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

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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Wired
1 November 2013
  • Excerpt: When Apple debuted the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display 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.
  • Pros: Extremely sharp 2560×1600 resolution display (2880×1800, 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.
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
31 October 2013
  • 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
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Overall 9
9.0

video 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro review: A tale of two laptops

Macworld
31 October 2013
  • Summary: The $2599 Retina MacBook Pro epitomizes the idea of a pro laptop, combining top performance and excellent battery life. While the $1999 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro offers a nice boost in battery life and fast flash storage, its lack of a discrete graphics processor prevents it from being all that it can be.
  • Pros: Better battery life, Faster flash storage, Equipped with both integrated and discrete graphics, Better battery life, Faster flash storage
  • Cons: Pricey, No discrete graphics
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Overall 9
9.0

Review: Upgrades make Retina MacBook Pro a better bargain

Macworld
21 February 2013
  • Conclusion: The new Retina MacBook Pros represent a subtle refresh to the line of beautiful, ultra-high-resolution portables introduced last year. The price reductions for the 13-inch models make them a better bargain than before, while the 16GB of RAM in the high-end 15-inch MacBook Pro might help take the sting out of the $2799 price tag. James is the director of Macworld Lab.
  • Pros: Reduced screen glare, Top-notch performance, Slim and lightweight, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity, Stunning Retina display, Dazzling Retina display, Reduced screen glare USB 3.0 support HDMI connectivity, USB 3.0 support HDMI connectivity, Drastic price reduction, faster processor over predecessor, Reduced screen glare, Top-notch performance, Slim and lightweight, USB 3.0 support, HDMI connectivity, Stunning Retina display
  • Cons: Users will need to adjust for missing features, 1920-by-1200 creates small UI elements, Memory and storage not user upgradeable, Users will need to adjust for missing features, Memory and storage not user upgradeable, Limited to 8GB of memory, Users will need to adjust for missing features, 1920-by-1200 creates small UI elements, Memory and storage not user upgradeable
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Overall 9
8.8
Performance 10
9.9
Battery performance 9
8.9
Display 9
8.8
Weight 9
8.8
Noise 9
8.5
Gaming performance 9
8.9
Connectivity 7
6.9
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 7
6.9

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina 2.3 GHz Mid 2012

Notebookcheck
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...
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Overall 9
8.8
Performance 10
9.9
Battery performance 9
8.9
Display 9
8.8
Weight 9
8.8
Noise 9
8.5
Gaming performance 9
8.9
Connectivity 7
6.9
Keyboard 9
9.0
Temperature 7
6.9

Review Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina 2.3 GHz Mid 2012

Notebookcheck
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...
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Overall 9
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

TechSpot
31 July 2012
  • Conclusion: Since this system is all about the Retina display, it's worth delving into it a bit more to really understand the technology behind it, and the incredible engineering that Cupertino put into the hardware and software to make it work. Most people might assume that the screen simply operates at the advertised 2880 x 1800 resolution, but that assumption would only be partially correct.
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Overall 9
9.0

15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

Maclife
5 July 2012
  • Pros: Best display we've ever seen on a laptop. Two Thunderbolt ports. HDMI and USB 3. Speedy. Thin. Light. Quiet.
  • Cons: Apps not updated for Retina display can appear blurry. RAM, hard drive, and battery not user-upgradeable. FireWire and Gigabit Ethernet require $29 adapters. The $9.99 MagSafe-to-MagSafe 2 adapter should have been included for free.
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Overall 10
10

Retina Display Apple MacBook Pro

stuffmideast.com
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
9.0

MacBook Pro with Retina display (mid-2012)

MacNN
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 for Firewire and Ethernet Price premium for privilege Apple has attempted to redefine the full power professional notebook with the next-generation MacBook Pro.
  • 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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