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

(based on 29 reviews)

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    (24)

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    (4)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast (26)
  • Good power output (25)
  • Quality display (21)
  • Quiet (19)
  • Lightweight (17)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Video (18)
    • Graphics (16)
    • Web browsing (14)
    • Music (12)
    • Business use (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Tech savvy (16), Multimedia professional (8), Quality oriented (7)
      • Primary use:
      • Personal (14), Business (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    You pay for what you get!

    I upgraded to the MacBook Pro Retina from the old unibody MacBook Pro that I've been using for the last 4 years. I highly recommend power users or people who run Parallels vm ware...Read complete review

    I upgraded to the MacBook Pro Retina from the old unibody MacBook Pro that I've been using for the last 4 years. I highly recommend power users or people who run Parallels vm ware to upgrade their ram to 16GB. Mountain Lion uses a lot of memory and with a couple of browsers open, Mail and iMessages you'll easily use up 4.5 - 6GB of RAM. With 16GB of ram it allows me to run Windows 7, XP and Mountain Lion at the same time! No worries about maxing out your 8GB. One of the most noticeable thing with the MBP Retina is the beautiful screen. For users that have never own a MBP, they might not recognize the vidid colors and clarity of the screen. But for previous MBP owners or anyone doing a side by side comparison with their personal laptop screen, the difference is like regular TV to HDTV! All the little details like picture thumbnails is so clear, you won't see any pixelation at all. All your photos and images taken in iPhoto etc is super clear.As far as performance it's super fast with the SSD drive. Biggest improvement is how much faster Parallels for VM like Windows run. Boots quickly every single time, however, I was expecting it to wake up faster whenever it goes into sleep mode. Powernap feature is also very useful, just make sure that your application is still open for it to run (Mail etc). After a week of using, I noticed the battery life was getting shorter and a lot of people with the MBPR was experiencing this (about 3-4 hrs of use). Try resetting the PRAM, it helped me fixed that problem...at least for now. It should be at least 5.5 hrs + with regular usage. Another problem that was very common with all owners is that FaceTime and Photo Booth camera is very fuzzy and has this slight tint over it. I was expecting it to be very clear, at least look like the iPhone. I hope this is a software issue not a hardware problem that would be fixed by Apple soon, but go to your local Apple store and test out FaceTime and you'll see the problem.I ended up buying the Apple Ethernet adapter to transfer my data from the old MBP over as well as for future use. Also the Apple USB SuperDrive in case I want to burn DVD/CDs. Overall, this is an excellent top of the line laptop with the specs included. Although it does run cooler than the previous gen model, it does get hot at times depending on what you're doing. My only wish was that Apple would of made the design stand out a little bit more instead of just making it thinner. Spending this kind of money on the laptop, you do want people to immediately notice that it's the latest model! But I've been waiting for 4 years for a new model release and it was still worth the upgrade.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Beautiful screen but.....

    Just not as great as I thought it would be. Yes, the screen is beautiful, but the computer itself shuts downs randomly while in the middle of using it. Most logitech mouse and...Read complete review

    Just not as great as I thought it would be. Yes, the screen is beautiful, but the computer itself shuts downs randomly while in the middle of using it. Most logitech mouse and microsoft mouse do not work seamlessly with it, meaning the tracking and pointing seems a tiny bit off. Just little bugs here and there. Apple support at the Genius is arrogant and they act like they've never heard of anything wrong with these macs. I had a mac many years ago. It was great. These new ones, definitely not same quality as before.

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    5.0

    Great Computer

    By Heartex

    from Texas

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

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

      Great Screen. The longer you use it the easier it is on the eye strain. Powerful and with the extra ram the fan has yet to come on. The best computer I have ever own.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      I feel Raptured

      By Jared the Not-so-Chaste

      from San Diego, CA

      About Me Challenged - Savvy, Figure Stuff Out Fast, Relatively Successful

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Comfortable Keyboard
      • Fast
      • Lightweight
      • Long Battery Life
      • Men Want To Be Me
      • Much More Productive
      • Powerful
      • Quality Display
      • Quiet
      • Women Think I Am Hotter

      Cons

      • My Ego Is Out Of Control
      • No Ethernet

      Best Uses

      • Business Use
      • Graphics
      • Music
      • Video
      • Watching Movies W Women
      • Web Browsing
      • Word Processing

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

      the glory that evangelical Christians would feel if they suddenly got raptured is a couple of grades lower than my experience with my MacBook Pro Retina and B&H. I have a small startup (want to go to relatively successful then big). I'm super cost sensitive and short of buying a wildcard computer off of [*], this was fast, easy and had more than I wanted for less than I budgeted. The guys I talked with (John, I think) in service was straightforward and great. Didn't pitch, just gave good info. I'm shopping through only you guys from now on. And to make the deal even sweeter, I ordered 3rd day delivery and the computer showed up less than 24 hours after I placed my order (I live in San Diego and these cats are in the BK, extra impressive).Jared

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Blazing fast

      By Schism

      from Cleveland,TN

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • 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:

        This is my first Mac. I've been an iPhone/iPod/iPad user for several years. I read tons of reviews and gots lots of opinions about which MacBook to buy before I purchased. Everything told me to get the 15" because of the dedicated graphics card. And I mainly wanted this for photo and video editing, so the retina display is a must. This notebook is so much faster than my old PC notebook it's crazy. My PC was a quad core with 8gb ram and a dedicated graphics card but the speed difference is like a bicycle to a Ferrari. Even though it is my first Mac I've been finding my way around pretty well. So ease of use is definitely up there. I definitely recommend getting a portable hard drive. I've got a 500gb drive that holds my iTunes files since they can't fit on the internal SSD.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        3.0

        Beautiful screen but.....

        By BusinessGal

        from Atlanta, GA

        About Me Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Freezes Up
        • Shuts down randomly

        Best Uses

        • Video
        • Web Browsing

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

        Just not as great as I thought it would be. Yes, the screen is beautiful, but the computer itself shuts downs randomly while in the middle of using it. Most logitech mouse and microsoft mouse do not work seamlessly with it, meaning the tracking and pointing seems a tiny bit off. Just little bugs here and there. Apple support at the Genius is arrogant and they act like they've never heard of anything wrong with these macs. I had a mac many years ago. It was great. These new ones, definitely not same quality as before.

        • Primary use:
        • Business

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        5.0

        Nice powerful computer

        By Jerry.S

        from Bridgeport,CT

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Graphics
          • Video
          • Web Browsing
          • Word Processing

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

          The computer meets every expectation. I think this computer is ideal for high end usage requirements. Great job Apple and great job B & H for providing excellent service and the most cost effective purchase.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal

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          5.0

          Amazing Notebook!!

          By schmee11

          from Raleigh NC

          About Me Multimedia Professional

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Business Use
            • Graphics
            • Music
            • Video

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

            the retina display is unreal....very very fast machine!!!

            • Primary use:
            • Business

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            5.0

            So powerful. So fast. So well designed.

            By Gusmedia

            from Bethlehem, PA

            About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • 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:

              Pros:
              * SSD makes this MBP lightning fast; no more overheating!!!
              * Syncing everything is super quick and very intuitive
              * Sleek, slim new lighter design is wonderful
              * HDMI built in is great!
              * Battery life is fantastic
              * Adobe Suite Software loads instantly
              * Fantastic display
              * Features are endless...

              Cons:
              * No ethernet, but Apple sells a converter
              * No CD/DVD drive, but everything is downloadable these days anyway
              * Retina display clarity only native to Apple software for now;
              rest of the world has to catch up

              • Primary use:
              • Business

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              5.0

              Excellent MBP

              By Bhimesh

              from Fremont,CA

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Music
              • Video
              • Web Browsing
              • Word Processing

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

              I have purchased MBP 15" two weeks ago. I enjoy browsing, watching streaming videos on it and found lot of ease in debugging java applications.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Great machine!

              By Bruno Julião

              from Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil

              About Me Avid Gamer, Technically Challenged

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              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 was looking for a powerful machine, but could not find anything that match the muscles and beauty of this one. I'm serious. It's a little expensive, but works perfectly.

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                5.0

                As always Apple is the best!

                By sergioblbertea

                from Argentina

                About Me Multimedia Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast
                • Lightweight
                • Powerful
                • Quality Display
                • Quiet

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Graphics
                  • Music
                  • Video

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

                  an amazing machine!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  5.0

                  Awesome machine

                  By Scott

                  from Eau Claire, WI

                  About Me Application Developer, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Graphics
                    • programming
                    • Video

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

                    The thinness, retina screen, and SSD of this macbook makes the price totally worth it. Great machine, well constructed, looks great, super quiet, fast. I got the 256 GB SSD and was a little concerned about the smaller size, but I think you're better off spending money on a NAS instead of the extra SSD space if you have a lot of things to store such as HD video and/or music.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal

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                    5.0

                    Best laptop

                    By Sri

                    from Santa Clara, 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
                      • Video
                      • Web Browsing
                      • Word Processing

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

                      This is the best laptop you can find in the market. Either for mac or windows. It looks expensive, but if you configure any other laptop in the market with all the specifications, most of the costs lot more. And also the tight integration of all the components flash drives makes the machine really fast. I run a windows, chromeOS and Mac OS X using parallels all the time. It feels very natural. Once you use this machine with Retina, its really hard to go back to any other computer.

                      Well worth the extra money spending for retina. It gives less stress to eyes who is working long hours on the laptop.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business

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                      5.0

                      The best from Apple

                      By Alexandre R. Janini

                      from São Paulo, Brazil

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      See all my reviews

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

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

                      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 is the best computer I've ever used, and now I own it!
                      I couldn't be happier with this.
                      The screen is amazing. Build quality is unlike any other product out there.
                      SSD is blazing fast and so are the USB 3.0 ports.
                      It's thin and quiet, shiny and fast. What else do you need? :-)
                      Go for it!

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      The Perfect Laptop

                      By StevenB

                      from Brooklyn, NY

                      Verified Buyer

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

                      Everything that you could want in a portable computer.

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                      5.0

                      Another GREAT MAC OPTION !!!

                      By ciberducky

                      from Buenos Aires, Argentina

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • none

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      Powerfull (Fast, really fast!)
                      Small (Really Thin!)
                      Fast Charge (Full charge on more than an hour)
                      GREAT SCREEN (never seen somthin better than this!)
                      Light (really Portable, even compared to AIR!)
                      iCloud (really great working with my iPhone and iMac!)

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      You pay for what you get!

                      By 96spec

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Too Hot

                      Best Uses

                      • Business Use
                      • Graphics
                      • Video
                      • Web Browsing

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

                      I upgraded to the MacBook Pro Retina from the old unibody MacBook Pro that I've been using for the last 4 years. I highly recommend power users or people who run Parallels vm ware to upgrade their ram to 16GB. Mountain Lion uses a lot of memory and with a couple of browsers open, Mail and iMessages you'll easily use up 4.5 - 6GB of RAM. With 16GB of ram it allows me to run Windows 7, XP and Mountain Lion at the same time! No worries about maxing out your 8GB. One of the most noticeable thing with the MBP Retina is the beautiful screen. For users that have never own a MBP, they might not recognize the vidid colors and clarity of the screen. But for previous MBP owners or anyone doing a side by side comparison with their personal laptop screen, the difference is like regular TV to HDTV! All the little details like picture thumbnails is so clear, you won't see any pixelation at all. All your photos and images taken in iPhoto etc is super clear.As far as performance it's super fast with the SSD drive. Biggest improvement is how much faster Parallels for VM like Windows run. Boots quickly every single time, however, I was expecting it to wake up faster whenever it goes into sleep mode. Powernap feature is also very useful, just make sure that your application is still open for it to run (Mail etc). After a week of using, I noticed the battery life was getting shorter and a lot of people with the MBPR was experiencing this (about 3-4 hrs of use). Try resetting the PRAM, it helped me fixed that problem...at least for now. It should be at least 5.5 hrs + with regular usage. Another problem that was very common with all owners is that FaceTime and Photo Booth camera is very fuzzy and has this slight tint over it. I was expecting it to be very clear, at least look like the iPhone. I hope this is a software issue not a hardware problem that would be fixed by Apple soon, but go to your local Apple store and test out FaceTime and you'll see the problem.I ended up buying the Apple Ethernet adapter to transfer my data from the old MBP over as well as for future use. Also the Apple USB SuperDrive in case I want to burn DVD/CDs. Overall, this is an excellent top of the line laptop with the specs included. Although it does run cooler than the previous gen model, it does get hot at times depending on what you're doing. My only wish was that Apple would of made the design stand out a little bit more instead of just making it thinner. Spending this kind of money on the laptop, you do want people to immediately notice that it's the latest model! But I've been waiting for 4 years for a new model release and it was still worth the upgrade.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      5.0

                      A beauty and a Pleasure

                      By Koufonissi

                      from Oakland, CA

                      About Me Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Powerful
                      • Quality Display

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

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

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

                      It's really enjoyable to use this MBPRetina. It's thin, beautiful, the screen is amazing, it handles intense graphics (lightroom, highdef movies) with ease and grace, even while running other programs, starts up in a flash, and the battery seems to last around 7 hours. I'm coming from a PC - touch pad gestures come quickly and are intuitive. It hardly heats up; fan hardly ever seems to go on. Very satisfied.

                      The one downside is it's heavier than one might expect. Well, and it's expensive, but I don't see other laptops that compare.

                      B&H were quick and no problems.

                      • Primary use:
                      • Personal

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                      4.0

                      great machine

                      By LC

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Multimedia Professional, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast
                      • 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:

                        Fast. Screen is amazing. It's everything you've heard. Only downside is that the rest of the computing world hasn't quite caught up yet so there are still some soft graphics when surfing the net, but no complaints otherwise.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business

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                        5.0

                        Just simply the best

                        By Digitaldoug

                        from Fort Collins, CO

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            Once again Apple leads the way to the future. I do not like looking at
                            pixels. They are gone in this laptop as well as heat and noise.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal

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                            5.0

                            Nuff Speed & Power

                            By Fenty

                            from Montserrat

                            About Me Multimedia Professional, Photographer, Tech Savvy

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Comfortable Keyboard
                            • Fast
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long Battery Life
                            • Loving it to the MAX
                            • Powerful
                            • Quality Display
                            • Quiet

                            Cons

                            • Non as yet

                            Best Uses

                            • Graphics
                            • Music
                            • Web Browsing

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

                            I use this My computer mainly to enhance and print Photos using AdobeLR.
                            I have seen a big difference from my 2008 MBPro. The display is great the clarity is amazing, the battery life is great can spend more time working outdoors.
                            I have no regrets as yet.

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