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

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Overall 9
9.0

Review: 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
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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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. We’re now surrounded by a bunch of PC notebooks that looks remarkably similar to Apple’s Air.
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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. For digital content creators—who are really the users for whom we're breaking out the 5-star-rating champagne—the Retina Pro is a revelation. For everyone else, it's a decidedly pricey 15-inch laptop whose closest competition is, well, the regular MacBook Pro.
  • 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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