subsequent accessibility. Much of what heft is left is battery, with the 95-watt-hour li-poly pack considerably larger than the 77.5 Wh of the previous-gen model. As in the MacBook Air, neither RAM nor SSD are user-upgradable, with the former soldered to the mainboard.
Cooling has become something of an obsession among Apple’s engineers, and the new MacBook Pro is evidence of a new strategy for both quiet and effective heat dissipation. Air is sucked in through the hinge section and then funneled through to gills on the sides of the notebook, driven by a newly-designed asymmetric fan with unevenly-spaced impeller blades. That unusual blade design, Apple says, helps to reduce the tonal impact when the fans are spinning.
In practice, it’s a different type of noise to before: not necessarily quieter, but less intrusive. You still hear the fan spool up when doing heavy-duty processing, such as video exports, and the base can become warm – though not hot – to the touch at those times, but it cools again quickly.
The large glass trackpad and black, backlit keyboard are as on the previous model, and just as easy to use: the former is silky-smooth and responsive, and the latter provides a good amount of travel and spring.

Specifications

Just as with the old-style MacBook Pro, the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display has Intel’s 3rd-gen Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors inside. There are two spec models, the entry level at $2,199 with a 2.3GHz quadcore (supporting up to 3.3GHz Turbo Boost and paired with 6MB of L3 cache) and a $2,799 version with a 2.6GHz quadcore (supporting up to 3.6GHz Turbo Boost and with 6MB of L3 cache). The latter can optionally be upgraded to a 2.7GHz quadcore (with 3.7GHz Turbo Boost and 8MB of L3 cache) for an extra $250.
Standard memory is 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L, with $200 doubling that to 16GB. It’s a decision you’ll have to make at point of purchase, too as Apple solders the RAM to the mainboard. The entry-level machine has 256GB of flash storage, and cannot be upgraded, while the more expensive model comes with 512GB by default and can be bumped to 768GB for an extra $500. Again, the nature of Apple’s hardware design means it’s an option that needs to be picked from the start. All in all, a fully-spec’d out new MacBook Pro with Retina Display – with the fastest chip, most memory and biggest SSD – comes to $3,749.
Apple has changed its graphics allegiances again, moving back to NVIDIA and outfitting all versions of the new MacBook Pro with the GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory. There’s also Intel HD Graphics 4000 with automatic switching between the two GPUs depending on graphical load.
Above the screen there’s a 720p-capable FaceTime HD webcam, while Apple has a new pair of custom speakers under the machined grills. Despite the space constraints, they sound surprisingly good; no subwoofer, but no bass weakness either, and they’re room-filling at maximum volume.
Meanwhile the dual microphone array uses beam forming to focus on the user speaking rather than ambient noise, and we could tell the difference on Skype calls in noisy environments. the system should also be a boon when dictation arrives with Mountain Lion next month. Finally, there’s both WiFi a/b/g/n with dual-band 2.4/5GHz, and Bluetooth 4.0.

Retina Display

Make no mistake, the Retina Display of the new MacBook Pro is the notebook’s pièce de résistance. Running at 2880 x 1800, it delivers four times the standard resolution of the previous Pro, and is finally capable of showing iOS developers a full-size preview of apps for the new iPad. Apple’s “Retina” branding refers to whether the human eye is capable of individually-distinguishable pixels at a typical user-distance, hence this 221ppi panel getting the label while not matching the 264ppi of the new iPad or 326ppi of the iPhone 4S, each of which are expected to be held closer to your face.
It’s not just core resolution that makes the screen special, though. Apple has used an IPS LCD panel with LED backlighting, which means broader than usual viewing angles – the quote is 178-degrees, and in practice we could sit off to the side of the new MacBook Pro and see graphics and text with no odd colors or other glitches – and some particularly inky blacks.
The redesigned lid section does away with the cover glass as well, which Apple says not only reduces thickness but helps cut out glare. It’s the same approach as we’ve seen on the MacBook Air, and according to Apple it’s good for a 75-percent reduction on the sort of reflections that can make using a previous-design Pro frustrating. In practice, while not entirely glare-free, there’s nonetheless a noticeable improvement.
MacBook Pro Retina Display
Combined, then, it’s the finest display on a notebook we’ve seen. Icons are so clean and crisp as to look printed; photos and video are beautifully engaging. Switch between the MacBook Pro with Retina Display and its regular predecessor and the difference is night and day: if the pixelated “crunchiness” of the iPad 2 screen became a frustration after you used a new iPad, then expect much the same response with the new MacBook Pro.
There is one issue, though it’s not necessarily one that Apple can directly address. Applications must support the Retina Display with suitably high-resolution graphics, and if they don’t it’s a recipe for visual disaster. Apple’s own Mail, Calendar, Address Book, Safari, iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, Aperture and Final Cut Pro are all Retina-optimized, but most third-party apps aren’t, and the difference between them is brutally obvious.
Apple uses a similar scaling-up system for non-Retina apps as on iOS, which means you get software that’s usable in terms of on-screen size (rather than tiny) but blurred and pixelated. It’s not only native software that suffers, but webpages in browsers other than Safari: FireFox and Chrome are distinctly underwhelming in how they render sites, with text and images each looking like they’ve had a run-in with a dot matrix printer.
Photoshop and AutoCAD were among the third-party titles name-checked as working on Retina updates during the WWDC keynote this week, and no doubt there are hundreds of others bringing their apps up to speed, but for the moment it’s a reminder that life on the cutting-edge comes with some usability compromises.

Performance and Software

Thin the new MacBook Pro may be, but that doesn’t mean Apple has compromised on performance. The new processor and graphics options present the biggest advantages over the MacBook Air, if you’re trying to balance raw power with portability, with no question that this is a capable desktop-replacement.
Our review unit, the 2.6GHz quadcore Core i7-3720QM with 8GB of RAM, scored 12,970 in Geekbench, a synthetic test of processor and memory performance. That’s more than 2,000 points more than the 2011 MacBook Pro running Intel’s 2.2GHz Core i7-2720QM Sandy Bridge chip.
MacBook Pro with Retina Display (mid-2012)
Benchmark Score - MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display)
SectionDescriptionScoreTotal Score
Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) - Mac OS X 10.7.4 (Build 11E2617)
IntegerProcessor integer performance1143012970
Floating PointProcessor floating point performance19119
MemoryMemory performance7212
StreamMemory bandwidth performance8360
MacBook Pro 15-inch (early 2011)
Benchmark Score - MacBookPro8,2
SectionDescriptionScoreTotal Score
Mac OS X x86 (64-bit) - Mac OS X 10.6.6 (Build 10J3210)
IntegerProcessor integer performance976810932
Floating PointProcessor floating point performance16836
MemoryMemory performance5468
StreamMemory bandwidth performance5276
We then turned to Cinebench, which benchmarks both processor and graphics performance with a mixture of 3D rendering and OpenGL tests. It provides a solid overview of how a system will handle intensive tasks such as video processing and gaming.
The new MacBook Pro scored 5.74 CPU points, putting it ahead of a last-gen 3.2GHz Core i7, and only really bested by eight- and twelve-core alternatives such as Intel’s workstation-focused Xeon (as you’d find in the Mac Pro). It managed 34.30fps in OpenGL testing.
In a disk speed test of the new flash storage, the Pro managed 306.6 MB/s write speeds and 448.0 MB/s read speeds. Finally, in Xbench the new notebook scored 490.43 points.
In practice, there proved little we could do to trip the new MacBook Pro up. Apps load with alacrity, on-screen and ready for action even before the icon has finished its bouncing, and playing back Full HD video – something you can do in a window at full resolution, given the pixels on offer – while simultaneously browsing and rendering video in iMovie didn’t see the notebook miss a beat.
Memory speed test
Xbench performance test
At launch – and for the next few weeks – the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display runs OS X Lion. However, buyers are guaranteed a free update to OS X Mountain Lion when it launches in July.

Battery

Despite a battery that’s 23-percent larger than before, Apple is quoting the same seven hour runtime estimate for the new MacBook Pro. That’s likely down to the extra power consumption of the Retina Display, but in our testing we still exceeded Apple’s predictions.
With brightness set to 50-percent, we were able to browse in Safari over a WiFi connection for almost 8 hours and 10 minutes. Obviously if you take advantage of the processor or graphics potential for gaming, multimedia editing or other system-intensive tasks that number will shrink dramatically, but conversely those with more humble needs such as word processing should find they can extend it even further by turning off the wireless.

Wrap-Up

It’s worth noting that Apple didn’t describe the new MacBook Pro as its “Retina Display” upgrade to the previous Pro: instead, it referred to the notebook the company’s best ideas for the next-generation of Pro. That’s because there’s more to it than all those extra pixels. Apple has polished, trimmed and pared away at its flagship to bring it resolutely up to date with the leading edge of the computer ecosystem.
While it may command a $400 premium over an entry level old-style MacBook Pro, that’s not quite a fair comparison. Spec-up a regular 15-inch Pro with 8GB of memory, a 256GB SSD and the highest resolution display possible (1680 x 1050) and you’re looking at $2,499: a full $300 more than the entry-level Retina Display version but still offering fewer pixels.
MacBook Pro Retina Display vs MacBook Air
A more likely question is new MacBook Pro or MacBook Air. The Air is undoubtedly more portable again than the new Pro, but it loses out on the Retina Display, the discrete GPU and the second Thunderbolt port. The new MacBook Pro also has more memory as standard, and faster processors. In short, if your primary use is browsing and document editing and you’re frequently carrying your notebook, the Air is a solid choice, but we’d still lean toward the Pro for its superlative screen.
That’s perhaps little surprise. In the end, though the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is more than just the sum of its screen, the inescapable truth is that any other notebook feels dreary and last-gen in comparison. Just as switching from Retina on a new iPad to another tablet feels like stepping back in time, so the new MacBook Pro’s  display feels like what computing really should be. Priced at the top end of the market it may be, but for multimedia professionals, developers and those that covet the cutting-edge, the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display is the new gold standard. [Visit Apple for details and videos]
MacBook Pro with retina display-Every Dimension-commercial
MacBook Pro with Retina Display Specs
System - MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display)
ManufacturerAppleProduct TypeNotebook
Operating SystemMac OS X 10.7.4 (Build 11E2617)
MotherboardApple Inc. Mac-C3EC7CD22292981F MacBookPro10,1
ProcessorIntel Core i7-3720QM
Processor IDGenuineIntel Family 6 Model 58 Stepping 9
Processor Frequency2.60 GHzProcessors1
Threads8Cores4
L1 Instruction Cache32.0 KBL1 Data Cache32.0 KB
L2 Cache256 KBL3 Cache6.00 MB
Memory8.00 GB 1600 MHz DDR3FSB100.0 MHz
BIOSApple Inc. MBP101.88Z.00EE.B00.1205101839

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