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Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.5GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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34 Reasons For

Ten Industry Awards

Expert review sites love this notebook PC and have given it ten awards.

The editors of four expert review sites all wrote that this laptop was fantastic and gave it their highest award. PC Mag, Computershopper.com, Laptopmag.com and Macworld.co.uk all gave this Apple notebook PC an "Editor's Choice" award.

The editors of Techradar, Altomdata.dk, Itpro.co.uk and Techradar.com/au/ all endorse this MacBook and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This portable PC received a "Best Buy" from Expert Reviews who said that this MacBook was a sensible purchase.

Les Numeriques.com gave this notebook PC a "5 Star" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Good

Thirty-two experts from sites including CNET.com, Expert Reviews, Techradar and Digital Versus have rated this Apple laptop on average 88 out of 100.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Based on 295 user reviews this notebook PC has a marvellous average user rating. Owners think this MacBook is one of the better portable PCs of a similar age and spec.

Excellent Brand

Apple MacBooks have excellent ratings on average and across all notebook PCs Apple is one of the leading manufacturers.

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Good Battery Life

Seven customers agreed that it had a good battery life. Tech.uk.msn.com mentioned “Powerful laptop with an excellent display and battery life”. Nothingwired.com wrote “Best in class battery life”. Expert review site Notebooks.com mentioned in their review of this laptop two years ago “Add awesome performance and great battery life”.

Nice Design

Some customers who reviewed this laptop concluded that it was good looking. Two years ago Pcmag.com said in their review of this laptop on expert website PC Mag “More than 13 hours of battery life in a beautifully designed laptop”. Expert website Pcworld.in said “With beautiful high-resolution screens, fast PCIe-connected flash storage, Thunderbolt 2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi” in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. Two years ago expert website Computershopper.com said in their Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina review “Longer battery life inside the same beautiful case for the same price as last year's model”.

Some Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina reviewers who reviewed it thought it was a good design. Macworld.co.uk mentioned “The breakthrough design of 2012 received its most significant update in October of” in their review of this laptop and scored it very highly. Nothingwired.com said in their review “Excellent design”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Same sleek, sturdy unibody design”.

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Reasonably Priced

Some people who reviewed the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina concluded that it was good value for money. Expert website Macworld.co.uk wrote “The same price) is a reasonable p” in their review and gave the product a rating of 5 stars. Two years ago expert review site Itpro.co.uk scored the product 4 stars and wrote in their Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina review “Throughout 2014, Apple has implemented a strategy to make its products more affordable and the 13in MacBook Pro laptop is the latest d”. Expert website Appleinsider.com gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned “Better performance and value than last year's excellent model, we have no problem recommending the mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display” in their review.

Good Size

Two Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina reviewers who bought this laptop reckoned that it was thin. Expert review site Stuff.tv gave the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina a very good review and wrote in their review of this laptop “If you want something really slim and light, you want a MacBook Air.”. Techradar.com rated it 5 stars and said in their Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina review on expert review site Techradar two years ago “Lighter, thinner and faster than the previous generation's models”.

One Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina owner said that this laptop was heavy. Expert review site Stuff.tv wrote in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina two years ago “What it is is reassuringly weighty, solid and really nicely made” .

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Robust

Four people who bought it concluded that it was well made. Two years ago expert review site Techworld.com wrote in their review of this laptop “MacBook Pro are stunningly built and finished devices.”. In the same month expert website Techradar.com/au/ rated it 5 stars and wrote “Adding a faster processor to last year's solid offering at no extra cost has made it an even more attractive opt” in their review.

One Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina owner wrote in their reviews that it was strong and durable.

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Good Technical Features

Two Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina owners mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Expert website Laptopmag.com wrote in their review of the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina “This ultraportable still features a stunning Retina display, s”. Expert review site Ouritdept.co.uk mentioned “Recently, Apple unveiled updates to its line of Retina MacBook Pro laptop computers with enhanced features that provide MacBook fans with better performance for less money”.

Easy to Use

One Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina reviewer said in their reviews that it was easy to use. Two years ago expert review site Notebooks.com said “An easy to use operating system” in their review of this laptop.

Large Storage Capacity

One Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina owner who purchased it concluded that it had good storage.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought it thought it was good in terms of connectivity. Pcmag.com rated the product 5 stars and mentioned two years ago “Excellent connectivity, particularly with its pair of 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2” in their review.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been available for more than a year that we have assessed the maximum internal memory supported by processor of, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 20GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 16GB to 32GB.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and type.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

The average PCI Express slot version of MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year is 2.3, and the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3. At 3, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a very new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other laptops that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

Most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina only have between 12 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies (1,200 megahertz) amongst MacBooks of this age. The on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of MacBooks that came out more than a year ago range from 850MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Very Big Internal Memory

Portable PCs of this age and type have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly big internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs of this type and age, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a front camera.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is the most commonly found processor family on laptops of this age and spec.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most notebook PCs of a similar type and age to it. In addition, this notebook PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of notebook PC.

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Very Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst portable PCs of this age. Portable PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have screen sizes of between 11" and 16".

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Very Big Total Storage Capacity

The average total storage capacity of similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year is 320GB. At 512 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11a WiFi standard found on most notebook PCs that were released more than a year ago. This notebook PC also have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is actually the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all portable PCs of this age and type.

The worst Wi-Fi standard amongst comparable types of notebook PC is 802.11a.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This portable PC has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this spec and age.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 99.5 watt-hours, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's battery capacity is one of the biggest amongst laptops of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. Across all the notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the battery capacities range from 38Wh to 100Wh.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

At 3.7 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for more than a year. Across all the MacBooks that were released one year ago the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.1GHz.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has more processor threads than most of the portable PCs of this type and age. This Apple portable PC is a eight processor thread laptop compared to most of the portable PCs that were released one year ago which only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger processor caches (6 megabytes) amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. Across all the MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB.

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Very Big Flash Memory

Across all the MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year the flash memory range from 120GB to 520GB. At 512 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big flash memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This laptop has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to it.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This laptop has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this age and type.

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7 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At only 200 megahertz, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of portable PCs that were released one year ago is 200MHz and the fastest is 650MHz.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

Notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year have maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of between 2GB and 16GB. At only 2 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Very Heavy

At 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is very heavy compared to most of the other notebook PCs that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. Comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have weights of between 920g and 2.1kg, and the average weight is 1.5kg.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Thick

The average height of comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 18mm, and the heights range from 17mm to 18mm. The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is one of the thicker portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (18 millimeters) amongst comparable spec laptops of this age.

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Quite Short Battery Life

At only 9 hours, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite short battery life compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out more than a year ago. The battery lifes of portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 7h to 12h, and the average battery life is 9.7h.

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Very Wide

The widths of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 280mm to 360mm. The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is quite wide (358.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina

Released Over a Year Ago

Apple released the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.5 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively average processor clock speed compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many MacBooks that were launched around the same time as it. Solid State Drives (SSD) store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Solid State Drives have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Specification

Features
Design
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Docking Station
Processor
Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
Processor Cache
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Cache Type
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Flash Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Panel Type
Aspect Ratio
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Camera
Front Camera
Networking
4G
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
3G Network Access Module
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt 2 Port
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Keyboard Key
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Processor Special Features
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery
Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Cable Lock Slot
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Data
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
WiFi Certification
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features

10 Awards

computershopper.com Editor's Choice techradar.com/au/ Recommended PC Mag Editor's Choice Techradar Recommended altomdata.dk Recommended Les Numeriques.com 5 Star Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice itpro.co.uk Recommended Expert Reviews Best Buy macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(60)
17 May 2015

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice for those who demand outstanding performance and a display to match...

Laptopmag.com

27 April 2015

For many tasks there will be little difference in performance if you have to choose between the two versions of MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid-2014). Both have the same 16 GB memory complement...

23 December 2014

Updated as on December 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Laptops may still be priced more than other devices but the configuration has constantly been... Read more…

Doubles the RAM
Processor speed bump
Cheaper price
Processor upgrade
Serious gaming is possible
Not a huge update over previous MBP
No Quadcore processor
No discrete graphics, (these are only available in the 15in models)
Iris still only average
Capacity comes at a premium
18 December 2014

Lisa Gade compares the 13? Retina MacBook Pro and the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 14 laptops. Check out our video review of the 13? Retina MacBook Pro...

2 December 2014

The mid-2014 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display isn't a huge leap forward ? primarily a processor speed bump and a price drop. But this model, the entry-level release, also benefits from a... Read more…

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User Reviews

(286)
Reviewed 8 September 2015 by 78xrose

Wonderful mac, very fast and everything you would expect but if Apple haven't fixed the minor problem yet be aware on set up that if you try and connect to your wi-fi in the set up process it will... Read more…

Comfortable Keyboard
Fast
Lightweight
Long Battery Life
Powerful
Heavy
No Support For Windows 7
Short Battery Life
Ethernet
Still No Touch Screen
Reviewed 27 August 2014 by JDLPhoto
(Verified Purchase)

This is my first Mac or Apple product of any kind. I have worked with PC computers since 1985. My firm's IT consultant recommended a MacBook because of my photography hobby. I use Adobe Lightroom,... Read more…

Reviewed 5 May 2015 by Davy B
Davy B would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch Retina - Mid 2014 - MGXA2/MGXC2 (Verified Purchase)

The obvious fantastic first: the stunning, large retina display, the battery life, the Apple ease of use. Open the lid: work or play. Close the lid. It's a beauty too! The keyboard is good and the... Read more…

Reviewed 3 February 2015 by Doug the Photographer
Doug the Photographer would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch Retina - Mid 2014 - MGXA2/MGXC2 (Verified Purchase)

Using for Photoshop and Lightroom. With the SSD these programs load lightning fast. Have done some light video editing and render times are great...

Reviewed 18 December 2014 by Andrew
Andrew would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch Retina - Mid 2014 - MGXA2/MGXC2 (Verified Purchase)

I was looking to upgrade from a 4 year old laptop (that I stepped on, making the screen nearly unreadable) and beyond basic office tasks and web browsing, I wanted a laptop that would be good for... Read more…

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