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Apple15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer
 
4.8

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (17)
  • Quality display (15)
  • Comfortable keyboard (14)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Quiet (14)

Cons

  • Heavy (3)
  • Too hot (3)

Best Uses

  • Video (11)
  • Web browsing (10)
  • Graphics (9)
  • Music (8)
  • Word processing (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Multimedia professional (10), Tech savvy (8), Avid gamer (3)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (14), Business (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

College Bound and so happy.

Bought this for my son who is entering college this year. Wanted to get an Apple laptop that is still upgradable so hopefully this will last him until graduation.
Nothing bad to say...Read complete review

Bought this for my son who is entering college this year. Wanted to get an Apple laptop that is still upgradable so hopefully this will last him until graduation.
Nothing bad to say about the laptop, maybe a little pricey but that's what Apples cost, it more like an investment in my son's future.
Didn't feel the need for Retina display since it's mainly for school.
Plus Retina is not upgradable and I'm worried about problems they may find
later regarding display.
I'll always buy Apple.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

I was unlucky.

I was unlucky, the operating system does not seem to be ok. I had to pay a technician to re install it.

I was unlucky, the operating system does not seem to be ok. I had to pay a technician to re install it.

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5.0

Good Computer

By theviolinist7

from Buffalo Grove, IL

About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Loud Clicking Mousepad
  • Too Hot

Best Uses

  • Music

Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

It's very fast, and it has a lot of memory and RAM. It charges quickly, and its battery life is very good. It is a very efficient computer. The only con is that I am usually a Windows user, so the shortcuts, mouse, and keyboard is still a little foreign to me.

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5.0

Unbiased View: Near perfect for Mac/Win

By DJ Gin Capachinno

from Indiana, USA

About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • 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:

    I bought this MBP for mobile Video DJ and software development. For years I've DJ'ed only on Windows based systems and I own older iMac computers just for Music/Video editing & Comp Science uses so I'm well aware of the pros of cons between PC and MAC.

    THE GOOD:
    Upgradeable/Replaceable parts (HardDisk, Memory, Battery, etc.) Unlike Retina models
    Stable OS & Included software
    Bootable by USB, SDcard, CD/DVD, and Thunderbolt devices
    MultiTouch Touch Pad (Good for Windows 8)
    No bloatware, ads, or popups when you first turn it on.
    Solid Quality Workhorse
    Compatible as Linux, Windows XP/Vista/7/8, Ubuntu, Fadora Machine.
    *Gaming (*depending on the game and if running Windows or Mac OSX)
    **Blu-Ray compatible (**See THE BAD for more details)

    THE BAD:
    Glass over the screen is thin and fragile
    No included remote control for the IR (older models came with them)
    Expensive adapters needed to utilize Multi Screen or Cloning/Mirror Screen
    No Blu-Ray Burn/Player (**3rd party options are only way currently, but does work)
    Picture is not as pretty as Retina, but It is still great considering.
    only 2 USB ports
    Shocks or Tingels to touch without being grounded (Use 3 prong plug)
    trouble booting from firewire when connected to iMac in Target Disk Mode
    very different if you are accustom to using windows.
    Insanely expensive if buying upgrades from Apple.
    A money pit for its peripherals and accessories.
    Heavy compared to its MB Air or MBP Retina, but no different than some Windows Gaming Laptops.

    So unless you're a professional I can't justify buying this machine even for most students. There are many cheaper alternatives, however for what I do I require the reliability for my performances that this system provides.
    Always remember "You get what you pay for".
    I'd give it 4.5 stars if it were possible.

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    • Personal

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    5.0

    Everyone Needs A Mac

    By Rooster

    from Milaca, MN

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Music
      • Video
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

      We use this Mac mainly at home. Fast, easy to use, and the kids love it.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal

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      5.0

      Amazingly fast

      By Ashish

      from San Jose, CA

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • programming

      Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

      Mostly use it for programming. Great graphics, would be easy if you want to upgrade the RAM in the future as compared to the Retina model.

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      • Personal

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      5.0

      Awesome for Graphics

      By Sara

      from New York

      About Me Multimedia Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • Video

        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

        Once you go Mac you can't go back. I am not an avid follower of brand names, but when it comes to graphics - there is no other computer that comes close to an Apple. The Adobe package runs fast and smooth. Images are crystal clear. However, if I wasn't using my computer for graphics, i would probably search the market for other alternatives.

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        • Business

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        5.0

        Very good iMac desk top replacement!

        By wmwchanea

        from Femont, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable Keyboard
        • Fast
        • Powerful
        • Quality Display
        • Quiet
        • Very fast processor

        Cons

        • none

        Best Uses

        • photo editing
        • Video

        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

        Use this Mac Book Pro for photo and video editing. It is very fast.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        A great desktop replacement

        By Zaphod

        from Wallingford, CT

        About Me Multimedia Professional, Photographer, Tech Professional, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Touchpad very sensitive

        Best Uses

        • Graphics
        • photo editing
        • Video

        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

        I was on the fence between a Macbook Pro or a new iMac for editing my photographs. I'm happy I chose the Macbook Pro. The 15 inch screen has a much better resolution and my old Windows/ Dell 17 inch monitor so zooming in to touch up photos. I'm sure the 27 inch iMac would be just as useful but I couldn't take it on the road like I can the Macbook.

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        • Personal

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        5.0

        Love my new computer!!!

        By Iwa

        from Laguna Beach, CA.

        About Me Multimedia Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Non Of This
        • No Of This Applies

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

        This is an awesome, fast, multi-tasking computer that I use mainly for video editing & I love it!!! It's well designed, fast and very efficient in many ways! I would definitely recommend this computer to a friend :)

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Great Buy

        By Opieland Productions

        from North Myrtle Beach, SC

        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
          • Music
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

          I am currently using my new MacBook Pro as my main computer for my mobile digital recording studio. It has solid construction and operates very fast and efficiently. I would highly recommend it if you are in the market for a new laptop.

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          3.0

          I was unlucky.

          By Gabi

          from Rio de Janeiro, RJ

          About Me Multimedia Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Comfortable Keyboard
          • Fast
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Freezes Up
          • Too Hot

          Best Uses

          • Video

          Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

          I was unlucky, the operating system does not seem to be ok. I had to pay a technician to re install it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Very good laptop!

          By Video Guy

          from St. Louis

          About Me Computer Professional, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Long Battery Life
          • Quality Display
          • Quiet

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Music
            • Some Video Editing
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            Just sold a 2011 Macbook Pro for the 2012. The 2012 is quieter, a little faster, and the addition of USB3 was well worth it. I use this laptop as a backup Final Cut X production machine, second to a 2012 MacPro, and as a business laptop for a side business for computer network design and installation. As a personal/small business laptop, the MacBook is exceptional. I use it for anything from remote management of servers, phone systems, network analysis,etc. As a Final Cut X machine, it is pretty good. To render a 28 min. 30s television show can take a approximately 2hours and 45 min. That is a little better than the 2011 MacBook but not much. The new CPU fans are significantly quieter than the 2011 when you are running at 90% CPU utilization. The USB3 is a God send, making significantly cheaper to add storage and move large amounts of data. I do have a thunderbolt drive, but the cost and lack of support with other platforms and the MacPro is a huge disadvantage. Overall great computer.

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            4.0

            I will buy this Mac again

            By Hoppy

            from Trinidad

            About Me Multimedia Professional

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life
            • Too Hot

            Best Uses

            • Graphics
            • Web Browsing

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            This is my first Mac and Wacom intuos 5 combo, it's wonderful, you really can't go wrong. But their are two things I am not comfortable with, it's running pretty hot, and the battery life is about 3 hours max.

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            Just What You Expect

            By Nicky

            from Pasadena, CA

            About Me Avid Gamer, Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

            This is the same design Apple's been using for years so I'm already familiar with it, and that's not a bad thing. Elegant design and so far, very reliable. Fast components, too, though not top of the line compared to some Windows laptops.

            Heavier than the Retina version, and of course the screen isn't as beautiful, but still a great package at a much more sensible price.

            Great experience shopping with B&H too!

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            • Personal

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            5.0

            I am very satisfied with the product

            By Zodbi

            from Brazil - Sao Paulo

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  I am very satisfied with the product and also with the wonderful shop, I hope to always buy

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  Very Satisfactory Product

                  By A the College Student

                  from Atlanta, Ga

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Short Battery Life

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphics
                  • Video
                  • Web Browsing

                  Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                  So far I have mainly used the laptop for editing videos/making movies and editing photos. It is fast, has an excellent display, no noisy fan (although the bottom does get quite hot if used for an extensive period of time), and the video editing software is fantastic. The laptop was one that was recommended to me for journalism school, and so far I think it's certainly been a worthy investment. The word processing software is also quite good; so far I'm not missing microsoft word! The battery does run out more on the fast side than the slow side, but I also keep the display brightness turned all the way up. Overall, an excellent machine.

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                  • Personal

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                  5.0

                  MacBook Pro

                  By Donna

                  from Gainesville, FL

                  About Me Technically Challenged

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Comfortable Keyboard
                  • Fast
                  • Quality Display

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                    Just opened my new MacBook Pro and am getting used to the wonderful programs and features of this amazing laptop.

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                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    College Bound and so happy.

                    By St. Mary's Gael

                    from San Francisco

                    About Me Avid Gamer, Student, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Beautiful Design
                    • Built for quality
                    • Built well
                    • Comfortable Keyboard
                    • Fast
                    • Less chances of viruses
                    • Long Battery Life
                    • Powerful
                    • Quality Display
                    • Quiet
                    • Upgradable

                    Cons

                    • None really

                    Best Uses

                    • College Work
                    • E mailing
                    • Gaming
                    • Graphics
                    • Music
                    • Video
                    • Web Browsing
                    • Word Processing

                    Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                    Bought this for my son who is entering college this year. Wanted to get an Apple laptop that is still upgradable so hopefully this will last him until graduation.
                    Nothing bad to say about the laptop, maybe a little pricey but that's what Apples cost, it more like an investment in my son's future.
                    Didn't feel the need for Retina display since it's mainly for school.
                    Plus Retina is not upgradable and I'm worried about problems they may find
                    later regarding display.
                    I'll always buy Apple.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Great

                    By Javed the Genius

                    from Corona, CA

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Apple 15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer:

                        I wanted a computer that is both powerful enough for video editing and gaming. This laptop is the one. I use this computer to edit avchd videos and will use skyrim online on this.

                        Things that are great: fast, lots of stuff in it, and is such an enjoying computer for surfing the web and switching between full screen applications. Screen is so clear as well.

                        Things that aren't so great: gets very hot sometimes. Not sure if this is just an individual problem

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                        • Personal

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