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Apple15.4" MacBook Pro Notebook Computer with Retina Display
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (20)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (1)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (21)
  • Good power output (20)
  • Lightweight (15)
  • Quality display (14)
  • Long battery life (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Video (9)
  • Graphics (8)
  • Upgrade (6)
  • Music (4)
  • Business use (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Multimedia professional (7), Quality oriented (7), Tech savvy (7)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (12), Personal (11)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

SIMPLY AMAZING!

This notebook's speed is ridiculously impressive. I had a 2 year old MacBook Pro 17" that this replaced. Even thought the retina display has millions of more pixels than my previous machine...Read complete review

This notebook's speed is ridiculously impressive. I had a 2 year old MacBook Pro 17" that this replaced. Even thought the retina display has millions of more pixels than my previous machine I was worried the smaller form factor of 15" was going to make the experience less than ideal. I am hear to say that is not the case. Not only does it beautifully replace my 17" but the speed increase of everything is quite noticeable and even down right mind blowing. I am a graphics designer and media specialist and I spend 12-14hr days on this machine starring intently at the screen. I use 100's of apps and am in love with this display and this machines performance. I highly recommend it for designers, photographers, videographers, writers, anyone in the corporate world who deals with small print for contracts, lawyers, or those who experience eyes strain while looking at screens. Needless to say I am very happy with my purchase!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

BEWARE!!!!

This is an old version of rMBP.

This is an old version of rMBP.

Reviewed by 23 customers

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5.0

Fast & Powerful, Great for Photo Editing

By Jason

from St. Paul, MN

About Me Tech Savvy

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Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Short Battery Life
  • Too Hot

Best Uses

  • Graphics
  • Video

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

Upgraded to this computer for a very old Lenovo Thinkpad R400, so this isn't even a fair review. This computer blows my old one out of the water. I upgraded to 768GB SSD, 16GB RAM, and i7 processor.
My photo editing process has sped up, and I can easily handle the large file sizes of the newer 24MP+ cameras. Battery does get quite hot when rendering 1:1 previews in Lightroom 4 or performing other high processing jobs.

  • Primary use:
  • Personal

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5.0

Stunning display and performance

By Carlosthejackal

from Laguna Beach, CA

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Build quality
  • Comfortable Keyboard
  • Fast
  • Lightweight
  • Long Battery Life
  • No Nonsense Design
  • Powerful
  • Quality Display
  • Quiet

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • Music
    • Web Browsing
    • Word Processing

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

    The resolution is exceptional, text is incredibly crisp. This machine is very fast, is lightweight and solid as a rock.
    I use use it at home for photography, music, surfing the web, email, documents and artwork. The SSD storage is quiet and does not seem to generate as much heat as a conventional hard drive.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    5.0

    My first Mac. Great for my photography!

    By Jason

    from St. Paul, MN

    About Me Tech Savvy

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Short Battery Life
    • Too Hot

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • photo editing

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

    My primary use is for photography. I run Lightroom 4, PTGui, Photomatix, and soon Photoshop CS6.
    For not having owned a mac before, I find the usability quite intuitive. There are a few things that I am trying to learn that I knew how to do on a PC, but am not sure how to do on my Mac yet, but that is probably just my learning curve.

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    • Personal

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    1.0

    BEWARE!!!!

    By well1008

    from Union City, CA

    Verified Buyer

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

    This is an old version of rMBP.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal

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    4.0

    It's not all that

    By mt

    from WA

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable Keyboard
    • Fast
    • Lightweight
    • Quality Display

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        It's alright but missing a dvd player and if you run couple of applications on it at the same time then the fan starts running and it's not quiet

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        5.0

        Love it, best price around, too

        By David K

        from Bartonsville PA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Busfriendly Backlit Keybd
        • Fast
        • Lightweight
        • Long Battery Life
        • Quality Display
        • Tether To Iphone Wireless

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Video

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

          The new macbook pro is a great thin light computer for carrying back and forth to work, and the battery life has been great, always outlasting my ~2 hour commute, even watching hidef videos :-)

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Super fast laptop

          By JC

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Multimedia Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Lack Of More Ports

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Video

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

          This is a really light and capable machine. I love how fast it boots up thanks to the solid state hard drive. I just wish it had just one more Thunderbolt port so I can have my ethernet cable, firewire Drobo, and minidisplay port cables attached simultaneously. For now, I have to compromise and go w/ a Wi-Fi which limits my FIOS internet connection speeds a bit.

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          • Business

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          5.0

          Awesome machine!

          By Kevin

          from Newport Beach & Miami Beach

          About Me Multimedia Professional, Professional Photographer, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • 3d Rendering
            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Processing Retouching
            • Video
            • Web Browsing
            • Word Processing

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

            This processes my massive photo files extremely fast. Best Macbook Pro yet!

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            Beauty and brains

            By 2nfinite

            from Sacramento, CA

            About Me Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Long Battery Life
            • Powerful
            • Quality Display

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                Fantastic display, high capacity SSD, and very fast for software development, system simulation, and running Win7/Linux VMs.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                Fast and powerful

                By Clerimont

                from Fortuna, CA

                About Me 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:

                  Purchased this to replace my aging 17 inch MacBook. Would have bought another 17 inch but Apple does not make one. Use this machine for business and pleasure. Amazing to see the power in such a small machine. Quality build throughout and you cannot beat the deal on Applecare with a purchase at B&H. No real con other than I would have preferred a 17 inch machine (I know I know about the Retina display but as I start needing reading glasses bigger and more landscape is definitely better). Would absolutely recommend this machine to anyone.

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                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Greatest Apple 15

                  By Spanky

                  from Santa Barbara

                  About Me Multimedia Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

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

                    This silent speed demon forms the nucleus of my new video post production facility, super responsive, gorgeous retina display, no spinning optical or hard drives, thunderbolt connectivity ... there is no good argument to not purchase this laptop. Full resolution, High Definition Video plays back flawlessly and editing is a joy. Nothing on the market today can touch it, I recommend this without hesitation!

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                    • Business

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                    5.0

                    Best laptop ever

                    By Stick

                    from Dallas

                    About Me Multimedia Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Video

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

                      If you have never owned a laptop with ssds in it, it's incredible. This is literally the best computer I have ever used. The new mbps are very thin and super fast. I ly problem is they're expensive. $ . Ouch

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                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      AMAZING NOTEBOOK

                      By Michelle

                      from Manhattan

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Cost

                      Best Uses

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

                        Fast
                        Beautiful, detailed display
                        Used for photo editing, word processing, internet

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal

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                        5.0

                        Awesome

                        By JD

                        from MD

                        About Me Multimedia Professional

                        Pros

                        • Fast
                        • Powerful
                        • Quality Display
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Video

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

                          it'll blow you away. Seriously.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business

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                          5.0

                          Retina display

                          By tedcorr

                          from Campinas, SP Brazil

                          About Me Multimedia Professional, Music Production

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Business Use
                            • Graphics
                            • Music

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

                            For work area, this macbook pro retina is just wonder full! i have more work space in this 15" display, than in my i Mac 27".

                            awesome!

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                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Excellent product. I would recommend it

                            By Pappas

                            from Chicago, Illinois

                            About Me Multimedia Professional, Student studying film

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Video

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

                              On and offsite video editing. The 16 meg of Ram is great and the 768 mb of solid state drive make drams come true. It's fast. Really fast.Great service from B&H.

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                              • Business

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                              5.0

                              Retina display is awesome!

                              By Summer

                              from Washington, DC

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Enhance Experience
                                • Replacement

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

                                love this new computer. the retina display really makes a huge difference, even for the casual user. i wish they would put the retina display on a smaller notebook, but the 15" is not too big.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal

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                                5.0

                                SIMPLY AMAZING!

                                By El Scootador

                                from Orange, CA

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast
                                • Gorgeous Screen
                                • Light
                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Wish it had 3 USB3 Ports

                                Best Uses

                                • Graphic Design
                                • Legal Documents
                                • Photography
                                • Remote Administration
                                • Software development
                                • Traveling
                                • Video editing
                                • Web Design
                                • Writers

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

                                This notebook's speed is ridiculously impressive. I had a 2 year old MacBook Pro 17" that this replaced. Even thought the retina display has millions of more pixels than my previous machine I was worried the smaller form factor of 15" was going to make the experience less than ideal. I am hear to say that is not the case. Not only does it beautifully replace my 17" but the speed increase of everything is quite noticeable and even down right mind blowing. I am a graphics designer and media specialist and I spend 12-14hr days on this machine starring intently at the screen. I use 100's of apps and am in love with this display and this machines performance. I highly recommend it for designers, photographers, videographers, writers, anyone in the corporate world who deals with small print for contracts, lawyers, or those who experience eyes strain while looking at screens. Needless to say I am very happy with my purchase!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business

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                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                grate

                                By geronis

                                from yehud tel aviv

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Upgrade

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

                                  Grate screen fast

                                  • Primary use:
                                  • Personal

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                                  5.0

                                  From Powerbook G4 to this, a revelation!

                                  By Runtfish

                                  from Petrolia, CA

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Replacement
                                    • Upgrade

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

                                    Going from a 7 or 8 year old Powerbook G4 to this is like going from a model -T to a spaceship. I've only had it for a few days, but it is amazing to open the lid and have the computer boot in a few seconds as opposed to minutes.

                                    • Primary use:
                                    • Business

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