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Apple Macbook Pro Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.6GHz 8GB 768GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7-3xxx 2.6GHz 8GB Aug 2012
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13 Reasons For

Excellent Brand

Apple is one of the top rated portable PC manufacturers according to average reviews from owners and experts, and Apple also has excellent ratings for its MacBooks.

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Macbook Pro Retina is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) laptop. Most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Retina only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite New PCI Express Slot Version

With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Macbook Pro Retina has one of the newer PCI Express slot versions amongst laptops of this age. The average PCI Express slot version of MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Retina is 2.5, and the PCI Express slot versions range from 2 to 3.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Retina is 410MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz. When compared to other comparable spec laptops that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Retina, the Macbook Pro Retina's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,250 megahertz is one of the fastest.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina, the Macbook Pro Retina has a full-size keyboard.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Macbook Pro Retina has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than most comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to it. Most laptops that have been available for around the same time as it have an AMD E processor family. The processor family of all notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Retina ranges from Intel High End Desktop Processors to Intel Core i7-3xxx.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on portable PCs of this type and age. 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 other portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple MacBook Air Early 2014.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Retina is 120GB and the biggest is 1TB. At 768 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite big total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Retina.

If this portable PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£2,990.00) (1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is typical of many MacBooks that came out around the same time as it.

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Two Thunderbolt Ports

The Macbook Pro Retina has more thunderbolt ports than most of the similar spec portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina. Most of the portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina only have one thunderbolt port, however this Apple notebook PC has two thunderbolt ports.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

The smallest battery capacity of MacBooks that have been available for more than two years is 35Wh, the biggest is 95Wh, and the average battery capacity is 75Wh. The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a quite big battery capacity (95 watt-hours) compared to most of the other laptops that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

When compared to other MacBooks that have been available for more than two years, the Macbook Pro Retina's maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes is one of the biggest. The average maximum internal memory of similar spec portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina is 12GB.

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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 MacBooks that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was over four years ago when Apple released the Macbook Pro Retina.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly average processor clock speed (2.6 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

We compared all the other 2.6GHz processor clock speed laptops to this laptop and we think the Apple Macbook Pro which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 (2.66GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a pretty average internal memory compared to most of the other portable PCs of this age and spec.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 8GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro which has better reviews.

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Average Screen Size

The Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively standard screen size (15.4 inches) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 15.4" laptops currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (£2,990.00) which has better reviews.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 7 hours, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly standard battery life compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Weight

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively typical weight (2 kilograms) compared to most of the other laptops that were launched more than two years ago.

Notebook PCs with a heavier weight that might also be worth looking at include the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (2kg).

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Specification

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Colour
Docking Station
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Processor Core
Processor Family
Processor Clock Speed
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Processor Socket
Processor Cache
System Bus Data Transfer Rate
Processor Thread
Maximum Turbo Frequency
Processor Model
Conflict Free Processor
Integrated 4G WiMAX
Processor Lithography
PCI Express Lane (max)
Processor Operating Mode
PCI Express Slot Version
Bus Type
Processor Codename
Processor Series
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Stepping
PCI Express Configuration
CPU Multiplier (bus/core Ratio)
Tjunction
Processor Cache Type
Processor
SMP Processor (max)
Memory
Internal Memory
Maximum Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Internal Memory
Hard Drive
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Medium
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Display
Screen Size
Display Resolution
Touch Sensitive Screen
LED Backlight
Video
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Display Supported by On-Board Grap
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
On-Board Graphics Adapter
Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LghtScribe Feature
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Built-In Speaker
Built-In Speaker
Audio System
Camera
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Ethernet LAN Connection
WiFi Standard
Wireless LAN Connection
Bluetooth
Ports & Interfaces
TV Out Port
DC-In Jack
S/PDIF Out Port
Headphone Out Port
Thunderbolt Port
DVI Port
HDMI Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Port
Performance
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
Pointing Device
Operating System/software
Operating System
Processor Special Features
Intel Anti-Theft Technology
Intel VPro Technology
Intel My WiFi Technology
Intel Turbo Boost Technology
Intel Identity Protection 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
Supported Instruction Set
Processor Code
Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Thermal Monitoring Technology
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Smart Cache
Intel 64
Processor Package Size
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Idle States
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel AES New Instructions
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Battery
Battery Life
Battery Capacity
Battery
Power
Power Auto-Sensing
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Power
Security
Special Features
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
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Depth
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Width
Packaging Data
Cable Included
AC Adapter Included
Operational Conditions
Non-Operating Altitude
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Storage Relative Humidity Range
Operating Relative Humidity Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Energy Star Certified
Technical Details
Other Features
Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port

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Expert Reviews

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3 July 2015

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22 June 2015

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16 June 2015

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User Reviews

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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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