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Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina
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Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.8GHz 16GB 256GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7 2.8GHz 16GB Aug 2014
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9 Reasons For

Apple Laptops Have Excellent Reviews

Apple has excellent average ratings for its MacBooks as well as across its entire notebook PC range.

Fairly Big Internal Memory

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger internal memory (16 gigabytes) amongst MacBooks of this age. Portable PCs of this age and type have internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB, and the average internal memory is 8.9GB.

We compared this laptop to all the other 16GB internal memory portable PCs and we think the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£595.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Front Camera

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops of this age and spec.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina also have a full-size keyboard.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on notebook PCs of a comparable type and age to 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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HD HD Type

The HD type of this portable PC is Wide Quad HD, which is typical of many laptops that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of MacBooks that have been around for more than two years is 3.3GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.5GHz to 4GHz. When compared to other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina, the maximum turbo frequency of the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina of 4 gigahertz is one of the fastest.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most frequently found WiFi standard on laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory (64-Bit)

When compared to other MacBooks that came out more than two years ago, the maximum internal memory (64-bit) of the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The average maximum internal memory (64-bit) of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago is 11GB, and the maximum internal memory (64-bit) range from 8GB to 16GB.

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5 Reasons Against

Quite Slow Processor Clock Speed

When compared to other portable PCs of this type and age that we have checked the processor clock speed of, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's processor clock speed of only 1.06 gigahertz is one of the slowest. Notebook PCs of this type and age have processor clock speeds of between 1GHz and 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.3GHz.

If you would prefer a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (1.6GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Only Intel Core Duo Processor Family

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has an Intel Core Duo processor family which is better than most comparable spec portable PCs that have been available for a similar time to it. Most similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to it have an AMD E processor family. The best processor family of all notebook PCs that were released around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is Intel Core i7-3xxx and the worst is Intel High End Desktop Processors.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina do not have a touch sensitive screen. The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Only Two Processor Threads

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is a two processor thread portable PC.

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Quite Small Processor Cache

With a processor cache of only 2 megabytes, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the smallest processor caches amongst laptops of this age. The processor caches of laptops of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 2MB to 8MB.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when Apple released the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

Average Screen Size

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly average screen size (15.4 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

We compared this laptop to all the other 15.4" laptops and we think the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£595.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Battery Life

At 8 hours, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 8h battery life portable PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£595.00).

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might want to consider the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 (9h and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2 kilograms, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other laptops of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

We compared all the other 2kg heavy portable PCs to this portable PC and we think the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£595.00) which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 256 gigabytes, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£1,699.00) (512GB).

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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
Integrated Card Reader
Flash Memory
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Aspect Ratio
3D Compatible
LED Backlight
HD Type
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Front Camera Resolution
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
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt 2 Port
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Ambient Light Sensor
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Bundled Software
Operating System Architecture
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
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features

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Expert Reviews

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17 May 2015

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

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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...

22 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…

23 October 2014

Expert Reviews

UPDATE: Although the model in this review has since been replaced by a slightly faster version, the only difference is a 200MHz processor clock speed boost. Apart from some minor improvements to... Read more…

3 October 2014

I'm very fond of my MacBook Pro. It's an early 2011 17?model: the penultimate model before Apple discontinued the 17? chassis. And there's the rub. If you want a large-screen Macbook Pro now, your... Read more…

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User Reviews

(243)
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…

Reviewed 9 January 2015 by Amol
Amol would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Mid 2014 MGX92/MGX82/MGX72

This is a wonderful piece of technology. Got my wife this for Christmas. She was super thrilled. She had the old Macbook Pro and this is so much slimmer and lighter. The retina display is the... Read more…

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