Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (15-inch)

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Reviewed by freetab (Currently owns)

I recently replaced an old 2010 13" MacBook Pro with the base model rMBP. Overall, I am highly impressed with the whole package. The design is one of the best I've ever seen on a notebook. It's extremely thin, light, and enjoyable to use. The performance of this machine has absolutely blown me away. I can run Skyrim on ultra settings and still get a consistent 50+ fps. At maxed resolution, it needs to be lowered to around medium to achieve the same performance. The display on this thing is just fantastic. It honestly looks like a printed page. Somehow with all of this, there is still an average of 7.5 hours of battery life.
Of course with any product, there are issues. First off, it is extremely expensive. While it is well worth it, the paltry 256 gb SSD is just too small for the baseline and it would be nice to see 16 gb RAM standard. When using certain applications or viewing some websites, the content displays pixelated due to low resolution images. While it has gotten better over the past year, it is still not universally seen. When doing intensive tasks, such as playing games, the notebook does get extremely hot to the touch, making certain parts of the computer too hot to touch. The fans are also an issue as they are quite loud when they are on full blast, although they are not heard at all during normal operation. It would also be nice to see more USB ports as 2 are very hard to work with. The lack of an ethernet port and CD drive do not bother me at all, mainly because I almost never used them.
Overall, I am very impressed with this notebook. It has blown me away with its stunning capabilities, but Apple will need to offer a better bang for the buck in the future.

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  • Heat / noise 7
  • Battery life 9
  • Software 10
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