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Apple15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013)
 
4.9

(based on 90 reviews)

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    (77)

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    (13)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (57)
  • Good power output (54)
  • Quality display (33)
  • Comfortable keyboard (31)
  • Long battery life (30)

Cons

  • Too hot (3)

Best Uses

  • Graphics (30)
  • Web browsing (27)
  • Video (23)
  • Business use (21)
  • Music (21)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (22), Tech savvy (21), Multimedia professional (12), Technically challenged (6), Avid gamer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (51), Business (16)

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5.0

Too perfect.

By Catalina

from Uruguay

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • Video
    • Web Browsing

    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

    Ive been using it fot little time, but it just works perfectly.

    I love the retina display!

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    This computer is awesome!

    By Animal

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Technically Challenged

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Music
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

      I use this computer for very basic things, but it is fast and furious.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Excellence in a Notebook

      By Chase B

      from Louisville, KY

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Too Hot

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

      This Late 2013 Macbook Pro is an exceptional computer in just about every way possible.

      It is blazing fast, definitely the quickest computer I have ever owned. Files open within a blink of an eye and the processor can handle everything from basic web browsing to much more intensive applications like Adobe Photoshop and iMovie with ease. I have found the integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 more than capable to handle anything I throw at it, which was one aspect originally holding me back from buying this machine. Unless you are a heavy gamer or require a lot of graphic power for professional video editing/something of the sort, you do not the nvidia gt 750m that comes with the more expensive model.

      The 8gb of RAM that is included in this laptop is apt for anything I have done. 16gb I think would be overkill.

      One of the main selling points of the Macbook Pro is the Retina Display, and it completely lives up to the hype that is attributed to it. You really have to see it in person to truly appreciate. It is highly glossy with vibrant yet accurate in its reproduction. Text is very clear and photos pop on the screen.

      The design of the Macbook is classic Apple, with a high quality unibody aluminum body which is almost ultrabook thin and feels very sturdy in use. The trackpad is large and the best I've ever used, with a glass coating which allows fingers to glide and for easy use of the multi touch gestures in OS X. The keyboard is also quite good, but does not have quite as much depth as I would have liked. Speakers dot the side of the keyboard and produce a clear and fairly high fidelity sound that I think will impress all but audiophiles.

      Apple claims 7 hours of battery life, and I am usually able to attain around 6 with web-browsing/video streaming.

      If I have one complaint with this notebook, it would be that the underside gets quite hot to the point of uncomfortable when streaming video, which is quite annoying when using in my lap. The fans have never once turned on, but I wish Apple would have sacrificed a low fan speed for a cooler laptop.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Nice Computer

      By Chauncey

      from Santa Barbara, CA

      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

      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 (Late 2013):

        I got this as a traveling editing computer, it works great for using Adobe Premiere on the go. Super light compared to my old MacBook pro. Great upgrade for a traveler.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Gorgeous!

        By Peggy

        from Franklin, NC

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Web Browsing

          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

          I finally decided to make the jump from a PC to a Mac, and this is a gem! Boots up almost immediately (I could take a shower in the time it took my Windows system to boot up), and the retina display is stunning! Highly recommended.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Love my MacBook Pro

          By Genealogy Whiz

          from North Carolina

          About Me Technically Challenged

          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 (Late 2013):

            Great display, great battery life, easy to use. Lots of online help available. Light and easy to move around with.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Awesome!

            By Leroy

            from Carson California

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

            I love this laptop! And the price was awesome!! Thank you!

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            5.0

            Got a great deal on Apple MacBook Pro

            By spock

            from Warsaw,NC

            About Me Technically Challenged

            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 (Late 2013):

              I have nothing but praise for B&H, I got my order fast and everything worked great. I got a great deal

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Nice laptop

              By Wbriggs

              from Lewisville tx

              Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

              I got this one to save 300 off the new model. More ram and 200mhz faster on the same cpu didn't justify the price of that one. It is deceptively heavy but also thin and fast. The battery lasts forever which I expect from Mac. Great laptop all around.

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              5.0

              A lithe beast

              By Tafara

              from Zimbabwe

              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Software development

                Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                I use this machine for software development. It's a lean machine. Weighing in at 8GB I was worried that it wouldn't be able to cope with the number of VMs I normally run (about 4 linux servers at a time). They ran like they were the native OSs

                I have to say, software development is a breeze and ... dare I say it, debugging is a joy! If I'd known, I would have bought a 13inch MacbookPro with the same specs and a thunderbolt display. I own an earlier model Macbook and there wasn't a marked jump in screen real estate between the 13inch and the 15inch.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                great product

                By maf

                from New Jersey

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                  I'm coming to this Macbook Pro 13inch Retina laptop from a 2010 model Macbook Air that I absolutely adored for nearly 4 years. The Air was so light and portable that I reluctantly gave it up, but concerns of weight vanished once I got my hands on this beauty. Yes, it's slightly heavier, but only slightly. What I like most of all is how the body isn't tapered from back to front like the Air. It's a solid piece of symmetrical aluminum, and it just feels so well built.One of the reasons I eventually gave up and sold my Air in favor of this was the Retina screen. I've never seen one on the Macbooks, so I bought this sight unseen, but I had a vague idea of how it might look because I also own a retina iPad Mini and that screen is lovely. The screen on the mini is out-done by the amazing screen on this Macbook. I can't believe how good it is. And what's more, this Macbook only cost @ dollars more than the latest Air. Why would anyone not pay the difference for this screen? It's totally night and day between the Air's screen and this one. The Air is by no means terrible, but it cant compete with this.The audio is also a nice surprise on the Macbook with Retina. It was good on my Air, but it's far better on the Retina. There's no speaker grills either, so I assume they're below the keyboard. Regardless they sound amazing, albeit low on bass.My Air didnt have a backlit keyboard, so this was a nice surprise. No more hunting and hoping at night in bed. Another nice addition I didnt have before was HDMI-out. Now I can simply connect my Macbook to my HDTV and play Hulu on my TV. No reason to pay for Hulu Plus. On my other computer it wouldnt allow Hulu to output to TV, but its not being blocked on the Macbook for some reason. I wont complain.Anyway, I'd list some dislikes, but I don't have any. The keyboard and trackpad are Apple's usual brilliant keyboard and trackpad. They're unmatched.If you're on the fence about getting one, just go for it. I'm one of those people that easily get buyer's remorse, but I have none of that with this laptop. So good.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  mac kinda sets the standard

                  By Matthew

                  from Berkeley CA

                  About Me Use For Stats Web Design

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Battery Pack Gets Hot

                  Best Uses

                  • Music
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing
                  • Word Processing

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                  I've only been using it for about a week - but it's been great. The resolution on screen makes my 2011 MacBook pro look like it was from the 80s. Even though it's the 2.0 GHz model, I've not had any complaints on processing speed.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  4.0

                  awsome experience till now

                  By rabi

                  from jersy city

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                  I bought 2 weeks back and its working as per my expectations. .it too slim..I love it..

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                  5.0

                  Great Mac pro.

                  By real estate broker

                  from New York, N.Y.

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                  I love it.

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                  5.0

                  Great Mac pro.

                  By real estate broker

                  from New York, N.Y.

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                  I love it.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent product and excellent price

                  By Jose

                  from Puerto Rico

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                  Shipping very fast and on time

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                  5.0

                  The perfect college machine and more

                  By manatee

                  from Snohomish, wa

                  About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                  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 (Late 2013):

                    Apple has made a cost effective, powerful and enabling machine yet again.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    4.0

                    Light and powerful

                    By kyle

                    from San Jose, CA

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                          Despite it is a 2013 model, it has the compute power that I need for my work. 256 GBs of PCIe-Flash based hard drive may seem a little less, welcome to the cloud Era, you might find yourself not needing that mush of space. I'm satisfied for a powerful product at such price. Most importantly, tax-free when I was buying from CA and get it shipped over from NY. And one more thing, Retina is great.

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                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with

                          By Mod

                          from Denver, CO

                          About Me Amateur photographer, Engineer, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                          • None yet

                          Best Uses

                          • Graphics
                          • Web Browsing
                          • Word Processing

                          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                          I use this laptop to do school work and some photo editing. The computer is fast and quiet, thanks to the SSD. I really like the retina screen and the weight of the machine. I used to own a 2008 MBA 13", and I thought the battery life was great with the MBA. However, this machine exceeds my expectation on battery life. It lasts 10 hours, which is more than what the spec says. In conclusion, get this laptop if you plan to do some photo editing and school work on the go.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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                          5.0

                          Insanely fast computer!

                          By masterc78

                          from Houston, TX

                          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
                            • Video
                            • Web Browsing
                            • Word Processing

                            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display (Late 2013):

                            Pros:

                            1. Battery Life
                            2. Screen Clarity
                            3. Low Profile and Weight
                            4. Performance

                            Cons:

                            1. Haven't really found any.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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