MacBook With Retina Display: Review

MacBook With Retina Display: Review

Firstly, what exactly is a Retina display? And what makes a Retina display so good? Both good questions which we shall answer for you here.

Retina display

Apple like to give snappy names to their products and parts of their products. It makes them seem cool and contemporary and the Retina display is a good example of this. Retina seems to be a non-specific term which Apple can apply to any of its products should it wish. That doesn’t really explain anything, I know, but there are seemingly now exact parameters for use of the name.

The iPhone 4 was the first Apple product to have a Retina display and it was said that it was because it had so many pixels packed together so closely that the human eye couldn’t perceive it from a foot away. Impressive. And with 300 pixels per inch it was certainly an excellently high quality display.

Several other products have followed with Retina displays, but not all of them have had 300 pixels per inch. Some have had more and some have had fewer. This can be explained by the perception with different screen sizes and at what distance pixels can be seen by the naked eye.

So while vague, the Apple Retina display is a pretty damn good one. It’s the kind of display many other manufacturers might just simply label HD.

Retina HD

The next progression was to make the resolution even better. But how can you make an HD version of something that’s already HD? It sounds impossible, but if anyone could pull it off it was Apple. In fact, 750 pixels was standard on the iPhone 6 and then 1080 on the 6 Plus meant that HD had moved to a whole new level.

MacBook with Retina

So, what does a Retina display mean on a MacBook? Well generally the distance you sit from a laptop screen is further than that which you will hold a mobile phone from your face. This means that the whole imperceptible pixels at a foot away mantra is totally negated. While this is very true there is a very noticeable difference between Retina and non-Retina displays from any distance. The Retina is far clearer than its non-Retina counterpart. It is after all HD or the HD of HD so it must be better.

So, the screen is good, but what about the rest of the machine?

Well, it’s pretty lightweight at just over 1.5kg and at just 18mm thick it’s slimline too – great for taking with you on a journey and can easily be used on the small drop down tables of a plane or train. It has in built stereo speakers with a clear, crisp sound that make it better than many of its contemporaries. The picture and sound quality make this MacBook ideal for watching movies.

Sounds great already, but there is one absolute killer feature on this MacBook. The mousepad is revolutionary. It’s actually a Force Touch trackpad, to give it its proper name. The standard click mechanism has been superseded by four sensors and an electromagnet meaning that in theory you can click anywhere on the pad. The strength of your “click” can also give different options in some places too, such as increasing video playback speed. This new trackpad feature is reason enough to buy one of these.


If you want something light, slim and portable that has a long battery life then you need look no further. It’s the best MacBook Apple have ever made and it certainly ranks in or just outside of the top 1 of best laptops currently available.