What Else Costs as Much as a Retina Display MacBook Pro?
by Sean Captain, TechNewsDaily Managing Editor
June 11 2012 04:26 PM ET
Despite pretty much knowing that it was coming, the world may still be impressed by the super-thin 15.4-inch MacBook Pro, especially with its improbably high-definition (2880- by 1800-pixel) resolution display.
For perspective, you could watch four high-definition movies (at 720p HD) on the same screen. (Of course, why would you want to? Perhaps if you were a video editor working on multiple clips at the same time.)
And there's the big question: Can you really use all this tech?
Let's say you do take the $2,199 plunge. So what will you be giving up? This list shows what else you could get for about the same price.
A 10-day trip to Barcelona, with direct airfare from New York City and lodging at the five-star Le Meridien Barcelona hotel (includes all taxes and fees).
A Samsung 55-inch LED 6100 Series Smart TV, 1.8 inches thick at its widest part, with 1080p resolution, Wi-Fi, Smart TV apps for online video (among other things).
Canon EOS 7D, 18-megapixel professional-grade camera with 28-135mm, image-stabilized zoom lens.
MONTH IN MANHATTAN: $2,200
One month's rent for a prewar one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side with hardwood floors, skylight and fireplace.
Whirlpool 30-cubic-foot side-by-side-style refrigerator with "Tap Touch" controls, in choice of black, white, stainless steel or monochromatic stainless steel finish.
WASHER-DRYER COMBO: $2,148
Whirlpool 3.8-cubic-foot Duet steam front-load washer and Duet High Efficiency electric dryer with "Eco Normal" cycle.
PAIR OF HANDBAGS: $1,150 each
Jimmy Choo "Cayla" glitter fabric evening clutch bag, champagne color.
Two-door 1999 Ford Mustang coupe, 3.8-liter V6 engine, red exterior, gray interior, 166,003 miles.
ANOTHER MACBOOK AND FLIGHT TO VEGAS: $2,192
15-inch MacBook Pro 2.3-GHz without Retina Display but most other specs equivalent ($1,799), plus a round-trip flight from New York City to Las Vegas, with layover ($393).