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Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-)
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Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-)

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Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina (2013) review

7 December 2013
  • Excerpt: The arrival of Intel's Haswell generation of processors led Apple to update its magnificent MacBook Pro. It looks the same, but the hardware inside has been entirely overhauled.
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Retina, round two: Apple’s 15-inch 2013 Retina MacBook Pro reviewed

Ars Technica
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...
  • 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, ...
  • 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 o...
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Overall 8

Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina (2013) Review

LAPTOP Magazine
24 October 2013
  • Summary: The new Retina MacBook Pro offers very fast quad-core performance paired with some of the fastest flash storage around and (optional) discrete graphics, making quick work of pretty much any task.
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Overall 9

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (mid 2012)

30 November 2012
  • Conclusion: The MacBook Pro with Retina display is a top-shelf laptop with a world-class display. It isn't cheap, but it's worth it.
  • Pros: Beautiful Retina display, Thinner and lighter than previous Pros, World-class performance, Improved battery life
  • Cons: Expensive, MagSafe 2 connector requires an adapter
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Overall 9
Performance 10
Battery performance 9
Display 9
Weight 9
Noise 9
Gaming performance 9
Connectivity 7
Keyboard 9
Temperature 7

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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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 applicati...
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Overall 9

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

31 July 2012
  • 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.
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More pixels, smaller package

Gear Patrol
22 July 2012
  • Excerpt: After flipping the middle finger to the rest of the laptop market with the MacBook Pro Retina last summer, it was only a matter of time before Apple’s Midas touch turned to the smaller 13-inch companion.
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Overall 10

Retina Display Apple MacBook Pro

3 July 2012
  • Summary: Apple’s new MacBook Pro is a remarkable laptop. It’ll be remembered for that searing display but there are many more reasons to admire it
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Overall 9

MacBook Pro with Retina display (mid-2012)

26 June 2012
  • Excerpt: The Good Cutting-edge connectivity Bleeding-edge display Beautiful, thin minimalist design Sturdy, seamless build quality Blend of power and mobility The Bad Virtually non upgradeable after purchase Many websites and apps are not currently optimized for the display No optical drive Adapters required...
  • Pros: Cutting-edge connectivity, Bleeding-edge display, Beautiful, thin minimalist design, Sturdy, seamless build quality, Blend of power and mobility
  • Cons: Virtually non upgradeable after purchase, Many websites and apps are not currently optimized for the display, No optical drive, Adapters required for Firewire and Ethernet, Price premium for privilege
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Pixelpalooza: 15“ Retina MacBook Pro reviewed

Ars Technica
23 June 2012
  • Conclusion: Apple is betting on the future needs of professionals with the Retina MacBook Pro. Not everyone is entirely ready for that future right now, though, so Apple is offering Ivy Bridge-bumped versions of the "old" 15" and 13" MacBook Pro for those who aren't ready to make the leap.
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