Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display (15-inch)

Verge Review

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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  • 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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Thewisedriver (Currently owns)

    Well this is my first Mac and after working with it for a few weeks I'm still very pleased with its performance. I purchased this machine (2.6 ghz , 8gb ram , and a 512gb ssd) for school work and video and photo editing that i do in my spare time this machine handles photo editing in aperture and video editing in final cut like a pro even better than the new iMacs my school has for in the video department. I would highly recommend this machine to any one looking for a good high power laptop.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by lhall1654 (Currently owns)

    This has to be the best laptop that I have owed and I have been using Macs for some years now. The only flaw and what held this from a perfect 10 is the image retention in the LG screens that Apple refuses to acknowledge is a problem.
    I just hope they fix that soon.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by iFloridaAllStar (Currently owns)

    When I first picked this bad boy up, I immediately fell in love. By looking at in and comparing the size to the other MBP's I didn't think it would be this difference of weight and size. The sheer fact of being able to make a 15" computer this light and this durable is amazing. The display or goodness the display is second to none, and it's better than the iPad 3 display. The speed for what I do is great, I don't really do any gaming so, that aspect of this review is ommitted. Cutting this review short because I have to get back to work but, it's the best damn computer ever.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by TMontana1 (Currently owns)

    Just picked one up for grad school. I know you might be thinking that this laptop is a bit much for grad school. I had intended to get an Air because I wanted something portable and running OSX but when I customized the Air to make it fairly future proof (8gigs of RAM, min. of 256 SSD and an i7) I was getting close to the price range of this machine anyways. I'll start with things that I don't like about it. First is what it is missing. Two minor things that I loved about my previous pro was the button on the left that showed the batt. life when the laptop was shut and the LED indicator that flashed when in sleep mode are gone. Neither of these are deal breakers but at the same time were very nice to have. A slightly bigger omission is the kensignton lock slot. I would compulsively lock my other macbook pro when I left the house and it was nearly half the price, now I must find clever hiding spots to put my mind at ease. My last complaint is that it does creak just slightly when lifted from one side, sometimes and a very light creak. It still feels like a very solid machine but this is noticeable when compared to the rock solid feel of previous pros. Now on to the good (there is plenty). The display. It doesn't really even need too much description.... it's just amazing. I will say that you can definitely tell when something is not optimized, though. This occurrence should decrease with time. Keyboard feels great ( I don't mind that it is kinda shallow) and the trackpad is like any other Macbook Pro, unrivaled from my experience. Performance is nearly instantaneous in casual computing and when editing 1080 content in iMovie it is impressively fast, I haven't ran any games on it because, well, it is ridiculous to game on a laptop. That said I haven't heard any fan noise whatsoever and haven't felt the slightest amount of heat from it. My old pro would get really hot when streaming video. I have been streaming alot of video and putting it to my TV through airplay and it hasn't even gotten slightly warm. Battery life is typical MacBook Pro good and OSX is great but that is subjective and by subjective I mean for people who love rock solid OS's. I'd give it a 9.3 but my only options are 9 or 10 so I rounded. If you have the money you will not be disappointed, I feel that this machine will be a great companion for many, many years.

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