Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-)
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Review: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display
1 week ago
Excerpt: last summer, we could barely believe our eyes. It was the first time a display with such a high pixel density made its way onto a consumer notebook. It wasn’t just empty eye candy either. The notebook as a whole was a stellar piece of engineering: In addition to its rich 2880×1800 pixel display, it also included a powerful quad-core i7 processor and four-plus hour battery life under duress. And the whole thing was packed into a slimmer frame than its predecessor.
Pros: Extremely sharp 2560x1600 resolution display (2880x1800, for the 15-inch model) is pure eye candy. Excellent springy keyboard and trackpad. Super snappy, powerful processor, with integrated graphics. Nearly all-day battery performance.
Cons: Price -- upgrades, add-ons, and accessories can still up the base cost by nearly $1,000. Sealed unibody design is virtually impossible to upgrade yourself once you've purchased the device.
Late-2013 15-Inch Retina MacBook Pro Review: Apple’s High-Performance Notebook Tops The Field
7 August 2014
Conclusion: This year’s Retina MacBook Pro packs some great new hardware features that were absent on the first-gen device, including Thunderbolt 2 (20 Gbps maximum throughout vs. 10 for the original) and 802.11ac Wi-Fi networking. Both are nice features, but mostly forward-looking, so if you’re not dissatisfied with your current Retina MacBook Pro I’d wait a cycle for the next upgrade, when 802.11ac will be more commonplace, and some peripherals will be able to take advantage of...
Pros: Screen is best-in-class, Thin and light design despite ample power, Now includes iWork apps for free, $200 price cut versus previous entry-level version
Cons: Still pretty beefy compared to Air and 13-inch Retina Pro, Battery life now on the low end of MacBook spectrum
Conclusion: So yes, the 2013 MacBook Pro with Retina Display isn't a must-buy if you own last year's model. But it's still the best all-around laptop we've ever tested. And if you're anxious for something truly new and innovative from Apple, you still have December's tiny but powerful Mac Pro desktop to look forward to.
Pros: Stellar battery life for a system this size, Speedy CPU and SSD performance, World-class screen and keyboard, Lower starting price than last year's model
Cons: Same weight and thickness as last year's model, Faster Thunderbolt 2 ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi won't benefit most users, Would-be full-resolution gamers may have to step up to the pricier $2,599 config
Retina, round two: Apple’s 15-inch 2013 Retina MacBook Pro reviewed
26 October 2013
Conclusion: A Retina Mac is just more pleasant to use now than it was a year ago. The importance of Retina-optimized third-party applications can't be overstated here, because without them you end up with an operating system that actually looks worse than it would if you were just running it on any old non-Retina display.
Pros: Fast, quad-core Haswell CPU., Great construction, great keyboard, and the only trackpad we prefer to a mouse., Excellent screen that looks even better now that many apps support it., Good battery life (and for some tasks, great battery life)., A nice mix of smaller upgrades, including PCIe SSDs, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and Thunderbolt 2., Lower, albeit still high, $1,999 starting price.
Cons: Still no cellular option on any MacBooks, though Apple would probably say that a tethered iPhone is the cellular option., Non-upgradeable RAM and a non-standard SSD make upgrades difficult-to-impossible after purchase., The Iris Pro 5200 is a noticeable step back from the GeForce GT 650M in all of the Retina MacBook Pros last year.
Excerpt: Apple's 2880 x 1800 pixel Retina display is the centerpiece of its newest laptop, and serves as a roadmap the future of PC design.
Pros: Extremely sharp 2880×1800 resolution display is pure eye candy. Excellent springy keyboard and trackpad. Even the cheapest model, with 8GB of flash memory and an SSD, is super speedy. Never thought I’d be comfortable holding a 15-inch notebook in one hand.
Cons: Price is hard to swallow — upgrades, add-ons and accessories can bump the cost up nearly ,000 more. Sealed unibody design is impossible to upgrade yourself once you’ve purchased the device — but come now, you knew that going in.
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display ( 2013, 15-inch screen)
24 November 2012
Summary: The slimmer body and higher-res screen of the original Retina MacBook Pro were a revolutionary leap. This revamp adds modest internal upgrades for modest improvements, but price cuts to both the 13-inch and 15-inch models sweeten the deal.
Pros: The second generation of Apple's Retina-screen MacBook Pro adds internal upgrades to its Wi-Fi, Thunderbolt, SSD, graphics card and CPU. The result is a faster laptop with better battery life and a lower starting price.
Cons: The changes are internal-only, and not significant enough to upgrade if you have last year's version. At $1,999 to start, this is still a very expensive laptop. Both the 13-inch MacBook Air and Pro have much better battery life.
Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina 2.3 GHz Mid 2012
1 August 2012
Summary: MacBook Pro meets Retina. At the WWDC 2012, Apple let the proverbial cat out of the bag. The company not only presented several updated models, but also introduced an all-new MacBook Pro with a 15-inch Retina display. The new model features an even slimmer aluminum unibody chassis and up-to-date hardware components. Is the price of 2279 Euro (MSRP) justified or is the older and time-tested model a better choice?
Pros: An even slimmer chassis and less weight, Build quality, feel & rigidity, USB 3.0 and HDMI are now integrated, Input devices including backlit keyboard, High resolution display (220 DPI, IPS), Convincing display data, Good performance and powerful graphics, Premium stereo speakers, Decent battery life (Mac OS X), The even slimmer aluminum unibody chassis with superb rigidity, feel, and finish. The very high resolution of the Retina display, the display measurements, an...
Cons: Chassis can get very hot, Port selection not overwhelming, Adapter is needed to add additional ports, Maintenance almost impossible, Only 12 months standard warranty, BTO options comparatively expensive, Many programs are not optimized yet (HiDPI), Notebook quite noisy under load, HiDPI applications from third-party vendors, an easy method for cleaning the fans, lower temperature at the surface of the chassis. Since the battery is glued in, changing it out won't be ch...
Excerpt: Apple’s coveted Retina display has finally found its way to a full-size notebook courtesy of the latest MacBook Pro. But anyone familiar with this new system knows that Apple didn’t simply add a higher resolution display to the standard MacBook Pro frame. Instead, there’s an entirely reworked chassis that’s nearly as thin as the MacBook Air and weighs more than a pound less than the standard Pro.