The retina has a display of 1800 verticle pixels so theres nothing in the market that can compare with it real estate wise.
This is misleading. The maximum desktop resolution is 1920x1200 and the default is set to 1440x900. There are plenty of 1080p laptops out there at 15.4" or larger.
The battery life upon research is also only a few minutes above 3 hours.
I've got a Macbook Pro Retina on my lap as I type this. The 7 hour figure is under optimal circumstances. Right now I have been on here for about an hour, and the battery bar say I have just under two hours left. Sure, if I wanted to drop my backlight to almost nothing, and not run any applications which use the CPU or GPU I could get close to what they claim, but that's hardly real-world usage.
9 Lbs is far to heavy to be carrying on anyones back, and a 17 inch display means he cant just pop it in his book bag, he would have to carry an extra bullky carrying case which would get really annoying after a while (I travel ALOT with my laptop and 5 lbs is honestly taking its toll on me).
AGREED! There are some 15.4" laptops with reasonable weight, but I commute daily on my motorcycle and back pressure was one of the reasons I went ahead and paid extra for a MBP. Don't get me wrong, I love my MBP, but if I was on a budget, it would definitely not be my first choice. While it has an insane max resolution, it doesn't come into play that often and to be honest I'm not blown away by the screen like everyone else seems to be. I had a clevo from xoticpc which had a fantastic 1080p screen which is definitely in the same category as the retina as far as impressive screens go.
For a budget of $1,500, there is no bang for your buck like a Clevo. Take a look at the 9150 or 9130 which you can configure to have the same CPU, same hard drive and 16GB of ram for just over $1,300. If you just want the same power as the MBP, you can have them for over $1000 less and still have a top-notch screen. Plus you still get a dvd drive ;)http://www.xoticpc.c...em1-p-4340.html
Edit: The other thing to keep in mind here is there is no
upgrading your MBP after purchase. Want a bigger hard drive? More ram? Too bad. These are trivial upgrades in most PC laptops and can mean a significant savings up front and allow you to upgrade to things like 512GB SSDs when they become more reasonably priced. I actually always purchase PC laptops without an SSD and buy and install my own to save $. The other interesting thing about the Clevo 9150 is that you can also upgrade the GPU which very few laptops will lets you do. Just some more things to keep in mind.
Edited by tstrimple, 04 July 2012 - 02:45 PM.