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Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-)
8.9 out of 10

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

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Reviews and Problems with Apple MacBook Pro 15" 3rd Gen Retina (2012-)

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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...
  • 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
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.
  • 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
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.
  • 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
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

TechSpot
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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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...
  • 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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Overall 9
9.0

Review: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display

Wired
19 June 2012
  • Excerpt: When Apple introduced the MacBook Air in 2008, it shook up the entire PC industry. In just a few years, “the world’s thinnest notebook” evolved from a super-slim novelty into a viable computing solution , sending other manufacturers on a mad rush to issue their own supremely portable ultrabooks.
  • 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.
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Overall 10
10

Expert Review

ComputerShopper
14 June 2012
  • Conclusion: So, in these days of perfectly serviceable $500 mainstream Windows laptops, how does a machine more than four times the price garner such high marks? Apple has a funny way of turning wants into needs.
  • Pros: Spectacular screen, Thin and light for a 15-inch laptop, Fast performance from CPU, graphics, and flash storage, Good battery life
  • Cons: Expensive, No optical drive or Ethernet port, Third-party apps will need to be optimized to look their best
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Overall 9
8.9

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display review (mid 2012)

Engadget
13 June 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
9.0

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display Review

LAPTOP Magazine
12 June 2012
  • Summary: Starting at $2,199, the new MacBook Pro wasn't designed for the masses. It's for those who demand the very best and are willing to pay for it. The Retina Display is a positively sublime canvas for both content consumption and creation. It's really in its own league.
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