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Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina
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Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina 2 Core Intel Core I7 2.9GHz 4GB 256GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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7 Reasons For

Apple Notebook PCs Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 3,157 owner and expert reviews for Apple laptops and found that on average Apple has excellent reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Apple has excellent reviews specifically within its MacBooks range.

Quite Fast Processor Frequency

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly fast processor frequency (2.9 gigahertz) compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. The average processor frequency of MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 2.4GHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a front camera. Most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than two years also have 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 Apple Macbook Air Early 2014 is also worth considering.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other notebook PCs of this type and age.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative portable PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is typical of many notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than two years.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This notebook PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many notebook PCs that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Fast CD-RW Write Speed

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the fastest CD-RW write speeds (16 CD-speeds) amongst MacBooks of this age. The CD-RW write speeds of portable PCs of this type and age range from 10x to 16x.

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8 Reasons Against

Quite Small Display Diagonal

The smallest display diagonal of notebook PCs of this type and age is 11" and the biggest is 16". The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite small display diagonal (only 13.3 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 13.3" laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple MacBook Air Mid 2012.

If this Apple laptop display diagonal is too small for you then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (15.4") which also has a higher rating.

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Heavy

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is one of the heavier portable PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (2.1 kilograms) amongst MacBooks of this age. The weights of MacBooks that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 920g to 2.6kg, and the average weight is 1.9kg.

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Very Small Internal Memory

Across all the notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the internal memorys range from 4GB to 16GB. The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite small internal memory (only 4 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

We compared all the other 4GB internal memory portable PCs to this laptop and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 is also worth considering.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that came out more than two years ago, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina does not have a touchscreen.

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Very Slow DVD+R Write Speed

With a DVD+R write speed of only 6 CD-speeds, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the slower DVD+R write speeds amongst notebook PCs of this age. The slowest DVD+R write speed of MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 6x, the fastest is 8x, and the average DVD+R write speed is 7.8x.

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Only One Number of Built-In Speakers

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is a one number of built-in speakers laptop. Most of the other MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have one number of built-in speakers.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 11GB, and the maximum internal memorys range from 8GB to 16GB. The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly small maximum internal memory (only 8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Quite Small Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

At only 63.5 watt-hours, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite small battery capacity (Watt hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. Notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago have battery capacity (Watt hours)s of between 35Wh and 95Wh, and the average battery capacity (Watt hours) is 75Wh.

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

Released Over Two Years Ago

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

SSD Storage Media

This laptop has an SSD storage media, which is the most commonly found storage media on similar spec notebook PCs 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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Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 7 hours, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a pretty standard battery life (max) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If you are looking for a longer battery life (max) then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (8h) which is also higher rated.

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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 average total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

We compared this laptop to all the other 256GB total storage capacity notebook PCs and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014 is also worth considering.

If you want a notebook PC with a bigger total storage capacity then you might want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (512GB) which is also higher rated.

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Specification

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Camera
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
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Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
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TV Tuner Integrated
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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...

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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...

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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2 core Intel Core i7 2.9GHz 4GB 256GB SSD 13.3"
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