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

(based on 78 reviews)

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    (8)

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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.

VS

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.

      • Primary use:
      • 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

                    • Primary use:
                    • 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.

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                      • 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.

                            • Primary use:
                            • 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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