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Relative Expense of Retina Macbook Pro

Most of the reviews on the web note how much more expensive the new Retina Macbook Pro is relative to the newly-upgraded ‘standard’ MBPs. Thought I’d do a little comparison to see how things shake out when we look at equivalently configured machines, considering the entry-level Retina MBP as our baseline.

Caveat: It doesn’t seem necessarily reasonable to compare the two base models — they’re different machines (same processor, but different storage technologies/ capacities and different amounts of ram, etc). But to hell with it.

2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz

8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB (+$100)

256GB Solid State Drive (+$500)

SuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)

MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display (+$100)

Moshi Mini DP to HDMI Adapter with Audio Support (+$34.95)

Total Price: $2,533.95

Now, let’s adjust the Retina MBP into an equivalent configuration.

2.3GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz


256GB Flash Storage

Apple USB SuperDrive (+$79)

Backlit Keyboard (English) & User’s Guide

Apple Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (+$29)

Total Price: $2,307.00

Of course, this also isn’t really fair. The addition of the SSD on the standard MBP bumps the price up significantly and reduces the storage capacity from the default configuration.

Going in the other direction — increasing the “flash” capacity of the Retina MBP to 768GB on the higher end model to match the HDD capacity of the standard model (750GB) — adds a hefty $500, pushing the total cost upwards of $3400. In that case, the standard model comes out looking like the winner (but without a Retina display and solid state storage).

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