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

4 Intel Core I7 2.3GHz 8GB Aug 2012
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7 Reasons For

Apple Notebook PCs Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 3,157 expert and user reviews for Apple portable PCs and found that on average Apple has excellent reviews. We also found that Apple has excellent reviews specifically for its MacBooks.

Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro Retina has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Retina also have a full-size keyboard.

We compared this laptop to all the other laptops with a full-size keyboard and we think the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014[plb_2309587_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is typical of many notebook PCs of this type and age.

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Eight Processor Threadss

The Macbook Pro Retina has more processor threadss than most of the notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina. This notebook PC is a eight processor threads portable PC compared to most of the MacBooks that were released more than two years ago which only have between two and seven processor threadss.

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802.11n Wi-Fi Standards

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n wi-Fi standards, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very Big Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

When compared to other laptops that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina that we have assessed, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina's battery capacity (Watt hours) of 95 watt-hours is one of the biggest. Across all the MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina the battery capacity (Watt hours)s range from 35Wh to 95Wh.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

The average maximum internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Retina is 11GB, and the maximum internal memorys range from 8GB to 16GB. At 16 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite big maximum internal memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina.

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Macbook Pro Retina does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Retina which have a front camera.

We think you might also be interested in alternative portable PCs which also have a front camera including the Apple Macbook Air Early 2014[plb_2309587_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

The Macbook Pro Retina has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) (only 1,100 megahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and type. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of laptops of this age and type is 1,000MHz and the fastest is 1,300MHz.

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Like most of the other notebook PCs of this age and spec, the Macbook Pro Retina does not have a touchscreen.

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8 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Apple notebook PC was released over four years ago.

Average Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of 2.3 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively typical processor frequency compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than two years.

Portable PCs with a faster processor frequency that might also be worth looking at include the Apple MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina[plb_2191590_price] (2.4GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Internal Memory

The Macbook Pro Retina has a pretty typical internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina.

If you are looking for a laptop with a bigger internal memory then you might want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1773437_price] (16GB) which is also higher rated.

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SSD Storage Media

This laptop has an SSD storage media, which is the most frequently found storage media on MacBooks that have been on the market for 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.

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 MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina[pl_2191590_price], or the MacBook Air Early 2014[pl_2213130_price] both from Apple.

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Average Display Diagonal

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a pretty typical display diagonal (15.4 inches) compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 15.4" laptops currently available including the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price] which has better reviews.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively typical total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 7 hours, the Macbook Pro Retina has a pretty average battery life (max) compared to most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

If you want a laptop with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2685254_price] (8h and higher rated).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly average weight compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

We compared all the other 2kg heavy laptops to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1773437_price] is also worth considering.

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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
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Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
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Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
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Expert Reviews

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User Reviews

(66)
Reviewed 13 August 2016 by GJ
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent machine fully packaged and sealed, intuitive and easy to set up. Very quick 2 day delivery from TechShark.

Reviewed 25 July 2016 by Steve
(Verified Purchase)

Top bit of kit, runs photoshop and indesign as fast as the mac pro that I used previously.

Reviewed 17 July 2016 by Sean
(Verified Purchase)

The computer arrived from TechShark after 2 days and was as advertised, a new, 2.5GHz, 512GB with the AMD Radeon M370x 2GB discrete graphics. At £1599.99, TechShark are offering a slightly more... Read more…

Reviewed 9 July 2016 by A. Birmingham
(Verified Purchase)

Expensive but worth every penny. I've waited a few months before writing this to be sure the shine had worn off, problem is the shine hasn't worn off yet! Great and intuitive to use, very glad I... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2016 by Owen P Smith-Jaynes
(Verified Purchase)

New boxed macbook pro, delivered quickly (next working day), no fuss. Excellent...

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