Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (15-inch)

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Reviewed by Noah_Lach (Currently owns)

If you're willing to shell out money, the MacBook Pro With Retina Display is one of if not THE best all-around laptop that money can buy. Coming from a 2010 15" MacBook Pro, this machine is ridiculously thin. Trackpad is amazing and the keyboard is great quality, too (like we've come to expect from Apple laptops). The Retina display, is, of course, amazing. There isn't a single laptop out there with an equal screen. The laptop packs some pretty nice specs, too, and after using an SSD I don't think I'd ever go back. The only reason it loses a point is the graphics card. It's pretty beefy, but it's kind of lacking compared to the other specs and adding an extra GB of vRAM would have helped (especially because of the high resolution we're dealing with). The new thermal system is almost silent at idle, and when the fans are at full RPM it's definitely pretty noticeable, but better than the old MacBooks (and most PC laptops). It loses a couple of points here because certain parts of the laptop (I key and the metal strip below the screen) get pretty hot to the touch when the computer is boing pushed to the max. The battery life under normal usage is about 7 hours, too, which is great. Overall, this is an amazing machine and is worth if you have the money.

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