REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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

(based on 70 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (62)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (58)
  • Good power output (58)
  • Quality display (39)
  • Quiet (36)
  • Lightweight (29)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Graphics (30)
  • Video (24)
  • Business use (22)
  • Music (20)
  • Web browsing (20)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (23), Quality oriented (21), Multimedia professional (12), Technically challenged (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (33), Business (28)

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:

VS

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.

Reviewed by 70 customers

Sort by

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Exceeds Expectations

By IslandDawg

from San Juan Islands, WA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast
  • 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 am a Mac person, starting in 1986 with a Mac SE. Over the years, I've had great, and not so great experiences with the different iterations of Apple's machines. For number of years now the integration with both other Apple products and the bigger digital world (PCs, internet, etc.) has been seamless. i have a small business and use website software, Quickbooks, and the usual mix of word processors, spreadsheets and browsers. This is the first machine that just moves about effortlessly and instantly does the work.I upgraded from a 2006 Macbook Pro and the difference is night and day. This particular machine received a higher Speedmark 9 score from Macworld than the current model and costs $ less. I live on an island off the west coast of Washington and, with the B&H free expedited shipping the computer was in my hands less than 2 days after I ordered it!

    • Primary use:
    • Business

    Share this review

     
    5.0

    Great computer with a beautiful display

    By ScubaStevo

    from Garwood, NJ

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Video
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

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

      We use the Macbook Pro for email, internet surfing, office software as well as sending messages and video chat via FaceTime and syncing with our iPhones. The new Macbook is lightning fast, has great download speed and feels thinner and lighter than my previous non-Retina display. Aside from the price relative to other computers with similar specs, this is truly a robust machine for everyday use.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

      Share this review

       
      5.0

      Awesome laptop

      By Alex M.

      from Foothill Ranch, CA

      About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 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):

        Love the computer. Runs all the apps my Macbook Air ran slowly with absolutely no drag and the screen is to die for!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        Love my new computer!

        By Gonetopottery

        from Farmington, NM

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

        Miss the DVD player but love the speed

        Share this review

         
        5.0

        My first Mac

        By KimberlySpins

        from New Orleans, LA

        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):

          This was my first mac purchase, I didn't even have an iPhone so the entire Apple world other than iTunes was alien to me. I decided on a macbook pro because all of my professional photographer friends assured me it would help me work faster, edit faster, just do everything faster and more seamlessly. The first day was not nice. I said bad words. I decided Apple was out to get me. I couldn't get the hang of anything. And then that night everything just clicked into place. In ONE DAY I went from tears of frustration to being able to do everything I needed to do. Now I hate when I have to use my old PC for anything. I adore my Mac and couldn't imagine switching back. Everything seems to be more intuitive and take less steps. For example I didn't even have to download the drivers for my wireless printer. It just asked if it wanted to connect to it, I clicked yes and done- printing. I love it so much. Other than my camera, this laptop is the best purchase that I've made in a very long time. And I can't say enough about the retina display, my pictures look sharper and it makes it so much easier to work on them. Plus they look extra impressive when I show slideshows to clients. P.S. The battery lasts FOREVER and the lighted keyboard- fantastic.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

          Share this review

           
          5.0

          I highly recommend this computer.

          By Sandr

          from Sacramento, CA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Photography
            • Video

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

            The greatest computers I have ever used.The retina display is absolutely amazing. 16gb Ram, 2 gb NVIDIA Graphics, and SSD makes this laptop extraordinarily fast. I use it for photography. Yes, I would recommend it for anyone!

            • Primary use:
            • Business

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            Powerful laptop

            By bmesh

            from Mountain View, CA

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy
            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video

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

            I'm a data scientist, and so I use a lot of RAM, CPU and graphics. I upgraded my Macbook Air to the pro, which I've already been using at work. It's lightning fast and super reliable!

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            So much power for the price

            By Photo tech

            from Los Angeles

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

            Serious computing power for raw work flows.

            Share this review

             
            5.0

            What can I say faster than the 2014

            By Tristan

            from New York, NY

            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):

              This model benches faster than the 2014 refresh. VERY happy with the purchase.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

              Share this review

               
              5.0

              It's worth that money

              By Trung Vo

              from Chicago, IL, USA

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 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):

                It works very well, fast and furious! There is only one point which is after unboxing it, the power cycle count was shown up 3, I thought it must be 0, but I don't mind it anymore, my Mac works great :).

                • Primary use:
                • Personal

                Share this review

                 
                5.0

                It is tooo awesome!!

                By Tantalusking01

                from Honolulu,Hawaii

                About Me Technically Challenged

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Comfortable Keyboard
                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • 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):

                  Its my first mac I was kinda scared that I might can't use it...lol
                  But it is way easier than windows computer for me!
                  Super fast start up everything just awesome.

                  Shipping was crazy fast.
                  It only tool 2 days to arrive to Hawaii!!
                  Amzing!!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

                  Share this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Boom!!!

                  By Sparkastory

                  from San Diego, CA

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Heavy
                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Business Use
                  • Graphics
                  • Video

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

                  Used for video editing with Final Cut Pro X. Love the mobile power.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

                  Share this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Best laptop ever,!

                  By Eric W. Huaman

                  from Woodbridge, Virginia, USA.

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

                  This is an amazing piece of technology. Very fast, light and powerful. I'm very happy with the service an purchase of this product. I'll definitely recommend this product to anyone that want to get the best of portable laptops.

                  Share this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Awesome MacBook Pro

                  By Dj C

                  from Newark, CA

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Music

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

                    Awesome laptop for DJin' and V-Dj. Very Fast and powerful video card.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

                    Share this review

                     
                    5.0

                    Excellent Computer

                    By Vies

                    from IL

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          It is reliable and artistically made​​, very successful purchase

                          • Primary use:
                          • Personal

                          Share this review

                           
                          5.0

                          great machine

                          By seanu

                          from santa clara, ca

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • 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):

                            wonderful machine. does just what it is supposed to do. never in your way of getting things done. for those of you windows aficionados, try this and you'll never go back.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

                            Share this review

                             
                            5.0

                            Great, light and reliable

                            By CTanabe

                            from Los Angeles, CA / Sao Paulo, Brazil

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast
                            • Lightweight
                            • Quality Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Business Use
                              • Graphics

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

                              I used to have a 2007 mac book pro and for the last 2-3 years I couldn't do basic things, it had become really slow. So I got this computer and have loved it since. The retina display is great and the computer is pretty light overall, so I can carry it easily. It worked pretty fast with larger image files and with the creative suite, but I'm yet to test it with video editing / final cut.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

                              Share this review

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great hardware, not so great OS

                              By ckbknyc

                              from Brooklyn NY

                              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Mavericks

                              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):

                              Love my new MBPr. Super fast, the SSD and processor speeds puts my 2010 Mac Pro tower to shame.
                              Only complaint is Mavericks, which is surprisingly bad. Very buggy in general and the first OS to not only not support FCP7 (which, like it or not Apple, a lot of film/TV professionals still need to use,) but seems to be openly hostile to it.
                              Otherwise amazing hardware in a very light weight design.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business

                              Share this review

                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Laptop

                              By Sam

                              from Los Angeles, CA

                              About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Business Use
                                • Graphics

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

                                Great graphics, amazing performance. You can never go wrong with an apple product.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

                                Share this review

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Waited too long

                                By Computer Expert

                                from Lakewood, NJ

                                About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Heavy

                                Best Uses

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

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

                                I've been in IT support for 20 years, in fact I started out as a Mac phone support person for MacWarehouse back in 1994. I made the move to PC's only in 96 and hadn't looked back until just recently when my eyes ran across a Macbook Pro using Parallels. So not that I've bought a new Macbook, I will never by a PC again. I have the best of both worlds and waited too long to jump back in to the mac arena. Needless to say, I'm here to stay.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

                                Share this review

                                Displaying reviews 1-20

                                Back to top

                                Previous | Next »