Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (15-inch)

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Though Apple quietly discontinued the 17-inch MacBook Pro this week, hardly a tear was shed. In fact, the company went out of its way to replace the ultra-premium tier with something even more covetous — namely, a 15-inch MacBook Pro with such a pixel-dense screen that the company put “Retina display” prominently in its name. Apple went even further, shrinking the body down to “as thin as Air” dimensions thanks to some clever industrial design and a few sacrifices along the way. And that’s...

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Basic Specs

Laptop type Mainstream
Thickness .71 inches
Weight 4.46 pounds
Operating system Mac OS X
Screen size (diagonal) 15.4 inches
CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Laptop type Mainstream
Width 14.13 inches
Depth 9.73 inches
Thickness .71 inches
Weight 4.46 pounds
Color Silver

Software

Operating system Mac OS X

Display (base)

Screen size (diagonal) 15.4 inches
Display surface Glossy
Technology IPS LCD
Backlight LED
Resolution (X) 2880 px
Resolution (Y) 1800 px
PPI 220

Keyboard

Type Chiclet
Backlit Yes
Number pad No

Mouse

Type(s) Trackpad
Multitouch Yes
Multitouch points 4

Processor (base)

CPU brand Intel
CPU family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3615QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.3 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.3 GHz

Processor (max)

Brand Intel
Family Ivy Bridge
Model Core i7-3820QM
Cores 4
Clockspeed 2.7 GHz
Turbo clockspeed 3.7 GHz

GPU (base)

Graphics type Switchable
Integrated GPU brand Intel
Integrated GPU model HD Graphics 4000
Base discrete GPU brand Nvidia
Discrete GPU model GeForce GT 650M
Dedicated VRAM size 1 GB

Memory

Base RAM size 8 GB
Max. config RAM size 16 GB
RAM type DDR3
Base RAM speed 1600 MHz

Storage

Options Flash Memory (SSD)
Base drive type Flash (SSD)
Base drive capacity 256 GB
Max. config SSD 768 GB
Card reader Yes
Card reader support SD

Audio

Speakers 2

Webcam

Video resolution 720p

Sensors

Ambient light Yes

Port options

USB 3.0 2
Thunderbolt 2
HDMI 1
3.5mm mic / headphone combo 1

Connectivity

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi options 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version 4.0

Battery

Size 95 Wh
Chemistry Lithium Polymer (Li-Po)
Removable No
Quoted time 7 hr

Benchmarks

GeekBench 13014

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by weftech (Currently owns)

    Thus far I have never been happer with any Mac laptop which I have owned. I used this laptop in college with the Full Adobe suit and gaming via steam in my free time and this machine does not disappoint. The speed of the Thunderbolt port (10Gbps) does not fail to impress as I can edit raw video footage on an external drive with Final Cut and there with no hesitation. Although the price it a bit steep every ounce of the MacBook Pro Rentia`s power is worth the cost.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by uncleho (Currently owns)

    I wasn't sure if I was going to use the Retina display enough to warrant the extra price. However, like the iPhone 4 and the new iPad, the Retina display makes a tremendous difference. Everything is clearer and sharper and colors just pop. The machine is fast, and I can't imagine using a lower quality display now.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Phouthon (Currently owns)

    I've been using it quite sometimes and there are many performance issues probably because of software optimization. Mainly performance issue is fluid and smoothness on some apps. Most of the time while I'm browsing web on Safari fluid and smoothness is really an issue. My primary is 1680x1050 like resolution. I guess it couldn't have been slightly better if I pick the native 1440x900 like resolution since I need more space for working I've to go with higher. Again software optimization isn't quite there yet.

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  • 9.0
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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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Mini4 (Currently owns)

    The computer's great, blaa blaa blaa. Instead of listing the obvious, I'll list the surprises I wasn't expecting with this computer.

    The Badies
    - The new Mag Safe design is like the older one, and isn't better for it. Yes it's thinner, but with it's flat shape it unplugs itself as soon as you lay the computer on an uneven surface like a bed.

    - Dead pixels. Three of them.

    - No one cares. Yeah, this may sound a bit pompous, but I was hoping someone would comment on my cool computer. Nope, not one word, or even a second glance. :(

    The Goodies
    - All the power. I'll have Windows running along side Dark Souls, Skype, and plenty of tabs in Chrome and hardly notice any sluggishness.

    - Remember those dead pixels? Apple replaced the screen for free. :)

    - It's a very solid gaming laptop. It out performs my Apple hater friends' computers, and that makes me feel happy.

    - Connection with my phone. I use iA Writer, Wunderlist, Hero Academy, and Messages on my iPhone and my Mac. They sync oddly well.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by bradlero (Currently owns)

    Without a doubt best computer I've ever owned. My first Mac and I haven't been let down once. The display is simply amazing. One problem is you cannot go back to a lower res display without noticing the difference. Anyone who has a "retina" iOS device will know the feeling. A little pricey but worth it.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Maziyar (Currently owns)

    I bought one a month after it was released. I've worked with all sort of computers (PC desktop, Windows Laptops, or even Mac Pro) and I do mostly developing, networking, and work a lot with VMware which it needs memory, processor, and fast storage as much as possible.

    I'm really happy with MBPR and it does all the things I want to do perfectly. Although it's expensive, gets hot very soon, and if you are windows-based person well it has Mac OS X, you will love spending money on this one and even stuck with mac os x and force to use VMware or BootCamp for using windows.

    Last word, only buy it if you really need to! no one likes spending money on something that doesn't have any use compare to its price.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by gpmoo7 (Previously owned)

    15" laptop are getting too big.
    High density display looks really good but don't bring more real estate.
    Most high-end 15" laptops have 1080p display with more real estate.
    For non-Mac users, the Mac keyboard and the Mac OS is something new that they have to learn.
    Memory is really expensive.
    Only 1 drive (other 15" laptops support up to 3 drives including 2 2.5" drive and 1 mStata drive).

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by josefran (Currently owns)

    This is by far one of he best laptops i've ever owned, its REALLY fast, but at the same time really portable and thin! The only drawback for me its the keyboard, although its really good I feel it lacks something that previous Mac Book Pro's had. The design it;s just outstanding, I cant stop staring at it.
    About the retina display, well, it has one big problem once you go retina in computers you cant go back! The biggest game changer here is reading text, before reading text in computers was not a nice activity, now its all different!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by gotschi (Currently owns)

    My Trackpad is having some issues after the first 4 weeks, but this is due to heavy and propably mis- usage (my old unibody had the same problem after a year...)
    Besides that and the Apple Support (who will give me a new device instantly for sure) this thing is screaming fast and portable at the same time. Best Laptop I've had so far.

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