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Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display

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Product Highlights
  • 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
  • 8GB of DDR3 Onboard RAM
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M Graphics (1GB)
  • 15.4" Widescreen LED-Backlit IPS Display
  • 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
  • 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated Stereo Speakers
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Microphones
  • Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

The 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display from Apple is a powerful notebook computer with an innovative, ultrathin, ultraportable aluminum unibody design. It is loaded with advanced power management features and an integrated lithium polymer battery, which work together to provide up to 7 hours of wireless web browsing.

The most noticeable difference between this MacBook Pro and its predecessor is the Retina display. The widescreen, LED-backlit IPS screen has a glossy finish and a native resolution of 2880 x 1800. With 220 pixel-per-inch, this MacBook Pro has a pixel count of over 5 million. You'll be able to output up to two external displays at up to 2560 x 1600 via Thunderbolt (mini DisplayPort). Any Mini DisplayPort-compatible display will plug in without the need of an adapter. This MacBook Pro also adds an HDMI support so HDMI-compliant devices, particularly HDTVs, are now natively supported as well.

The system is powered by a quad-core Ivy Bridge 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 processor. The computer is loaded with 8GB of DDR3 RAM, 512GB flash storage and a Secure Digital media card slot. You'll be able to connect to the Internet with ease via 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. The MacBook Pro also features built-in Bluetooth 4.0, which allows you to connect wireless headphones, keyboard, mice and other compatible peripherals without a hassle.

Graphics are handled by a hybrid graphics system. To take full advantage of the Retina display, this MacBook Pro uses nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics with 1GB of dedicated memory, which is 60% faster than previous Apple MacBook Pro models. The GeForce GT 650M also has nVIDIA Optimus technology, which switches over to the integrated Intel HD Graphics 4000 when high-performance visuals are not needed in order to save battery life.

This MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt ports, a high-speed interface that can move data at an amazing 10Gbps, which is double that of USB 3.0. Speaking of USB 3.0, Apple has finally decided to embrace it. This MacBook Pro now features two USB 3.0 ports so you no longer have to buy an adapter, but can use USB 3.0-compliant devices natively as well.

The computer features a comfortable backlit chiclet-style keyboard, which features space between each key for improved accuracy and comfort when typing. It also sports a glass Multi-Touch trackpad with a clickable design. Rather than having a separate button for mouse clicks, the entire surface of the pad is clickable. This increases the active surface area and allows you to quickly click without having to maneuver to the bottom of the trackpad.

The trackpad also fully supports multi-touch gestures. You can tap the trackpad with one finger to click, tap with two fingers to right click, scroll through documents using two fingers, pinch to zoom, navigate through Safari or iPhoto with three-finger left and right swipes or use two fingers to rotate a photo or PDF.

iLife '11 has a complete suite of digital creativity applications. Easy enough for anyone to use, iLife '11 will help you edit your home movies, organize digital photos and compose original music. iLife '11 includes iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand.

The 64-bit Mac OS X features Time Machine backup, which automatically backs up system data to an external hard drive. It also features intuitive Cover Flow navigation, the powerful Spotlight search tool and Quick Look document preview. You'll be able to use Boot Camp to run Windows on your Mac, if needed.

Features

Retina Display
First the iPhone, then the iPad and now the MacBook Pro. The Retina display has finally made an appearance on a Mac OS X operating system. The 15.4" display of this MacBook Pro features over 5 million pixels. The pixel density is so high your eyes won't be able to discern individual pixels. Now with a 2880 x 1800 native resolution, you can see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy. The Retina display also reduces glare while maintaining incredible color and quality. In fact, it has a 29 percent higher contrast ratio than a standard MacBook Pro display. Deeper black levels and vibrant color, everything is rich and beautiful. IPS technology gives you a wide, 178-degree view of everything on the screen, so you'll see the difference at practically any angle
All Flash Storage
You'll notice a difference in whatever you do - starting up takes seconds, apps launch quickly, even navigating the desktop feels incredibly fluid and responsive. It's all thanks to flash storage, which gives you up to four times the performance of a traditional hard drive. When you use apps like Final Cut Pro or Aperture, you can perform even the most demanding tasks right from your internal storage. And since this MacBook Pro comes with up to 512GB of flash storage, you can keep all your important files with you, including large video and photo libraries. Flash doesn't have any moving parts, which makes it reliable and quiet. It also has the ability to stay in standby mode for up to a month. Whether it's been 1 day or 30, this all-flash MacBook Pro will spring to life, right where you left off
Long-Lasting Battery
A 7-hour battery life is impressive for any notebook. But for a high-performance notebook with an ultra-high-resolution display, top-of-the-line processors and graphics as well as a superslim design, it's absolutely remarkable. The built-in 95-watt-hour battery gives you up to 1000 full charge and discharge cycles and up to 30 days of instant-on standby time. Which means you can put your MacBook Pro to sleep, and it'll come back on instantly - after a day, a week, or even a month. With Power Nap, your MacBook Pro can continue to receive email and calendar invitations while it's asleep. And when it's connected to a power source, it can download software updates and make backups with Time Machine. So the next time you open your notebook, everything's right there waiting for you
Ivy Bridge Intel Core i7
The third-generation Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processor with a state-of-the-art 22-nanometer single-die microarchitecture in this MacBook Pro provides amazing quad-core performance. Hyper-Threading technology allows two threads to run simultaneously on each core. And with speeds up to 2.6GHz, 6MB of shared L3 cache, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.6GHz, this processor is great for running professional applications like Aperture and Final Cut Pro. They also support up to 8GB of superfast 1600MHz DDR3 RAM memory
Next-Gen nVIDIA Graphics
This MacBook Pro has a phenomenal display and a graphics processing unit (GPU) to match. Based on a next-generation Kepler architecture with 1GB of dedicated video memory, the nVIDIA GeForce GT 650M GPU provides up to 60 percent faster graphics performance than previous MacBook Pro notebook computers. And it delivers enough power to drive the amazing 5-million-pixel Retina display as well as two external displays. All while making the most graphics-intensive tasks, like rendering HD video and editing RAW photography, fast, fluid and incredibly lifelike
Ports and Connections
Everything about this MacBook Pro is high performance, even its I/O. Thunderbolt is the fastest, most versatile I/O available, and this notebook has two of them. That's a huge advantage when you need to connect to just about anything, whether it's connecting to external displays, RAID arrays and video capture devices. Combine that with two USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SDXC card slot, you can build an entire professional studio with the MacBook Pro as its centerpiece
Stay Connected
Meet the ultimate mobile creative studio with the emphasis on mobile. Equipped with the latest three-stream 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, you're free to unplug and still stay connected to your network, to your wireless peripherals and to the world
Audio and Visual
For something so thin and light, the built-in speakers have a surprisingly wide dynamic range, an optimal balance and a crisp, expressive quality. Dual built-in microphones are great for when you want to be heard. If you're making a FaceTime call, for example, the mics reduce background noise from behind the notebook. And when you use Dictation, they create an adaptive audio beam that intelligently adjusts to detect your voice instead of the noise around you
Multi-Touch Trackpad and Backlit Keyboard
In Mac OS X, Multi-Touch is an essential part of how you interact with your Mac. Using realistic, intuitive gestures, you can switch between apps, navigate your content and get the most out of your desktop space. The MacBook Pro features a Multi-Touch trackpad with a large, all-glass button surface. So you can tap, pinch, swipe and click away comfortably. Thin and light, this notebook is designed to go anywhere, including places with less-than-stellar lighting. A built-in sensor detects changes in ambient light and adjusts the keyboard brightness automatically. So you're never left in the dark
iCloud
iCloud stores your content and lets you access your music, photos, calendars, contacts, documents and more from which ever device you're on. So you'll be able to access your photos, reminders, notes, music and videos from your iOS devices right on this MacBook Pro
Retina-Ready Software
Apple has updated their native apps to take advantage of the beautiful Retina display on this MacBook Pro. Mac OS X apps such as Safari, Mail, iCal, Address Book and more as well as iPhoto, iMovie, iTunes, Aperture and Final Cut Pro have already been optimized

Design

Incredibly Powerful
It may be incredibly thin and light, but this MacBook Pro is also incredibly powerful. To achieve all that in a single design required relentless focus and a willingness to make bold decisions. Bulky legacy technologies like the spinning hard drive and optical disc drive were left behind in favor of higher-performance technologies - all-flash storage, for example. It's much faster and far more reliable than a traditional hard drive. And it takes up 90 percent less space. Which is one of many reasons this MacBook Pro isn't just extremely capable, it's extremely portable, too
A Display of Excellence
The Retina display is a breakthrough - any way you look at it. We pushed the limits of technology to create a pixel density so high, you can see everything you're doing with perfect clarity and make edits with pinpoint accuracy. Not only is it the highest-resolution display ever on a notebook, it has a more integrated design that achieves a level of fit and finish never before possible. This Retina display doesn't sit behind a layer of glass, it is the glass. Which means you get all the benefits of a state-of-the-art display - vibrant colors, high contrast, and wide viewing angles - with very little glare. So there's more to see, and even less to distract you from your work
Precisely Engineered
This MacBook Pro features high-efficiency fans. The asymmetrically spaced impeller blades with back and side airflow vents work together to move the maximum amount of air while reducing tonal impact. The custom, built-in, stereo speakers utilize provide high-fidelity sound and a wide dynamic range and better bass response. The dual microphones are precisely oriented under the speaker grille use an adaptive beam-forming algorithm to reduce background noise and optimize performance
Ultrathin and Ultraportable
This MacBook Pro is ultrathin and ultraportable, resembling more of a MacBook Air than a MacBook Pro. It is 0.71" thin and weighs less than 5 pounds, this MacBook Pro embodies the performance of a MacBook Pro, but has the body of a MacBook Air
Electrical and Operating Requirements
This MacBook Pro supports 100-240V AC with 50/60Hz frequency. It can operate at a temperature from 50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C) and an altitude of 10,000 feet. It can be stored at a temperature from -13 to 113°F (-24 to 45°C) and an altitude of 15,000 feet. It can also stand a relative humidity range of 0 to 90% (noncondensing)

Performance

Photography
At 5.1 million pixels, the Retina display is the perfect place to view and edit your high-resolution photos. Dot for dot, more of your image can fit on the screen - which makes editing photos far more precise. And with four times the number of pixels than a standard 15-inch MacBook Pro display, you can see fine details and textures like never before. In fact, the Retina display is so sharp, you can tell which photos are in focus just by looking at the thumbnails. With two ultrafast Thunderbolt ports, two USB 3.0 ports and an SDXC card slot, you can build a photo studio around this MacBook Pro. Or take it with you and import thousands of RAW images on location - up to five times faster than on a standard MacBook Pro. Once your photos are on your computer, editing in Aperture is faster and more responsive than on any notebook we've ever built. And high-speed flash storage lets you quickly browse large image libraries from internal storage. So you have instant access to any photo in your library
Video Editing
The processor, graphics, and memory inside the MacBook Pro are built around an all-flash architecture - giving you unprecedented mobile video editing capabilities. Super-responsive flash storage delivers up to nine streams of 1080p ProRes (HQ) content for multicam editing in Final Cut Pro X, while the latest quad-core processors decode multiple streams of video, and a powerful GPU renders millions of pixels onto the screen. With flash storage that offers up to four times the performance of a traditional hard drive, you can even edit four streams of uncompressed 8-bit 1080p HD video, right from your internal storage. Having four times the pixels of a traditional display changes how you edit video on a notebook. Especially in Final Cut Pro X. For the first time on a portable computer, you can view your video in pixel-accurate 1080p HD and see your editing workspace onscreen at the same time. And video is so sharp, so clear, and so lifelike, your shots may look even better than you remember
Design and Layout
With 2880 by 1800 pixels, the resolution of the Retina display is so high, it rivals the printed page. Combined with reduced glare, higher contrast, and a 178-degree viewing angle, this Retina display is the ideal place to see your work. High-performance graphics and processors let you render images and apply filters with incredible speed. And thanks to flash storage and superfast 1600MHz memory, you can access and edit large-format files much faster than on a traditional notebook
Science and Engineering
The latest quad-core processors and 1600MHz memory provide an enormous amount of computational power. And the latest GPU technology and the high-resolution Retina display allow you to visualize your data like never before. From 3D molecular modeling and DNA imaging to architectural renderings and structural analysis, this MacBook Pro will have you working anywhere

Mac OS X

Hardware and Software
Since the software on every Mac is created by the same company that makes the Mac, you get a fully integrated system in which everything works together perfectly. OS X works with the processor in your Mac to deliver the best possible performance. The Multi-Touch trackpad on every Mac notebook gives you more than enough space to pinch, swipe, and tap your way around most of the apps on your system. OS X gives you long battery life by dimming the screen in low-light conditions and even regulating processor activity between keystrokes
Interact with Your Computer in a Whole New Way
Tap, scroll, pinch, and swipe using Multi-Touch gestures, directly controlling what's on your screen in a more fluid, natural, and intuitive way. When you scroll down on your trackpad or Magic Mouse, your document scrolls down. When you scroll up, your web page scrolls up. When you swipe left, your photos move left. And there are many more gestures that make all you do on your Mac the best experience you can have on a computer
Easy to Use
From the desktop you see when you start up your Mac to the applications you use every day, everything is designed to be simple and intuitive. It works seamlessly with iCloud to keep your music, photos, calendars, and more up to date across all your devices
Find, Organize and Share Files Fast
The Finder gives you easy access to all the files on your system. It lets you find, organize and access practically everything on your Mac - including applications, files, folders, discs, and shared computers on your network. You can sort files by kind, application, date modified, date added, or size. But with so many files on your computer, finding a specific one can be a challenge. Not on a Mac. Features like Spotlight and Quick Look make locating the file you're looking for effortless - even if you don't know the filename. And with Quick Look, you don't need to open an application to verify that you've found the right file - view a full-screen preview by hitting the space bar. Want to share a file with someone nearby? Just drag and drop to send it to the person wirelessly with AirDrop
See Everything Running on Your Mac Instantly
OS X offers system wide support for gorgeous, full-screen apps that use every inch of your Mac display. You can have multiple full-screen apps open at once - along with multiple apps in windows. And it's easy to switch between full-screen and desktop views. Mission Control gives you a bird's-eye view of all your windows and full-screen apps, and allows you to instantly navigate among them
Auto Save
Auto Save automatically saves your work while you work, without you having to do a thing. Versions creates a new version of a document each time you open it and every hour while you're working. It saves only the differences between successive versions, so the impact on your disk drive is minimal. Just open Versions to see the current document next to a cascade of previous versions. You can copy and paste between versions or revert to an earlier version. And when you share a document, you share only the most recent copy

Built-in Apps

iPhoto
iPhoto is an easy-to-use photo application that makes it fast and fun to organize and find your pictures, as well as make them look their absolute best. With features like Faces, Places, and Events, iPhoto helps you keep track of your photos by who's in them and when and where you took them - all in an immersive full-screen view. Quick and simple editing tools let you make so-so shots picture perfect with just a few clicks. Photo Stream in iCloud automatically pushes new photos to all your devices, so you're never without your latest shots. And if you feel like showing off what you've captured, iPhoto lets you share with beautiful photo books and letterpress cards or online via Facebook and Flickr
iMovie
With iMovie, you can transform the videos you shoot into your very own indie flicks. If you know how to drag and drop, you can make a movie in iMovie. It comes with Apple-designed themes that look fun and professional. Just choose one and iMovie does the rest, adding animated titles and sophisticated transitions automatically. Customize your screen gem further with your own words and audio
GarageBand
Whether you're musically gifted or mostly curious, GarageBand is the application for you. Plug in your electric guitar or USB music keyboard and get ready to rock with virtual replicas of the most revered amps and stompboxes in the world, as well as over 100 software instruments. Just because you didn't grow up learning your A, B, and C sharp doesn't mean you can't. Basic Lessons teach you just that: the basics. Choose from 40 lessons that cover blues guitar, rock guitar, classical piano, pop piano, and more. Or get a private lesson from one of your musical heroes, like Sting or Death Cab for Cutie, with Artist Lessons. GarageBand even tells you how well you're playing in real time with a feature called "How Did I Play?"
Mac App Store
Just like shopping the App Store on iPad, the Mac App Store offers endless possibilities to browse and purchase apps. New apps install in one step right to Launchpad. And the Mac App Store lets you know when app updates are available, so you always have the latest version
Safari
Designed with the Mac in mind, Safari emphasizes browsing, not the browser. In full-screen view, the browser frame is only a pixel wide, and you can hide almost the entire interface if you choose. So there's nothing to distract you from an article, video, or photo album. Navigating web pages is easy with trackpad gestures; flip through web pages with a swipe, and double tap or pinch the trackpad to zoom in on text or images. Safari also features Reader, which lets you peruse articles sans annoying ads. Don't have time to finish what you've started? Reading List lets you save links to articles and other web pages for later, and iCloud keeps your Reading List up to date across all your devices. Since pages render fast in Safari, you won't miss a minute of the web
Mail
Mail makes it easy to manage all your email from a single, ad-free inbox. It features powerful search capabilities, with search suggestions and tokens built in. It works with the free me.com email account you get when you sign up for iCloud, as well as most email standards - including POP3 and IMAP - and popular email services such as Gmail, Comcast, Time Warner, Charter, Cox, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail. Mail supports Microsoft Exchange 2010, too. If you have more than one email account, no problem. Add your accounts to Mail and you'll be able to access all your email from one place. And Mail looks as great as it works. It makes full use of your display with a gorgeous widescreen view featuring a full-height message and a message list that includes snippets. With Conversations, messages from the same thread appear in an elegant timeline showing each communication as it was sent while hiding redundant text
iCal
Keep track of your busy schedule and share it with others using iCal. Create separate calendars - one for home, another for school, a third for work, and so on. See all your calendars in a single window or choose to see only the calendars you want. iCal lets you create invitations using contact information from your Address Book, update your guest list, keep track of responses, and receive the latest status information. When you or another Mac user receives an iCal invitation via Mail, it's automatically added. iCal also works with iCloud, Yahoo and Google. And when you use iCloud, every iCal edit you make on your Mac automatically appears on your iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch
Address Book
With Address Book you have a flexible and convenient place to store contact information for everyone you know. You can import names, numbers, addresses and photos from other applications; create smart groups for clubs, activities, and business purposes; print address labels and envelopes; and more. iCloud updates your contacts on your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, and Mac - so when you enter someone's contact info once, you have it everywhere. And since Address Book is built on vCard, an industry standard for storing contact information, your friends can send you cards that you can add simply by dropping them in - no typing required
Time Machine
Time Machine works with your Mac and an external hard drive (sold separately) or Time Capsule. Connect the drive, assign it to Time Machine, and start enjoying some peace of mind. Time Machine automatically backs up your entire Mac, including system files, applications, accounts, preferences, music, photos, movies, and documents. But what makes Time Machine different from other backup applications is that it not only keeps a spare copy of every file, it remembers how your system looked on any given day - so you can revisit your Mac as it appeared in the past
FaceTime
FaceTime for Mac makes it possible to talk, smile, and laugh with anyone on an iPad, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPod touch, or another Mac from your Mac. And when someone tries to reach you, the call rings through on every Mac you own, even if FaceTime isn't running. So you never have to worry about making yourself available. If you don't want to receive calls, just turn FaceTime off in preferences. FaceTime is integrated with your Address Book so you can initiate chats easily
Photo Booth
Take photo snapshots and video clips with your Mac using Photo Booth. Send them to your friends, use one as an iChat icon, add them to your Address Book, or organize and edit them in iPhoto. The real fun starts when you use the effects and backdrops in Photo Booth. Choose from nine effects that use facial tracking technology so effects look great whether you're front and center - or left of center. Snap single photos or shoot multiples in a four-photo burst. You can even shoot video clips, complete with effects, then trim them right in Photo Booth and send them to friends and family. And since Photo Booth can be viewed full screen, you'll enjoy every detail down to the last pixel
Performance
Processor 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 Quad-Core
Cache L3: 6MB
System Bus Not Specified By Manufacturer
Memory OnboardType: 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM
Installed: 8GB
Graphics Card Type: Hybrid Graphics System
Installed: Intel HD Graphics 4000  Shared ; NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB GDDR5 SDRAM Dedicated 
Display
Type Widescreen
Size 15.4"
Backlight LED
Aspect Ratio Not Specified By Manufacturer
Finish Glossy
Native Resolution 2880 x 1800
Supported Resolutions 1920 x 1200 at 16:10 Aspect Ratio 
1680 x 1050 at 16:10 Aspect Ratio 
1280 x 800 at 16:10 Aspect Ratio 
1024 x 600 at 16:10 Aspect Ratio 
External Resolution Up to 2560 x 1600
Dual Display Yes
Video Mirroring Yes
Storage
Hard Drive Installed: 512GB 
Type: Flash Storage
Optical Drive None
Input/Output Connectors
Ports 2x Thunderbolt
2x USB 3.0 (A)
Display 1x Mini DisplayPort
1x HDMI
Audio Integrated Stereo Speakers
2x Integrated Digital Microphone
1x 1/8" (3.5mm) Headphone Output
Flash Media Slot 1x SDXC
Communications
Network None
Modem None
Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.0
Mobile Broadband None
GPS None
Webcam Yes
General
Operating System Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 
Security Not Specified By Manufacturer
Keyboard Keys: 78
Type: Full-Size
Features: Backlight, Chiclet Style
Pointing Device TouchPad with Double-Tap, Drag, Four-Finger Swipe, Inertial Scrolling, Pinch, Rotate, Tap, Three-Finger Swipe
Battery Built-In Lithium-Polymer  Providing up to 7 Hours per Charge
Power Requirements Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.1 x 0.7 x 9.7" / 35.9 x 1.8 x 24.7 cm
Weight 4.46 lb / 2.02 kg
Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display
  • Mac OS X (includes Mail, Address Book, iCal, the Mac App Store, iTunes, Safari, Time Machine, FaceTime, Photo Booth, Mission Control, Launchpad, AirDrop, Resume, Auto Save, Versions, Quick Look, Spotlight, QuickTime, Full-Screen Apps and more)
  • iLife (includes iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand)
  • 85W MagSafe 2 Power Adapter
  • AC Wall Plug
  • Power Cord
  • Printed and Electronic Documentation
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Apple15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display
     
    4.8

    (based on 78 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

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    • 3 Stars

       

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast (71)
    • Quality display (68)
    • Good power output (64)
    • Lightweight (60)
    • Quiet (55)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (5)
    • Too hot (5)
    • Heavy (3)

    Best Uses

    • Graphics (55)
    • Video (50)
    • Web browsing (44)
    • Business use (40)
    • Music (40)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (54), Multimedia professional (30), Technically challenged (5), Avid gamer (3)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (43), Business (31)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    G-R-E-A-T Mobile Office

    As a visual artist and photographer my digital media is critical. It has to be reliable, able to handle my workflow PLUS offer some aesthetic appeal.
    This Macbook Pro has all of...Read complete review

    As a visual artist and photographer my digital media is critical. It has to be reliable, able to handle my workflow PLUS offer some aesthetic appeal.
    This Macbook Pro has all of that, and then some.
    It's lucky I have the wisdom of a generation of Mac laptop users to lean on. It helped me narrow my search and helps guide the care and feeding of my investment.
    The screen is so crisp,
    the graphics card delivers,
    battery life is really generous,
    and it's sleek, sleek, sleek.
    I'm not a gamer or animator, I process mostly still images,
    I don't have to haul my Mac through heavy workdays and subways, I'm in classrooms a lot,
    And, I am not testing the boundaries of technology, my framework is very traditional,
    So, this Macbook Pro Retina is PERFECT, for me.
    It's a great meld of rocket science and beauty so there is something for the geek as well as the artist in me.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great specs, big issues

    On paper, it's the best laptop ever, and in some regards it is.
    Fast 4-core processor, SSD, lightweight, great esthetics, decent graphics card, large touchpad, modern OS.
    The...Read complete review

    On paper, it's the best laptop ever, and in some regards it is.
    Fast 4-core processor, SSD, lightweight, great esthetics, decent graphics card, large touchpad, modern OS.
    The high-resolution screen makes text incredibly crisp and nice to read, pictures look fantastic, everybody who saw the screen went "wow".

    But it has issues you don't expect even on much cheaper machines.

    Ghosting: The display has serious image persistency (ghosting) issues. On a dark background an "afterimage" of whatever you had on screen can be seen for minutes. Check the web, many machines are affected by this and you can find thousands of posts and images about it.

    Buzzing: Keyboard backlight produces buzzing sound, noticeable and annoying in quiet environments. Sound stops when backlight is turned off, but then black keyboard keys are hard to see in dim light.

    Creaking: That beautifully thin aluminum body is... well... maybe too thin. Just picking the laptop up from a desk will cause it to make creaking sounds.

    Retina-ready? Some applications are not made for high-resolution screens and they look very bad on a retina display. It's not a big deal, application functionality is not affected, but something to be aware of if you use older applications.

    OS stability: Came with Lion, installed Mountain Lion as a free upgrade. ML appears to be less stable than Snow Leopard I used on my old MBP. ML sometimes refuses to resume from sleep and I have to long press the power button to force restart.

    Some of my pre-purchase concerns turned out to be unfounded.
    rMBP does not have CD/DVD drive nor an Ethernet connector. I thought I'll miss them, but after months of use I see I don't really need them. You can use an external USB CD/DVD drive or a lightning-ethernet adapter if needed.

    Conclusion: would not recommend because of display ghosting and keyboard buzzing sound.

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    5.0

    Great for video editing

    By TV Guy

    from Annapolis, MD

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Powerful
    • Quality Display
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Video

      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

      I am writing this review more than SIX MONTHS later. I bought a 13 inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display and flash drive for my daughter about six months earlier. This was to be her college laptop. I was so impressed with her use of the MacBook that I bought a 15-inch for myself!

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      I love Apple

      By Ernie

      from Pomona, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Business Use
        • Graphics
        • Music
        • Web Browsing

        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

        I use my macbook pro for personal use as well as music production and playing music via Serato. So amazing how smooth everything flows, best purchase I've ever made. I have nothing negative to say, I'm the price is a bit high, but you get what you pay for.

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        • Personal

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        5.0

        Perfect For Film

        By Gio

        from Los Angeles, CA

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quick startup
        • Quiet

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Business Use
          • Graphics
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

          Perfect computer for the film industry.
          Retina display is gorgeous and accurate.
          Editing any footage is easy.
          Processing power allows for seamless multitasking.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Fast computer , Beautiful display

          By George

          from Patchogue, NY

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Powerful
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

              This is my first Mac and I am still learning. That being said, I like it a lot. It is very fast and seems well built. The display is out of this world and this mac boots up super fast. This Macbook Pro handles all my picture editing and home computing needs without missing a beat. The few times I called Mac support, they were quick and helpful. So far so good.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              SUPER value from B&H

              By Eric B

              from Burlington, MA

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Lightweight
              • Long Battery Life
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display
              • Quiet

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Business Use
                • Graphics
                • Web Browsing
                • Word Processing

                Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                I use this for work and not only was the price unbeatable (literally) it got here super fast!

                Would recommend B&H to others to buy Apple products as well.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Great performance and good quality

                By SoftmakerKz

                from Kazakhstan

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Long Battery Life
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Graphics
                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                  I use my MacBook Pro with Win7 (Parallels Desktop 9 for Mac). It works fast. Its power is anough for both systems. I like its retina display and aluminum case. I can say anything negative about this product.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Excelente Notebook

                  By Diego Piuma

                  from Montevideo

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long Battery Life
                  • Powerful
                  • Quality Display
                  • Quiet

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • Video

                    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                    Muy rápido, liviano y la pantalla retina es buenísima para ver fotos y videos

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Perfect buy

                    By George

                    from Washington, DC

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast
                    • Lightweight
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Graphics

                      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                      I use this MacBook Pro mainly for personal use (Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS5) and work (Math, simulations, calculations, PPT and animations). This machine is the optimal solution among speed, video performance and price. Finally I can process my pictures on Photoshop without this annoying waiting for action to be completed. In fact I had hundreds of pictures waiting to be processed for several months, and I did not work on them because I got constantly annoyed by the sluggish performance on my old MacBook Pro. This notebook performs as good as the much highly priced upscale version of 27" iMac with all the advantages of a notebook. As for the Tunderbolt monitor, there are multiple other monitor solutions that perform similarly, but cost [$] less. I personally bought another 27" external monitor and everything operates perfectly.I would recommend this solution to anybody

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                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      A very happy cutomer

                      By Thanh

                      from Arlington, VA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Fast
                      • Lightweight
                      • Quality Display

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Graphics
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                        This is my first Mac computer. Everything is new for this Windows user, but so far I am happy with the quality of this MacBook Pro Notebook. The screen resolution is phenomenal !!!

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        what a beaut

                        By hay415

                        from hayward CA

                        About Me Photoshop user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Lighted keyboard

                        Cons

                        • None At This Moment

                        Best Uses

                        • Editing photos

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                        this computer is beautiful inside and out. blazing fast on the inside and sleek, super thin on the outside. it is so much thinner and lighter than the prev macbook pro with the optical disc. SSD is great. Retina display is awesome. Mag charger is nice and safe.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Happy! Happy!

                        By Alex

                        from Hilton Head Island, SC

                        About Me Functionally Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Extra Programs I Like
                        • Fast
                        • Gorgeous Retinal Display
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Graphics
                        • Music
                        • photo editing
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                        I was initially worried that by moving from a PC to a Mac it would be too much of a learning curve. I need not have worried...the MacBook Pro--like all Apple products--is very intuitive and straight-forward as regards files, applications etc. With help to move my files from my old PC to the new Mac, I was able to start using my new laptop immediately. I was impressed that it "found" my 6 year old printer and there was no special set up necessary. The retinal display screen provides super crisp text and gorgeous color.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Quiet, FAST, reliable, easy on the eyes

                        By Rhonda Rowdy

                        from Portland Oregon

                        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Keyboard
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Gets A Tad Bit Too Warm

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Use
                        • Graphics
                        • Music
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                        Very pleased with this machine. Sturdy, lightweight, quiet, quiet, quiet.
                        Since my first TRS80 this is the best purchase ever.
                        So fast and handles multiple processes with ease.
                        Travels well.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        I love my rMBP

                        By Ryan

                        from Florida

                        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life
                        • Warm

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Use
                        • Graphics
                        • Music
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                        I'll skip all the formalities and get straight to the point.

                        The screen is AMAZING. Wow everything looks so crisp and clean. At the same time things that aren't optimized for the resolution look like complete trash (for the lack of a better word). I mean it looks BAD. Maybe it's by contrast but wow you can really tell. That being said so far I haven't found to many things that have had this problem. Microsoft Office for Mac had this problem till it was updated. There are still a few images and such that are still low res but really you can't blame Apple for that.

                        It does get hot under heavy use. I would say its mainly because its made of aluminum so the heat spreads out more. I easily solved this with an app I installed to control the fan speeds. (no need to crank them to max just enough so it isn't a hand heater.

                        It's fast. I haven't had a problem with speed yet. Nothing to really mention here. It just works and works fast.

                        The lack of a CD/DVD drive hasn't bothered me yet. I have a few other PC's so it wasn't a deal breaker to me. If it were my only computer it might be a hassle but not a deal breaker.

                        The keyboard is nice but this is my first keyboard has a "chiclet" style keyboard. A little odd at first but after a few days it's not bad. That being said it would look ugly if they used a normal style keyboard. I have grown use it and actually like it more now.

                        The speakers are pretty sweet also. The quality is pretty good. I did a sound comparison against my Alienware M18x R2 and I would say the MacBook Pro wins. To me the sound is far more clear. While the low range is I guess average. I don't expect a laptop to have a subwoofer in it but.. a little bump would be nice.

                        The battery life is...good i think. I can get a pretty good charge off it to do work for a few hours but I can literally watch the percent drop by the minute which is weird because it says it still has like 5-6 hours left as the % keep dropping at a seemingly fast rate. When i first unplug it claims about 8.5 hours and from there it's...questionable to me. I understand all the variables but it's unsettling to watch the % drop that quick. I preformed an OS re-install (which ill talk about next) and I think it may have helped since then it seems fine.

                        Reinstalling the OS is actually really nice. Shut down, hold Command + R, press power button while still holding Command + R, you should be welcomed to a menu, format the drive, from here press "Reinstall Mac OS X", type in your Apple ID to confirm and the rest requires no interaction. It took me about 45 mins - 1 hour to completely go from start to finish. No product keys, no drivers, just click install Mac OS X and let it do all the work. As soon as the installer finished it did a quick reboot and I did the quick set up and I was ready to go.

                        In all I'm loving it so far and haven't touched my other computers for the past 2 weeks. Highly recommend.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Computer

                        By iWilliamsJ

                        from Charlotte, NC

                        About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Keyboard
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life
                        • Too Hot

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Use
                        • Graphics
                        • Music
                        • Video
                        • Web Browsing
                        • Word Processing

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                        You already know Apple makes great computers. I use this one for design and music creation, and it keeps up with all my processing needs, even when I have tons of apps open at the same time. The only time I've ever had to wait on it is when I was dealing with huge Photoshop files that were gigabytes big (so big they're .psb or whatever, instead of regular .psd). Even then, the waiting was not unreasonable. Kudos to Apple!

                        You certainly won't find a better 15-inch laptop from anyone else.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        4.0

                        Very Usage

                        By T.T.

                        from New York, New York

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Comfortable Keyboard
                        • Fast
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long Battery Life
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Business Use
                          • Music
                          • Word Processing

                          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                          I use this product for school and business and it's quite useful

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          G-R-E-A-T Mobile Office

                          By BVT

                          from Los Angeles

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long Battery Life
                          • Quality Display
                          • Quiet

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business Use
                            • Graphics
                            • Music
                            • Web Browsing
                            • Word Processing

                            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                            As a visual artist and photographer my digital media is critical. It has to be reliable, able to handle my workflow PLUS offer some aesthetic appeal.
                            This Macbook Pro has all of that, and then some.
                            It's lucky I have the wisdom of a generation of Mac laptop users to lean on. It helped me narrow my search and helps guide the care and feeding of my investment.
                            The screen is so crisp,
                            the graphics card delivers,
                            battery life is really generous,
                            and it's sleek, sleek, sleek.
                            I'm not a gamer or animator, I process mostly still images,
                            I don't have to haul my Mac through heavy workdays and subways, I'm in classrooms a lot,
                            And, I am not testing the boundaries of technology, my framework is very traditional,
                            So, this Macbook Pro Retina is PERFECT, for me.
                            It's a great meld of rocket science and beauty so there is something for the geek as well as the artist in me.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Great!!!!! I would buy again.

                            By Moe Diddy

                            from Atlanta, GA

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Keyboard
                            • Fast
                            • Lightweight
                            • Powerful
                            • Quality Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Business Use
                              • Music
                              • Photos
                              • Video
                              • Web Browsing
                              • Word Processing

                              Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                              This is a great product. I use it to store and edit my photos, movies of family & friends. I love it for my special projects. Coming from a PC environment it was easy to start up and become productive. Retina display is wonderful. Brilliant color and detail.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Product and timely Delivery

                              By Don Nimal

                              from North Brunswick NJ

                              About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Keyboard
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight
                              • Powerful
                              • Quality Display
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • Too Hot

                              Best Uses

                              • Graphics
                              • Video
                              • Web Browsing
                              • Word Processing

                              Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                              I have been using Mac products for a long time and last year I bought the Mac Book Air because it is the lightest note book with all facilities. But only thing that I needed was to run both Mac and Windows using the ability of Mac Book air to have boot camp and windows 7. Because it needs a lot of HD capacity I was constrained. Hence I bought this Mac Book Pro Retina and it gives me adequate HD capacity to work on both Mac and Windows. Further the retina display is amazing and the weight is not too bad when compared to the Mac Book Air. I am very satisfied with the product and recommend anyone who wants to run both Mac and windows with a good speed. Another plus factor was that it came with parallels included free of charge by B & H Photo.

                              I also would like to appreciate the excellent delivery by B and H photo with no shipping charges or tax where I always can rely on.

                              Don Hettoiaratchy.

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                              • Personal

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                              5.0

                              First Mac Purchase by PC User

                              By Go

                              from Studio City, CA

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast
                              • Powerful
                              • Quality Display
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                              • Heavy
                              • Short Battery Life

                              Best Uses

                              • Graphics
                              • Video

                              Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                              I purchased this for photo editing, and this is my first Mac laptop. Everything is super fast and Retina display is just amazing! The best laptop I've ever owned.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Great !

                              By Mattwize

                              from Bloomsburg ,pa

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Comfortable Keyboard
                              • Fast
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long Battery Life
                              • Powerful
                              • Quality Display
                              • Quiet

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Graphics
                                • Music
                                • Video
                                • Web Browsing
                                • Word Processing

                                Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display:

                                Love it

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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