Best Case For Mac Pro Retina 13

Posted By admin On 15.02.22

By adding a high-res Retina Display to a new 13-inch MacBook Pro, Apple has taken the odd man out of its MacBook line -- the previous 13-inch Pro -- and turned it into a sleek, modern laptop sitting at the midway point between slim ultrabook and mainstream powerhouse.

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Prior to this, the $1,199 13-inch MacBook Air had become Apple's go-to for everyday consumers, while the recent 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Displaywas the $2,199 reach system for power users. Even though the standard 13-inch Pro (starting at $1,199) remains a strong seller for Apple, it has also become the most archaic-feeling Apple laptop, saddled with a low native screen resolution and a chunky (by contemporary ultrabook standards) body.

At a starting price of $1,699, the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is a big step up in price from Apple's other 13-inch laptops, but it also offers features they cannot. Like the 15-inch Retina Pro, this new model includes a high-resolution display -- at 2,560x1,600 pixels, it's the highest resolution you can get in a 13-inch laptop -- plus two Thunderbolt/DisplayPort outputs, and even HDMI.

This update is not as revolutionary as the 15-inch version, which really was something we had never seen before. But, it leapfrogs some recent Windows 8 ultrabook-style laptops that were giving the MacBook Air serious competition as the go-to premium laptop in that price range, such as the Acer Aspire S7 and the Dell XPS 12.

Is $1,699 too much to ask for a 13-inch laptop? I've recently seen some flagship Windows 8 laptop with similar prices. The aforementioned Acer Aspire S7 is $1,649, but that includes a low-voltage Core i7 and a 256GB SSD. The convertible Dell XPS 12, with a slightly smaller 12.5-inch screen, starts at $1,199, but our review unit of that system also traded up to a Core i7/256GB SSD combo for $1,699. Both of those laptops have 1,920x1,080-pixel displays, which is as high as you can get on a consumer Windows laptop, and both are touch-screen laptops, an area Apple has yet to get into.

Compared with those, the base model Retina 13-inch Pro has a Core i5 and 128GB SSD. The unit we're testing is actually the step-up model, which upgrades the storage space to 256GB, for a total of $1,999. Add a Core i7 processor to that, and it's $2,199 -- the same price as the 15-inch Retina Pro, with a Core i7, 256GB SSD, and discrete Nvidia graphics.

The takeaway? None of these superpremium laptops is inexpensive, and at $1,199, $1,699, or $2,199, you have several options depending on your need for storage space, screen size, CPU power, or graphics.

The main selling point of this system, the Retina Display, is something that presents itself much better in person than online. Like the 15-inch version, this won't actually look like you're seeing full 2,560x1,600-pixel resolution (or 2,880x,1800 pixels, in the case of the 15-inch), if you still think about screen resolution in the same way Windows laptops do.

Instead, Apple uses a different dot pitch for the screen, which makes the desktop appear to be operating at 1,280x800 pixels, just with a much finer grain to the image. You can pop into the System Preferences menu and change that to 'look like' 1,440x900 pixels or 1,680x1,050 pixels. The end result is a screen that's higher-res than a 1,920x1,080-pixel laptop, but appears to operate at a lower screen resolution, all while appearing crisper and sharper.

If all that sounds confusing, just know that you're unlikely to notice the difference between a Retina and non-Retina screen until you see them side by side. Then, it's definitely noticeable, but I've found it primarily of use in reading onscreen text more than anything else (the same was true for the Retina iPad versus previous non-Retina iPads).

Interestingly, the non-Retina 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops continue to exist, although it's hard to imagine anyone not needing an internal optical drive or huge HDD going to those as a first choice (a budget-driven choice, perhaps).

While we continue to test the new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, my initial impression is of a laptop following an inevitable evolutionary pathway, shedding size and weight, along with arguably legacy hardware, from optical drives, to platter hard drives, to Ethernet jacks (a point sure to be hotly disputed by those who still use those features every day).

I'd still call the 15-inch Retina Pro the best all-around MacBook in Apple's current roster, and the 13-inch Air the most practical for on-the-go lifestyles. That puts this model just behind those in the complex calculation of value, practicality, and features, but still miles ahead of most other 13-inch laptops.

Price as reviewed / starting price$1,999 / $1,699
Processor2.5GHz Intel Core i5
Memory8GB, 1,600MHz DDR3
Hard drive256GB SSD
ChipsetIntel HM77
GraphicsIntel HD 4000
Operating SystemOS X Lion 10.7.4
Dimensions (WD)12.4 x 8.6 inches
Height0.75 inches
Screen size (diagonal)13.3 inches
System weight / Weight with AC adapter3.6 / 4.1 pounds
Category13-inch

Design and features
The new Retina 13-inch MacBook Pro feels like neither a standard Pro, nor like a MacBook Air. Instead, like the 15-inch version from June 2012, it's caught somewhere in the middle. Thinner than a Pro, it also feels dense, leaning toward heavy, when you pick it up. It doesn't taper to a fine point the way a MacBook Air does, making it a bit harder to carry by hand comfortably.

I took the 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and lined it up next to a current-gen 13-inch MacBook Air. The results left me feeling that each design has its advantages, but there's still a big difference between the two.

While the new Retina MacBook Pro is not as thin and light as a MacBook Air, it actually has a slightly smaller footprint. The Retina Pro is 12.4 inches by 8.6 inches, whereas the 13-inch Air measures 12.8 inches by 8.9 inches.

I know plenty of people who lug around full-size 13-inch MacBook Pros to and from work everyday -- and a few who do the same with 15-inch models. Both camps would benefit greatly from the smaller Retina Pro. Some time ago, I decided to carry a 15-inch Retina Pro around with me every day for a week as a test. It ended up being much easier to travel with than I expected, so the 13-inch model could certainly be an everyday machine, although many ultrabooks (and the MacBook Air) clock in at around half a pound less. The keyboard and trackpad are the same as seen on the last several generations of MacBook, and they remain an industry standard. Other laptops have matched, but not surpassed, the backlit Apple keyboard, and the trackpad, with its multifinger gestures, remains the easiest to use in any laptop -- although Windows 8 is making a major play for improved touch-pad gestures.

On the 15-inch Retina Pro, the high-res display felt like a real hardware breakthrough. Since then, we haven't seen anything like it on any other laptop until now (although the same higher-res technology can be found in recent iPhone and iPad models). Adding it to this 13.3-inch model doesn't yield results that are quite as stunning, but even on this smaller scale, colors pop, images appear to have great depth, and text is much crisper than on any non-Retina laptop.

Apple says this screen has less glare than previous MacBook screens -- the glossy top layer still seemed to reflect plenty of light from nearby sources. The Retina Pro sticks with a 16:10 aspect ratio (the much more common 16:9 aspect ratio is only found in the 11-inch MacBook Air). It won't make a tremendous amount of difference, but there's something to be said for matching the aspect ratio of HD television content, for letterbox-bar-free viewing.

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch)Average for category [13-inch]
VideoHDMI, DisplayPort (X2, via Thunderbolt)HDMI or DisplayPort
AudioStereo speakers, headphone jackStereo speakers, headphone/microphone jacks
Data2 USB 3.0, 2 Thunderbolt, SD card reader2 USB 3.0, 1 USB 2.0, SD card reader
NetworkingEthernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, BluetoothEthernet, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, optional mobile broadband
Optical driveNoneDVD burner

Connections, performance, and battery life
The new MacBook Pro isn't going to satisfy every potential customer's connectivity needs. Ethernet, the optical drive, and FireWire are gone, but HDMI and a second Thunderbolt port (which also works as a DisplayPort out) have been added, just as on the 15-inch Retina Pro.

While Thunderbolt remains an underused connection, I did find it handy in the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro for hooking up multiple monitors easily, so having multiple ports of this type can be useful.

The default CPU in both the $1,699 and $1,999 configurations of the 13-inch Retina Pro is an Intel Core i5; the extra $300 only gets you a 256GB SSD versus a 128GB one. But that should be more than fast enough for even heavy multitaskers. In our CNET Labs benchmark tests, initial results show the new MacBook Pro performing on par with the 13-inch non-Retina Pro and 13-inch Air, which has a low-voltage Core i5. In all cases, the 15-inch Retina Pro, with a quad-core Core i7 CPU, was significantly faster.

Take a closer look at these top ten 13-inch MacBook Pro 2019 cases to select the right pair for it and style your notebook without compromising on protection.

One of the easiest ways I am able to retain the charm of my MacBook Pro is by picking up a good case for it. The cover not just keeps scrape at bay but also makes the notebook look cool. If you are after a worthy suit for your MBP, do give this brilliant collection of the best 13-inch MacBook Pro cases a quick glance. Most probably, the one you are looking for is waiting eagerly to pair up with your laptop!

Designed with the finest material, these cases fit gracefully on your notebook. Smooth finish further adorns their profile. Besides, many of them come in a variety of color options to ensure you never run out of options.

Best 13-inch MacBook Pro Cases in 2019

#1. KEC

KEC case is made to be highly protective. Whether you want to safeguard your notebook from minor falls or keep scratch away, this cover can live up to your expectation. What immensely helps its cause is the rubberized exterior.

The smooth surface provides the much-needed grip that doesn’t allow any slip-up. It allows Apple logo to glow through without any hindrance. Moreover, this attractive looking case comes in 19 vibrant colors so that you have no difficulty in choosing a perfect match for your laptop.

USP: Rubberized Exterior
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#2. Mosiso

Standing tall both on providing the needed safeguard and making a dashing pair with your MacBook, Mosiso is a smart pick. Made of hard PC material, the case is robust enough to resist impact. The soft-touch surface ensures you have the desired peace of mind while holding the case.

Apple logo continues to shine through even with this case on. The neat cutouts offer trouble-free access to all the ports. Besides, you have 30 fascinating color options to choose from.

USP: Soft-Touch Surface
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#3. ProCase

ProCase is a popular brand that manufactures high-quality cases for MacBook Pro. This case is extremely thin and lightweight to enhance the beauty of your 13-inch MacBook Pro. A downside of this case is that it doesn’t showcase Apple logo as this case lacks logo cut-out design.

This hard shell case adds style to your MacBook as well as protects the device from scrapes and scratches. You can quickly install and remove the case, which offers enough ventilation to disburse heat.

USP: Ultra-slim design
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#4. UESWILL

Bestowed with the ultra-sleek profile, UESWILL case settles perfectly on the notebook. Top quality plastic can endure minor impact. The soft-touch matte surface not just prevents slip up but also enhances its appearance.

It has vent slots that allow proper heat disbursement. The bottom of the case has an anti-skidding design that makes it stable. This slim case comes in 36 color options.

USP: Perfectly Vented
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#5. Runetz

Runetz brings a protective sleeve in seven vibrant colors. For your MacBook Pro, this is an ultimate protection from scratches, scuffs, and dents. This sleeve is made of high-quality neoprene material, which is engineered to give maximum protection for your laptop.

Runetz’s contemporary product line is multifunctional as it comes with a zipped smart pocket for easy organization and quick access to the charger, iPhone, and other accessories.

USP: Multi-functional sleeve
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#6. Inateck

If you want to offer more care and essential defense from regular wear and tear, Inateck sleeve case can be an excellent choice. While the top quality gray felt exterior can hold out the impact, the soft flannel interior is fully capable of absorbing shock.

The case has two back pockets to let you store small items like the smartphone, headphones, etc. Synthetic leather velcro closure ensures all of your valuables remain inside securely. This professional looking sleeve case is available in only two colors such as light and dark gray.

USP: Admirable Workmanship
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#7. i-Blason

i-Blason is famous for making rugged cases for the iPhone and iPad. But they also make the same for MacBooks. This case is for people that use their device roughly or at rough places. The case efficiently protects your MBP from scratches. Being rugged and heavy duty, it provides 360-degrees protection without compromising the looks.

You can flaunt the Apple Logo on the back through the case while also accessing all ports and functions easily. Lastly, there are two color options – Black, and White.

USP: Rugged and heavy duty design
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#8. LENTION

Both in terms of protecting your MacBook Pro and also retaining its elegance, “LENTION” seems to a nice pick. The cover is made of hard plastic and sports slightly transparent design. Thus, your notebook continues to showcase its profile even with the case on.

The inclusion of keyboard cover and port plugs provide it the extra protection from dust. Thanks to the black rubber feet, LENTION MacBook Pro case doesn’t slip on any surface. What’s more, this form-fitting cover also comes in some attractive hues including frost pink, wine red and more.

Best Sleeve Case For Macbook Pro Retina 13

USP: Impressive form-fitting design
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#9. TOP CASE

The glowing profile of TOP CASE doesn’t have to work too hard to catch your eyes. Form-fitting structure not just safeguards your notebook from abrasion but also allows easy access to all the functions. The exterior being solid, an impact is not able to harm your laptop. Rubber feet on the bottom play a major role in keeping the notebook intact. It’s immaculately vented for safe heat dissipation.

USP: Form-Fitting Structure
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#10. Lacdo

Lacdo presents a water-repellent and moisture-proof case for your 13-inch MacBook Pro. This case is made of waterproof canvas fabric, which prevents water and vapor efficiently. You don’t need to bother about your laptop getting web from splashes of water or raindrops.

Check the front pocket of this sleeve. You can store your iPhone, iPad, charger, cables, memory cards, external hard drive, mouse, and other accessories in the pocket. Slide your laptop from the top and shut the sleeve with a smooth zipper; your MacBook Pro is secure inside.

USP: Spacious front pocket
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Which one have you chosen for your notebook?

It’s time to let us know your feedback about these cases and the qualities you have liked in them. If one of your favorite cases is missing from this list, do let us know that in the comments below.

To me, it’s the latest design and form-fitting profile that are the main highlights of these cases. Besides, they are very durable and provide the needed care to your laptop.

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