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Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB 512GB Flash 15.4" Laptop

Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice
4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2.5GHz 16GB Aug 2015
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Now with the Force Touch trackpad, longer battery life, and faster flash storage. Millions of pixels ahead of its time. The 15 inch model has over 5 million pixels, and the 13 inch model has... More
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19 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The editors of two expert review sites both wrote that this laptop was outstanding and gave it their highest award. This portable PC received an "Editor's Choice" award from both Laptopmag.com and Macworld.co.uk.

Good Expert Reviews

Based on twenty-six expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, Digital Versus, Laptopmag.com and notebookcheck.net this notebook PC has an average expert rating of 88%.

User Reviews Are Excellent

Macbook Pro Mid 2015 owners on average rated this notebook PC as superb. If all the portable PCs of this age and type are ranked by average user review score then this MacBook is in the top 1%.

Apple Has Excellent Notebook PC Reviews

Apple is one of the leading laptop manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Apple also has excellent ratings for its MacBooks.

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Nice Design

One customer who reviewed it reckoned that it was neat. Digitalversus.com said on expert review site Digital Versus in December last year “Which is understandable, of course, because it's neatly polished, impeccably well assembled”.

Good Connectivity

One customer who bought the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 considered that it was wifi compatible. Cnet.com mentioned in their review of this laptop “Updates, typically only to internal components, from better hard drives to faster Wi-Fi to new”.

Good Product Quality

One person concluded that this laptop was good quality. Expert website Digitalversus.com wrote in their review of this laptop “It boasts first-class manufacturing, picture quality and battery life”.

Good Technical Features

One Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 owner who reviewed it thought it had good features. Expert review site Techworld.com wrote last year “Apple's best laptop features the same design” in their Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 review.

SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has a Flash storage medium, which is typical of many MacBooks that are a comparable age to it. Flash drives store data in semiconductors on a circuit board rather than using magnetic or optical media. Flash have no moving parts which makes them very fast and reliable.

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Has a Front Camera

Like most of the other portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a front camera.

We compared this notebook PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[pl_2392904_price], the 11"[pl_2953170_price], and the MacBook Pro Early 2015[pl_3002227_price] all from Apple is also worth considering.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

We compared all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[pl_2392904_price], the 11"[pl_2953170_price], and the MacBook Pro Early 2015[pl_3002227_price] all from Apple is also worth considering.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7-4xxx processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it.

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Quite Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst notebook PCs of this age. Laptops that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 have screen sizes of between 11" and 16", and the average screen size is 13".

We compared all the other 15.4" laptops to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

With a processor cache of 6 megabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015. Across all the comparable spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago the processor caches range from 3MB to 8MB.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The maximum turbo frequencies of notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 range from 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz, and the average maximum turbo frequency is 3.1GHz. The Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has one of the faster maximum turbo frequencies (3.7 gigahertz) amongst MacBooks of this age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than the 802.11a WiFi standard found on most laptops of a similar age and spec to it. In addition, this notebook PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is actually the best Wi-Fi standard across all notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

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

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Very Big Battery Capacity

Across all the MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 the battery capacities range from 38Wh to 100Wh. The Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a quite big battery capacity (99.5 watt-hours) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a very big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015. Across all the portable PCs of this type and age the maximum internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB, and the average maximum internal memory is 10GB.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This notebook PC has a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as it.

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5 Reasons Against

A Bit Expensive

Three people wrote in their reviews that it was not cheap. Expert review site Cnet.com wrote “The handful of tweaks included here keep this expensive system at the top of the list for powerful midsize laptops” but even so they gave it a rating of 4 stars. Notebookcheck.net wrote in their review “Expensive pleasure” but despite that they rated it 4 stars. Expert website Theregister.co.uk mentioned last year “The 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display is starting to look a little dated and overpriced” in their review of this laptop.

Very Heavy

With a weight of 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 is one of the heavier MacBooks that came out more than a year ago amongst comparable spec notebook PCs of this age. The average weight of comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 is 1.5kg.

Other 2kg heavy notebook PCs currently available which you might also want to consider include the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] which has better reviews.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Apple 11"[plb_2953170_price] (1.1kg) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Most notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 do not have a touch sensitive screen. The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 is no exception to this as it too does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Short Battery Life

The shortest battery life of portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 is 7h, the longest is 12h, and the average battery life is 9.7h. With a battery life of only 9 hours, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a fairly short battery life compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released one year ago.

We compared all the other 9h battery life laptops to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[pl_2392904_price], and the 11"[pl_2953170_price] both from Apple is also worth considering.

If you would prefer a longer battery life then you might also want to look at the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015[plb_3002227_price] (10h and higher rated).

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

The memory clock speeds of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 range from 1,600MHz to 1,900MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,700MHz. At only 1,600 megahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when this notebook PC was released.

Average Processor Clock Speed

With a processor clock speed of 2.5 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

There are a number of alternative 2.5GHz processor clock speed portable PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392904_price] which has better reviews.

If this Apple notebook PC processor clock speed is too slow for you then you might want to consider the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015[plb_3002227_price] (3.1GHz and higher rated).

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a pretty typical internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

There are a number of other 16GB internal memory laptops currently available which you might want to look at including the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[pl_2392904_price], or the MacBook Pro Early 2015[pl_3002227_price] both from Apple which has better reviews.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2015 has a fairly average total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2015.

Alternative 512GB total storage capacity laptops currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[pl_2392904_price], or the MacBook Pro Early 2015[pl_3002227_price] both from Apple.

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Specification

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Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Flash Memory
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Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
Panel Type
3D Compatible
Full HD
LED Backlight
HD Type
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Maximum Resolution
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
Discrete Graphics Adapter
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
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Combo Port
SmartCard Slot
ExpressCard Slot
DC-In Jack
Docking Connector
Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt 2 Port
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Island-Style Keyboard
Backlit Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Keyboard Key
Pointing Device
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Operating System
Included Driver
Bundled Software
Processor Special Features
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
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Power
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Password Protection
Weight & Dimensions
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Packaging Data
Warranty Card
AC Adapter Included
Power Cord Included
Operational Conditions
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Certificates
EPEAT Compliance
Energy Star Certified

2 Awards

Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice macworld.co.uk Editor's Choice

Expert Reviews

(38)
8 September 2015

We didn't expect to wait too long for Apple's largest notebook to get the Force Touch treatment, and the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro has now been duly updated. As you'd expect from the ?big?... Read more…

3 July 2015

The new 15" MacBook Pro is exceptional. It has enough processing power to stay well ahead of the competition, and it boasts first-class manufacturing, picture quality and battery life. It's a good...

22 June 2015

Now we have an option on a faster AMD graphics, the gap between the two available 15-inch MacBook Pro notebooks has widened a little, although even the integrated Iris Pro graphics in this model...

Macworld.co.uk

16 June 2015

We must admit to feeling a tinsy bit short-changed by the no-show of quad-core Intel Broadwell processor in this year's 15-inch MacBook Pro model. However this refresh sees two aspects expanded...

11 June 2015

Current 15-inch MacBook Pro owners won't feel the need to upgrade, but the handful of tweaks included here keep this expensive system at the top of the list for powerful midsize laptops...

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User Reviews

(59)
Reviewed 18 August 2015 by Pabs0x

I use it professionally and it runs Adobe CC beautifully. If you're not going to be doing any high graphic intensity work though (video edits etc.) just go for the model down. The 15.4 retina is... Read more…

Reviewed 23 June 2015 by BrianT58

Yet another stylish product from the Apple machine. The retina display is crisp and sharp and the 256GB flash memory (instead of a hard disk) gives amazing read/write times, as well as... Read more…

Reviewed 30 May 2015 by Secondlaw
Secondlaw would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina - Mid 2015 - MJLQ2/MJLT2

Soooo... I've been a PC guy for the past 25 years or so. I work with PC's every day. I love PC's but this is different. Does it make me think PC's are inferior? No, but this is a different type of... Read more…

Reviewed 23 July 2015 by Max Yuryev
Max Yuryev would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina - Mid 2015 - MJLQ2/MJLT2

If you take a look at last years model it has a 5 start rating and this one is even better. For 2015 Apple has added a newer SSD thats over double the speed of last years (which was already faster... Read more…

Reviewed 30 June 2015 by Huckleberrydog

As with all apple products it's lives up to and in fact exceeds expectation. I struggled slightly to get my email address working but with some help from more technical friends I was up and... Read more…

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