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

(based on 107 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (98)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (85)
  • Good power output (83)
  • Quality display (64)
  • Quiet (57)
  • Long battery life (52)

Cons

  • Too hot (8)
  • Heavy (4)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Graphics (50)
  • Video (40)
  • Business use (37)
  • Web browsing (36)
  • Music (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (41), Quality oriented (21), Multimedia professional (20), Technically challenged (7), Avid gamer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (53), Business (37)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

PRO MacBook Pro! (o:

I am a soon-to-be retired teacher, new to IOS, looking forward to honing my photography skills. I had been waiting for this MacBook Pro Notebook with a Haswell processor and Iris Pro graphics...Read complete review

I am a soon-to-be retired teacher, new to IOS, looking forward to honing my photography skills. I had been waiting for this MacBook Pro Notebook with a Haswell processor and Iris Pro graphics to come to market for months. It arrived at my doorstep from B&H Photo in a timely manner. Easy to set up. Comfortable keyboard w/soft backlighting. Beautiful IPS screen!!!!!!! Very responsive trackpad. As far as those blazing fast speeds I had been reading about? From the get go, when I was online, they just weren't there. After a few days, this computer's response time was lagging...horribly. Then the screen began freezing. I was ready to send this MBP back to B&H.

But then I did a bit of research online and found that PERHAPS a new router just might be the problem. So, I purchased a smart dual-band wifi-router, with wireless speeds up to 1750 mps. Had a friend help me set it up on my MacBook Pro. I crossed my fingers, restarted my MBP, and.....Kazaaaaaam! The new router absolutely did the trick! It was like a new life had been 'breathed' into my MBP! Blazing fast internet speeds! Incredible speed when uploading photos to the internet! HD Youtube vids are streaming with ZERO lag! I'm tickled pink, and I will happily be KEEPING this powerful machine.

One thing I did learn about IOS and Apple....MAKE SURE YOU WRITE DOWN EVERY AND ALL USER ID'S and passwords! I didn't and was stuck for a while trying to retrieve my admin. ID. Luckily, I found an Apple chat and a very patient techie who walked me through the retrieval process...for FREE! Very professional!

Would I recommend this 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with retina display to you, the reader? YES! But, be prepared to invest in a router that will support this MBP AND your smartphone, iPod, desktop, tablet.... (o:

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Wifi slow compared to old 13" 2011

The screen is extremely neat. A definite upgrade from my old 13" 2011 Macbook pro. The only complaint is the wifi issue. Sitting in the same room right next by each...Read complete review

The screen is extremely neat. A definite upgrade from my old 13" 2011 Macbook pro. The only complaint is the wifi issue. Sitting in the same room right next by each other, my old 13" macbook pro can load webpages much faster than this one. It is truly surprising and upsetting. Going onto speedtest, this computer does not even load the page (takes ~3 minutes) properly. On the contrary, my 13" macbook pro loads the page in seconds and shows my internet speed. I tried using other browsers, and it seems that only Firefox can load the page and display the internet speed. Even so, the latency is unbelievably large. I might return it if B&H can take it back. This might be a defect.

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5.0

Loved the feel and functionality

By Bakshish

from Charlotte, NC

About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Business Use
    • Graphics
    • Video
    • Web Browsing

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

    Ideal for high end photo and video processing. Quite fast processing with 16 GB RAM and Dual graphics card.Awesome for heavy applications with 512 GB SSD storage.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    Change from windows

    By Scott

    from Hendon,TN

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Trying getting use to Mac after decades with Windows. The speed of the machine is fantastic. Display is wonderful as well.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Solid Laptop for Video Production Work

        By Eagle Eye

        from Ridgefield, CT

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Video

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

          The laptop can be deceiving from the outside. It looks like a piece of jewelery, but it harness quite a bit of power for video, graphics and 3D work. It can edit HD, 2K or 4K and renders just has fast has a Windows i7 Quad core at 3.6 GHz. Adobe products fly on this thing. It can even utilize your GPU for CUDA acceleration by turning off the "automatic graphic switching" in your Apple energy saving preferences. If you need a very fast Internet connection, consider getting a ethernet adapter rather than going wifi. The wifi is fast, but a gigabit line is the way to go for quick uploads or downloads.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Excellent

          By Happy

          from Santa Clara

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Too Hot

            Best Uses

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

              The whole process from BH was very seamless ofcourse there is no need to review the macbook :)
              The first time I started it did heat up a lot need to find out why.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Beauty and Imperfection

              By Mr.Panda

              from Sarajevo

              About Me Multimedia Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast
              • Powerful
              • Quality Display

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Graphics
                • Music
                • Video

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

                I will start and end my comment on this piece of art with a quote from Mathew:
                "Beauty and Imperfection go together wonderfully» - Mathew Fox
                If you read between lines, you will get all the answers about this product that Apple created. And yes indeed, the most good looking and beautiful piece of hardware that I have ever owned. Nothing is perfect! But this laptop is very close to the meaning of this word. Fast and gettin` everything done!

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

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                5.0

                Excellent upgrade!

                By Cooper

                from Los Angeles, CA

                About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Poorly Designed Keyboard

                Best Uses

                • Graphics
                • Video

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

                I have a 2009 15" MBP so it was time for a speed boost and this new one has delivered! Fantastic battery life, beautiful screen and boots up faster than my desktop computer. I also got the Akitio Thunderdock to connect to my legacy peripherals and older external hard drives. So far so good!

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Wonderful Macbook

                By Alnmar

                from Miami

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

                Elegant, powerful, just a great machine.

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                5.0

                Best Laptop I've used ever.

                By Parker H

                from San Francisco. California

                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):

                  Let me first start off by saying this is the best laptop I have ever used. I use it in combination with adobe creative cloud and Maxon Cinema 4D and it works great! Definitely recommend it!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Great MacBook

                  By CY

                  from Alexandria, VA

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Fast
                  • Long Battery Life

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Business Use

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

                    Comparing with the latest version of 15.4", this one is just as good as the latest!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    A Great Apple Product

                    By FrankieD

                    from Toms River, NJ

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      This MacBook Pro is for home use and we have not added any extra software at this time. The laptop came with OSX Mavericks and it was an easy update to OSX Yosemite. Very fast and easy Mac user friendly interface. This unit replaces our previous seven year old MacBook Pro. No complaints and we are very happy with this purchase. Great price too! Thank you.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Amazing

                      By D-Train

                      from Houston, TX

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

                      Wow. I feel like I've been living in the dark all this time with my spinning hard disks and 4 gb of ram. This MacBook Pro is amazing: it boots up in less than 20 seconds and I have yet to find a program that will slow it down. Absolutely love it.

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                      5.0

                      great laptop

                      By WP

                      from wharton dr, newark, DE

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Too Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • Graphics
                      • Music
                      • Word Processing

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

                      The macbook is a great design with good looking. The discount is valueable of this macbook. The option of it is easy to learn, and many shortcuts improve the efficiency of my work.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      A good choice for college students

                      By John

                      from Ann Arbor, MI

                      About Me Technically Challenged

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Comfortable Keyboard
                      • Fast
                      • Quality Display
                      • Quiet

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Computations
                      • Graphics
                      • Video
                      • Word Processing

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

                      I am a graduate student in engineering field and I just got this nice machine couple of weeks ago. So far everything looks great, smooth operations, high-quality screen resolution, etc. Before I made the purchase, I am a little concerned about the compatibility as a engineering student due to the limited number of available software. The nice thing is B&H give the Parallel Desk for free which ideally solves the problem for me. The Late 2013 version of Macbook Pro has only minor difference with the Mid 2014 version, but saves a lot. I will recommend this laptop to whoever is hesitating whether to buy. The only issue I found out now is that the weight is a bit heavy, but I believe cause no problems to guys.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      I am satisfied so far

                      By Irene

                      from Virginia

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Too Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

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

                      I have used this mac pro everyday now and it is my first mac. Battery life is good, which is a big plus. Screen is nice and clear, although I don't have comparison with other old macs. It comes with the wifi file transfer function, but too slow, so I used my external hard drive to transfer all the documents. The only thing I have noticed is that it gets hot easily after I use skype for meetings, which is not uncommon among mac, I heard.

                      Overall, I am very satisfied with my purchase so far.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      Almost perfect laptop

                      By Mike

                      from Michigan

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

                      5 stars. Great all around laptop for business and personal use. Buy it you will not regret it. Save some money on this late 2013 model while you still can-it's almost the exact same computer as the mid-2014 model.

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                      5.0

                      Love this notebook

                      By Apolocal

                      from San Francisco

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

                      Reliable, steady, fast and beautiful. Really a great machine!

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                      5.0

                      Pretty amazing

                      By BrandNew old school guy

                      from Hawaii

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

                      Black Friday deal.Pretty amazing upgrade from my 2007 MBP.Boots up instantly. Super thin. Almost same specs as current 2014 MBP but less $$. Love it so far.

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                      4.0

                      pricey but great computer

                      By Marcy E

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Too Hot

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Fast beautiful computer. Love the retina display. Boots before you can look away and look back again. It's expensive as all hell. The fans run a lot.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Macbook pro 15 inch retina display

                      By Austinnguyen

                      from Dallas, Tx

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

                      This macbook pro has everything that i need. Best laptop i've purchased. Well worth the price. It can handle serious gaming, video editing, to music production.

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                      5.0

                      WIndows to Mac

                      By Evee3

                      from Temple City, CA

                      About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Incredibly fast and efficient. The boot-up time is ten times as fast as my previous computer. Ample storage and powerful graphics for playing the latest games. I was originally a windows person, but owning this mac has made me an apple fan.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

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