David Pierce Reviews The New 2013 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro

The 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display is probably the best all-around laptop on the market. It checks every box, from “portable enough” to “insanely powerful” to “beautiful trackpad” to “reasonably priced for its market.” At $1,999 it’s a mile from cheap, but compared to other laptops with its capability that price tag isn’t so bad. This is the most versatile laptop I’ve used, one of only a couple that’s at home in any situation, simple or complex, personal or professional.

That’s not to say this is the computer everyone should buy — most people don’t need anywhere close to this much power, and would be better served by a cheaper, lighter MacBook Air, or a powerful-but-smaller device like the Toshiba Kirabook. I hope Apple follows its iPad strategy next time, and slims this high-end machine down while bringing its gorgeous display and horsepower to the cheaper, smaller model. (A 13-inch MacBook Air with Retina display would be awfully close to perfect.)

This is a 15-inch laptop that can do everything. If you don’t want to do everything, buy something else — there are plenty of good, cheaper, lighter, smaller laptops out there, including a handful made by Apple.

But just know this: my back may hurt a little more than yours, and my wallet might be a little lighter, but I played Portal 2 on the subway last night. It was awesome.

I wish I waited a year.