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Apple15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display
 
4.8

(based on 115 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (94)
  • Quality display (87)
  • Lightweight (82)
  • Good power output (79)
  • Quiet (78)

Cons

  • Short battery life (8)
  • Too hot (5)
  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Heavy (3)

Best Uses

  • Web browsing (70)
  • Graphics (69)
  • Video (69)
  • Music (60)
  • Word processing (47)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (49), Multimedia professional (22), Technically challenged (14), Avid gamer (4), Photographer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (59), Business (38)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Truly a feat of engineering

Before I had this computer I was a hardcore windows fan for home computers. Now I can safely say I have been converted. This computer is awesome. Before I got this I got...Read complete review

Before I had this computer I was a hardcore windows fan for home computers. Now I can safely say I have been converted. This computer is awesome. Before I got this I got a HP DV6t with similar specs for $ custom from HP. I loved that computer, that computer had better audio hardware than this does, and it looked better. However it was broken out of the box, i sent it in for repair and they sent it back to me still broken. So I got a refund, invested some more money, and got me one of these. Looking back I am so glad HP screwed up and caused me to get this computer, it is so much better. See the pros to see why.One of my favorite things to do on this laptop is run the Dolphin Gamecube emulator. Pair up a Microsoft wireless xbox 360 reciever for up to 4 controllers, and boom you have Gamecube games running at retina resolution. Most of the time full speed with the i7 Ivy Bridge in here. And it's portable. Who needs a PSP when you have this?

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

extremely short battery life

I bought this notebook 2 weekss ago. It is nice, lightweight and easy to use, but maybe because of Mountain Lion, a full battery last only 2 hours, which is abnormal.

I bought this notebook 2 weekss ago. It is nice, lightweight and easy to use, but maybe because of Mountain Lion, a full battery last only 2 hours, which is abnormal.

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5.0

15.4" MacBook Pro Retina excellent price

By Alex

from Sunnyvale, CA

About Me Heavy User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life
  • Powerful
  • Quality Display
  • Quiet
  • Slim design
  • Supper Reliable

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

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

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

I was really surprised to get 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina for sooooo good price. New perfect computer ....... for so good price. I am very happy and Thank you to the owners to gave me so good present. Best regards and please continue surprise customers.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

love it

By Happy

from Rockville, MD

About Me Technically Challenged

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Graphics
  • Web Browsing

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

so far I think it is great. Speed, responsive are as advertised. I use it at home and it feels as a personal computer should

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5.0

Beautiful display and fast!

By stavieb

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Multimedia Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quality Display

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Graphics

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

    I was working off a 7 year old Mac Book Pro so it's no surprise that this was quite an upgrade. It was very easy to transfer all my content from my old computer to my new one and it's so much faster. The retina display is really all it's cracked up to be.

    • Primary use:
    • Business

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    5.0

    surprising powerhouse in a little packag

    By Sandra at PhotoSpot

    from Northfield Minnesota.

    About Me Multimedia Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Long Battery Life
    • Quality Display

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Graphics

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

      This was just going to be a newer test machine for my growing business, but it is so fast and so powerful, that it may just become my primary machine!

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      What a deal!

      By Barbara

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

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

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

      This computer rocks. The price was SO great, especially since I didn't have to pay sales tax or shipping. It was a real bargain.

      The pros:
      * it is WICKED fast. Turn it on and you're up and running within seconds.
      * the retina display is astounding.

      The cons:
      * I've only had it for a few days, so I don't really have anything negative to say about it, other than the battery life isn't as great as the MacBook Air (but it is a larger computer so that makes a difference).

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Very satisfied

      By James Alan

      from Cambridge, MA

      About Me Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Long Battery Life
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display

      Cons

      • Freezes Up

      Best Uses

      • Graphics
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

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

      very robust, fast. the retina display is amazing

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      One of the best products Apple makes

      By Antonucci Designs

      from Fort Myers, Florida

      About Me Computer Artist Ninja, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Nada

      Best Uses

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

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

      I've used Macs and more specifically macbook pros for many years. The last model I had was a 17" from 2006. It lasted a long time and is still going. It was time to upgrade as anyone in the industry knows, you have to keep up with the times if you want to survive. This machine is the fastest I've ever worked with. I love the perfomance and the design. I'm Mac for life and this Macbook Pro is just another reason I'll never switch.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Very satisfied.

      By Marlowe

      from Albuquerque, NM

      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:

        Great computer, great price, great service from B&H! The retina display is crazy good.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Win-Win..... best price and best quality

        By Avid Apple User

        from Howell, NJ

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

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

          After much research, wanted best rated laptop and company behind my choice. Apple was rated best on both accounts. Then went in search of a good price. Price and service by B&H has always been outstanding.

          Product has met or excedded all expectations and price and delivery were typical B&H... great

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          4.0

          Different but Outstanding Laptop

          By none

          from Lindenhurst, IL.

          About Me Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Graphics
            • Video
            • Web Browsing

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

            I've had it a week. I intend to use it for photo editing and email.

            The retrina screen is excellent.

            I'm having to learn a new system, particularly the file system

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            Great product!

            By Juvarga

            from São Paulo, Brasil

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Comfortable Keyboard
            • Fast
            • Lightweight
            • Quality Display

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Business Use
              • Graphics
              • Video

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

              Light equipment, great resolution and good processing speed, with a very comfortable size screen.

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              GREAT LAPTOP!!

              By smartastech

              from 10036

              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:

                The boot time is great, speed etc. No CD drive or Ethernet but hey there are adapters for this. I am currently using it for school & minor video editing. It is doing a far better job than expected. Love my Macbook!

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                great price

                By FoX

                from San Jose, CA

                About Me Coder

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                • Poorly Designed Keyboard

                Best Uses

                • Graphics
                • Video
                • Web Browsing

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

                I got this mpb and connect it with two dell monitors, works well. the retina display mak other monitors looks kind of blur.
                Overall, it really great to get a mbp with this price.
                And it's really quite.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Great Laptop !!!

                By Jagcanes

                from Saint Augustine, FL

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    This is a great laptop. I got tired of the slow start up time for Windows based machines. This fires right up and is ready to go when you are. It is lightweight and does not burn your lap like some other machines.

                    The Retina display really brings my photos to life.

                    Added plus: great service, pricing, and delivery from B&H Photo

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great computer, at a lower price.

                    By Marat

                    from Chicago, IL

                    About Me Avid Gamer, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing

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

                    This is my second MacBook. I love these computers, for their solid frame, and performance. The only thing is I wish I knew about this store, when I bought my first MacBook. This sites prices are at least $150 lower than those at [*] store or [*].

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    LOVE IT

                    By jebloghan

                    from los angeles, ca

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      great computer, fast and light

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      Great Laptop

                      By Soccer Girl

                      from Santa Rosa

                      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:

                        I bought the Mac for my grand daughter to use in high school. She just loves it.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Loving this product

                        By Victorafr

                        from Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom

                        About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • none

                        Best Uses

                        • Business Use
                        • Graphics
                        • Music
                        • Video

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

                        Since i got my MacBook Pro i havent spent a day without using it!
                        Very fast, great graphics, its ideal for your studies and work too.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A great upgrade

                        By MadOverlord

                        from Wilmington, NC

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I've always been a fan of the 17" MBP's, but when it came time to replace my 2009 model, it was clear that the 15" Retina MBP was a better choice. It's easier to lug around when I am mobile, and makes a great desktop machine as well.

                            Protips: Put the MBP on a cheap dishrack (in my case, it's behind two large LCDs that are powered by the dual Thunderbolt MiniDisplayports. It gives you extra storage space for things like USB hubs, and also protects the laptop from the dreaded Pepsi-Syndrome. You will also want to get a USB3 hub to expand on the two USB3 ports on the machine. And big binder clips are great for organizing cables, you just clip them to the edge of the table or the dishrack, and run the cables through the wire handles.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business

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                            5.0

                            Everything you ever wanted from apple

                            By TyMy

                            from Pennsylvania

                            About Me Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Graphics
                              • Music
                              • Video

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

                              In daily life and video/photo projects.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal

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