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Apple Macbook Pro Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.3GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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Apple Has Excellent Portable PC Reviews

MacBooks manufactured by Apple have excellent reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all notebook PCs (not just MacBooks) and found that Apple also has excellent reviews across its entire range.

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina. Most of the laptops that were released more than two years ago only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this notebook PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a very new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago. The average PCI Express slot version of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 2.5, and the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

When compared to other MacBooks that were launched more than two years ago that we have checked the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of, the Macbook Pro Retina's on-board graphics adapter base frequency of 650 megahertz is one of the fastest. The on-board graphics adapter base frequencies of MacBooks that were released more than two years ago range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 410MHz.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro Retina has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

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

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on laptops of this age and type. 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.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2014[plb_2213130_price].

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on similar spec notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

With a battery capacity of 95 watt-hours, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina. The battery capacities of notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 35Wh to 95Wh.

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Very Thin

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is quite thin (only 0.71 inches) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina. The average height of comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 0.83".

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2 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Macbook Pro Retina does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago which have a front camera.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen, although keep in mind that most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Retina also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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7 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina

Released Over Four Years Ago

This notebook PC was released over four years ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.3 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.

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Average Internal Memory

At 8 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly standard internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age.

If you want a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1763161_price] (16GB).

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro Retina has a pretty typical screen size compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.4" notebook PCs currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price].

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly standard total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Battery Life

The Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly standard battery life (7 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Weight

At 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively standard weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

If you don't mind having a heavier weight then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1763161_price] (2kg).

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Performance
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Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel InTru 3D Technology
Intel Insider
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel Clear Video HD Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
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Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
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Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Quality design and finish
Backlit keyboard
Sound quality
Display
Battery life
Not enough ports for a computer this size
No integrated optical drive
No matte screen option
No discrete graphics in this model
Expensive

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 9 December 2014 by Sk8Mom
Sk8Mom would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Mid 2014 MGX92/MGX82/MGX72 (Verified Purchase)

Upgrading from Mac Air to Mac Pro Retina was an excellent decision. My main uses are editing photos & HD video. How did I ever exist without Retina? Crisp. Clear. Stunning! Downloading Yosemite... Read more…

Reviewed 12 November 2014 by Pixelface
Pixelface would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 15.4 inch Retina - Mid 2014 - MGXA2/MGXC2 (Verified Purchase)

I use the computer to process and edit photo. I do a lot of batch processing. Nice large Retina screen, for use on location photoshoots. Ram specs are similar to my desktop mac tower. Nice to have... Read more…

Reviewed 27 August 2014 by Sirbobjohn
Sirbobjohn would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Mid 2014 MGX92/MGX82/MGX72 (Verified Purchase)

This was an upgrade from the mid-2010 MacBook Pro 13" non-retina. This is a great product. The retina display is perfect and is the most obvious advance. The laptop is lighter, and I miss some of... Read more…

Reviewed 15 December 2014 by AI
AI would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Mid 2014 MGX92/MGX82/MGX72 (Verified Purchase)

Product was delivered fast, on time, and as promised by the description. Have not had one problem yet and love it! Would look to buy future items from this retailer...

Reviewed 3 December 2014 by Paulp
Paulp would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Mid 2014 MGX92/MGX82/MGX72 (Verified Purchase)

I purchased this Mac for my wife who has been totally frustrated with her PC. She loved the system looks and got very comfortable with Apple's OSX after taking an intro course on -----------We... Read more…

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4 core Intel Core i7 2.2GHz 16GB 256GB SSD 15.4"
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4 core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
£ 1,899.00
Three Years Newer
User Reviews Are Better
A Lot Bigger Internal Memory
A Lot Newer PCI Express Slot Version
Slower On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
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Macbook Pro Retina vs Macbook Pro Retina

Apple Macbook Pro Retina vs Apple Macbook Pro Retina
Apple Macbook Pro Retina
4 core Intel Core i7 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
Apple Macbook Pro Retina
4 core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
£ 1,699.00
Newer by 23 Months
50% Bigger Internal Memory
13% Longer Battery Life
A Lot Smaller Processor Cache
Does Not Have a Microphone in Port

Macbook Pro Retina vs Macbook Pro Retina

Apple Macbook Pro Retina vs Apple Macbook Pro Retina
Apple Macbook Pro Retina
4 core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
Apple Macbook Pro Retina
4 core Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
£ 1,699.00
A Lot Bigger Internal Memory
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