Apple® - MacBook Pro® with Retina Display - 15.4" Display - 16GB Memory - 512GB Flash Storage
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- Energy Star CompatibleNo
- Processor BrandIntel®
- Battery TypeLithium-polymer
- Type of Memory (RAM)DDR3
- Operating System PlatformMac
- Backlit KeyboardYes
Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 252 reviews(252 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
I love the speed this baby has!!!!|Posted .
I would recommend this to anyone who ask and I told all my family and friends how good this isI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
An Excellent Macbook but an Average Laptop|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Most folks looking at this particular model have most likely done a lot of homework. I would even guess that most folks looking at this model are repeat Macbook buyers and that this unit will be the newest iteration in a long line of Macbook Pros. Or at least that is the position I was in when I purchased this model. That said, the product description and various online sources have tons of information on the specs of this model so I won't cover any of that in my review and instead I will focus simply on the performance and the "ownership experience". To lead off this Macbook has the new 15" Retina display, which is something you simply must see in person to appreciate. Running at a native 2880×1800 resolution this display has such a high DPI that you almost need to press your nose against it to see the pixel edges. This makes type look liquid smooth from normal viewing distances as well as giving photos and videos more real estate. Early on a lot of apps and websites were not very "retina friendly" and seeing jagged images and poorly optimized items was not uncommon, but most of those have been addressed to date. Staying on the display for a moment I feel the need to address the GPU (Video hardware) for a second. While the Retina display is a thing of beauty to view it is my opinion that all of the new Retina Macbooks are very under-powered from a GPU standpoint. They have enough grunt to push the display at native resolution doing normal tasks, but anything remotely taxing will bring the GPU to it's knees at the native resolution. Which means if you are a "gamer" or someone who requires a good deal of video performance these Retina models may not be for you. While they outkick their coverage with RAM, processor power and SSD performance the weak link in the chain is the GPU. If you drop back your resolution you can still play most modern games relatively well... but the glory of these models is the Retina display, and having to hamstring your resolution to keep a smooth framerate kind of wastes all that potential. But at the end of the day these machines are not for hard core game players. The second aspect I want to touch on that folks looking at this model will most likely be the most interested in is the 16GB of RAM and the 512GB SSD drive, both of which are unique to this model. The ample RAM ensures that you will rarely run out of memory when using intensive apps like photoshop or final cut. And the 512GB SSD hard drive has much improved throughput speeds compared to the older Apple SSD models. Disk access is rapid and apps launch nearly instantly. 512GB is enough for a business professional or casual user but you will seriously want to consider a thunderbolt external hard drive if you plan to store music, movies or other space eating files. I myself split my main drive into two equal partitions of 256GB each to allow for a boot camp dual boot. Speaking of boot camp, I expect that most folks looking at this model are planning on a dual boot for business compatibility with windows. I have my system dual booting between OSX and Windows 8 64Bit. I know some of the cult of mac will consider this a sacrilege, but Windows 8 on this machine is silky smooth, extremely fast to boot and operate and with the boot camp drivers installed has 100% compatibility function with all the machine's accessories. A word of note with boot camp Windows with the Retina models is that Windows is not as optimized for the Retina display as OSX is, so expect some fiddling with resolutions, text display and icon sizes to get it set up in a way that you are comfortable using. It's not so bad in Windows 8 but in 7 things get a little... small... without some tweaking. At this point I feel the need to mention this unit's heat concerns. The primary heat vent for this unit sits in the hinge area where the monitor lid meets the body. When you get this model wound up and under a good load it begins to dump heat out of this opening like a sailor bailing out a sinking boat. This causes the metal body of the macbook just above the keyboard to become very hot to the touch. This heat radiates down into the top rows of the keyboard as well. So be aware that when this guy is cranking full tilt he will become quite the oven and having it sitting on your lap when this happens is definitely not recommended. The last thing I want to touch on with this model is it's price point... which, let's face it, is crazy banjo kazooie nuts. There are all the obvious strawmen to trot out at this point. "Think of how many cheaper computers you could buy with that money!"... "Does it make my bed and walk the dog for me as well?"... etc. etc. etc. To be blunt, I believe most folks who are seriously considering buying this machine are well aware of the price point, understand -why- for the most part it costs so much relative to other models and most are willing to spend the money. Honestly if you are price sensitive this model might not be for you. But for the money you get the king of the mountain, the grand poobah of the water buffalo lodge that has the most RAM, the best processor and the largest SSD hard drive of all the current macbook models. And to be blunt that is what you are paying for. If you don't need all that RAM, the extra 256GB of SSD space or the modest bump in processor power you could stick with the next model down and probably never notice the difference. But if you are planning to do a lot of video or picture editing in final cut or photoshop, if you are constantly on the move and need as much on board storage as possible or if you do a ton of multitasking and really need every tenth of a gigahertz you can get out of the processor then this is the best macbook you can get at the moment. Something to consider when buying this generation of macbook retina is that these are "sealed units" with all their guts soldered into their motherboards. In other words you cannot upgrade them post purchase. It used to be that you'd buy a macbook and put more RAM in it and a larger hard drive later on at a lower cost, but you can no longer do that with these new models. What you buy is what you are stuck with for the life of the machine... so that alone convinces a lot of people to buy one step up from the model they were originally looking at just as an extra level of futureproofing. So with all that said, I still like this model. It has been a good fit for me and my needs but it may be overkill for others. Some folks may be wondering why I only gave it four stars instead of five. My primary reason is the GPU performance. Everything else on this top of the line machine is excellent and has headroom to spare, but the GPU is so completely hamstrung by the Retina display and it's ridiculously high native resolution. But for most folks they would probably never hit that limitation under normal office or home use. My secondary reason for giving only four stars is the heat issue. Again folks who don't push this machine to the redline may never encounter this issue but when this machine heats up, it can be a real toaster along that vent. So in closing I still believe that most people who are seriously considering this model already know what they are getting into. And to those folks I hope the items I pointed out help you decide if this machine will be adequate for your needs.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Most amazing computer I have ever owned.|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
I have never owned a computer that can do what this one can. This is my first Mac but it was very easy to adjust to Apple's OS X. It is extremely user friendly. Also, I can run so many programs and apps without any slowdown in performance. It is simply so easy to use. The battery life is something I have never seen on a computer with as much high tech hardware running on it and can often exceed the seven hours it is supposed to be capable of. Connecting to wireless devices is so simple. If you have an iPhone or any other Apple product they seamlessly interact perfectly. The Retina Display is something I have never seen before. I have tried to find a pixel on the screen and even though I have good vision I cant find one. HD pictures and movies look simply amazing. When using on the go on my lap I rarely even notice any warmth from my MacBook Pro and you will probably never hear the fans running because of Apple's unique engineering of the cooling fans. From the 2.7GHz Intel quad core i7 to the 16GB of DDR3 RAM to the 512MB of system graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce 650M with one GB of graphics memory and the 512GB Solid State Hard Drive this computer processes any kind of command you put through it in a flash. On top of all that the FaceTime HD camera has an awesome resolution for a built in webcam. The backlit keyboard makes typing in dark lighting very easy. When listening to music on iTunes I have never heard another laptop produce such great audio quality in such a small and lightweight computer. And on top of all the computing abilities this machine has is used very little power and is so lightweight and small! My MacBook Pro is simply a spectacular computer and I will never ever return to a windows based computer, even if you don't want a machine with all the gadgets mine has a MacBook Pro is a computer I believe anyone would fall in love with and never buy anything other than a Mac. I feel lucky to have this computer.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This is a great laptop!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
This is a replacement MacBook Pro.....other one developed some issues over 5+ years. I do a lot of photography, I shoot RAW with a 21mp camera and the file sizes are huge. This computer has 16gb RAM and it handles the huge image file sizes great in post-processing! If you are a professional, semi or very experienced hobbyist, the Retina display is gorgeous. I use Lightroom, Photoshop CS6, Nik Silver Effects Pro and OnOne Perfect Photo Suite. They all run very fast. This is a pretty big upgrade over my last MacBook (and I loved that one!). It seems my internet may be faster too. If you're new to MacBooks these guys are pretty intuitive. I resisted Apple for years. Since my first iMac I haven't looked back. If you have an older MacBook Pro (5 years or more), and can afford a new one......take the plunge! BTW, it powers up in about 5 seconds and shuts down in about 3. A great purchase!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Top of the line|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
Its not cheap but you get your moneys worth. Computer boots and runs extremely fast. The display is second to none and the OS is rock solid. Battery life is very good but I still wish the battery were removable. The computer is very thin and light but it is solidly built. I still wish they included an optical drive with the unit even if it was external but its not a deal breaker. The models below this perform good but if you want the best you won't be sorry!
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Amazing High Performance Machine!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
The best hardware and latest technology in computing make for a fun and streamlined computing experience. This thing is hands down the best computer I've ever owned. Because businesses I've worked with have required it, I've been trapped in WIndows hell for 20 years and now have the freedom to go back to Apple. I'm in a very happy place. I use the computer for recording on Pro Tools, Logic, and Studio One. Windows (every version through 8) constantly crashes, freezes, or other issues like audio drop out have plagued me for years in Windows. Now it works as it all should. Very smoothly. I suppose one of the best feelings about it is security in knowing what you are using actually works. Gone are the occassional HOURS and DAYS spent troubleshooting some software glitch. Macs just work...and they work right. 512MB SSD is super fast and with 16GB of RAM, well what can you say? ZOOOOOM ZOOM! The Retina display is second to NONE. Content never looked so good.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This computer is like the Ferrari of laptops!|Posted .I would recommend this to a friend
After a good six months of research I decided on this computer. I was going to stay with a PC as I have been with Microsoft since Windows 3.1 but decided on Apple for two reasons. Firstly, if I stayed with Windows I would have had to endure a long learning process jumping to Windows 8, so it seemed like now was the time to jump to Apple, since I would have had to learn a new operating system anyway. And my second reason was that since I was going to use this computer as the heart of a music composition workstation, it made sense to go with a computer that musicians have been using all along. I also thought I'd take a risk on Steve Jobs legacy and see what all the hype is/was about. Sp far, so good.
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Another Home Run from ApplePosted .I would recommend this to a friend
I bought a MBP 13" in June of 2011 it came with a I-7 and 4Gb. the only thing that I change on it is that I install two 4Gb sticks. It made a world of difference. Since then the 13" MBP has perform in the same way as the day I bought it. In the meantime we have had a revolving door of windows laptops in total 8 of them. with the end result that we gave away 4, 3 of them flat out stop working and we have one that is 2 months old just in case we need to run a program that would not play well with the apple os system. Now that I have learn my lesson. I decided to start spending my money wisely, so went to BB with the intention of buying a open box MBA 13" or a MBP 15". So they had a 15" MBP with the retina display, it was the one with the 256Gb. I was extremely happy with the price and laptop.But two days after I get it home I clean the screen and discover two dead pixels at first I thought I could live with it but when I put a movie on you could see the light out of the pixels on any dark scene. So back to the Dublin store I went and with great help I ended up with this model, I got it for the price of an open box because the other model was discontinue and is not available anymore. What can I say tremendous technology advance, the body is first class rate and the screen is the best in the market. I have the privilege of comparing the regular screen of my wonderful MBP with the awe striking of the new retina display. This new laptop has two GPU's a dedicated one plus an incredible 512 Gb SSD. It is the best that money can buy. In summary I inform my family that we will be buying MacBooks from now on. One last thing I wage the product in deciding if the extended warranty is worth it, in the case of a Macbook pro that is the top of the line you should invest in it. I surely did it's a piece of mind that protects your laptop. So invest your money instead of spending it.