By Louis Ramirez, dealnews Senior Feature Writer After months of rumors, Apple has finally given its MacBook Pro line a fresh coat of paint. However, at Monday's press conference, two distinct laptops were branded with the "Pro" name. One, the original MacBook Pro, features all the standard hardware upgrades and specs. The other, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, is a hybrid, blending elements from the MacBook Air and original MacBook Pro. It also crams more pixels in its 15.4" screen than any laptop in the world. Here's how both machines stack up side-by-side: MacBook Pro 15" 2012 MacBook Pro 15" w/ Retina Display Starting Price* $1,799 $2,199 Processor 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB L3 cache 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge (Turbo Boost up to 3.3GHz) with 6MB shared L3 cache Display 15.4" LED-backlit 1440x900 15.4" LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2880x1800 Graphics Intel HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 512MB GDDR5 Intel HD Graphics 4000 NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 RAM 4GB 1600MHz DDR3 8GB of 1600MHz DDR3L Storage 500GB HDD (5400 rpm) 256GB SSD Weight 5.6 lbs. 4.4 lbs. Mac OS X Lion (10.7) Lion (10.7) Other features Optical drive, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire 800, two USB 3.0 ports, Thunderbolt, SDXC card slot, 802.11n, backlit keyboard, 720p FaceTime camera, MagSafe Bluetooth 4.0, two USB 3.0 ports, two Thunderbolt ports, SDXC card slot, HDMI, 802.11n, backlit keyboard, 720p FaceTime camera, MagSafe 2 Rated Battery up to 7 hours up to 7 hours, 30 days standby *Manufacturer price New Screen, New Design, New Connections At $2,199, the MacBook Pro is an expensive machine. However, it's a laptop of many firsts. It's Apple's first laptop to sport a 2880x1800 resolution, first to feature a full-size HDMI port, and first "Pro" machine to ditch the optical drive. It's essentially the future of the MacBook Pro line. Powering this new machine is none other than Intel's latest Core i7 quad-core Ivy Bridge processor coupled with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB SSD, and an NVIDIA Kepler GeForce GT 650M 1GB video card. Yet despite the high-octane components, the MacBook Pro with Retina Display still manages to be the thinnest (0.71" thick) and lightest (4.4 lbs.) MacBook Pro ever. Needless to say, this laptop doesn't miss a beat. It's an extreme machine for customers with extreme budgets. But Should You Splurge, or Save on the Original? Despite the advanced features on the Retina model, the $1,799 MacBook Pro is by no means a has-been. It packs the same Ivy Bridge CPU and NVIDIA graphics card as its pricier sibling (albeit with a pared down 512MB GT 650M). But hardware geeks might be disappointed to learn that it uses the same 1440x900 screen as the previous generation and it still features a 500GB (5400 rpm) hard drive. So does that make the MacBook Pro with Retina Display the new go-to workhorse for Apple fans? Or is $2,199 too high a bid for your computing needs? Sound off below and let us know your thoughts. And remember, whether you decide on the original MacBook Pro or the new Retina model, be sure to shop carefully for a deal from a reseller. Front page photo credit: Pocket-lint Is the MacBook Pro with Retina worth the money? An avid gadget lover, Louis Ramirez has covered technology for Gizmodo, CNET, Laptop, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @LouisRamirez. Follow @dealnewsfeature on Twitter for the latest roundups, price trend info, and stories. You can also sign up for an email alert for all dealnews features.