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

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4 Intel Core I7 2.6GHz 8GB Feb 2013
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13 Reasons For

Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Portable PCs

Apple MacBooks have excellent reviews on average and across all portable PCs Apple is one of the top rated brands.

Quite New PCI Express Slots Version

With a PCI Express slots version of 3, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a quite new PCI Express slots version compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Retina. The oldest PCI Express slots version of notebook PCs of this spec and age is 2 and the newest is 3.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

At 650 megahertz, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter base frequency compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than two years. The average on-board graphics adapter base frequency of laptops of this type and age is 440MHz, and the on-board graphics adapter base frequencys range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of 1,250 megahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s amongst notebook PCs of this age. Similar spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max)s of between 1,000MHz and 1,300MHz.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro Retina has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other MacBooks that were launched more than two years ago also have a full-size keyboard.

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

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on notebook PCs that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Big Display Diagonal

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has one of the bigger display diagonals (15.4 inches) amongst MacBooks of this age. The display diagonals of notebook PCs of this type and age range from 11" to 16", and the average display diagonal is 14".

There are a number of other 15.4" notebook PCs currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

At 768 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for more than two years. Portable PCs of this age and type have total storage capacitys of between 120GB and 1TB, and the average total storage capacity is 410GB.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (1TB and higher rated).

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Quite Fast Processor Boost Frequency

The processor boost frequencys of MacBooks that were launched more than two years ago range from 2.6GHz to 4GHz, and the average processor boost frequency is 3.3GHz. With a processor boost frequency of 3.6 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite fast processor boost frequency compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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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 MacBooks that came out more than two years ago.

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Two Thunderbolt Ports Quantitys

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is a two thunderbolt ports quantity portable PC.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)

With a battery capacity (Watt hours) of 95 watt-hours, the Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly big battery capacity (Watt hours) compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. Across all the laptops that have been on the market for a comparable time to 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 Apple Macbook Pro Retina has one of the bigger maximum internal memorys (16 gigabytes) amongst MacBooks of this age. The maximum internal memorys of MacBooks that were released more than two years ago range from 8GB to 16GB.

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2 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

Most of the other portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina have a front camera, however the Macbook Pro Retina does not have a front camera.

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

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Does Not Have a Touchscreen

Most similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina do not have a touchscreen. The Apple Macbook Pro Retina is no exception to this as it too does not have a touchscreen.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Apple laptop has been on the market for over four years.

Average Processor Frequency

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

It may also be worth considering one of the other 2.6GHz processor clock speed laptops currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro.

If this notebook PC processor frequency is not fast enough for you then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Late 2011 (2.66GHz and higher rated).

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Average Internal Memory

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

There are a number of alternative 8GB internal memory portable PCs currently available that you might want to look at including the Apple Macbook Pro which has better reviews.

If this MacBook internal memory is too small for you then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (16GB and higher rated).

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SSD Storage Media

This laptop has an SSD storage media, which is typical of many laptops that came out 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.

Other laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available which you might also want to consider include the MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina, or the MacBook Air Early 2014 both from Apple which has better reviews.

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Average Battery Life (max)

At 7 hours, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly average battery life (max) compared to most of the other laptops that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina.

If you want a notebook PC with a longer battery life (max) then you might want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina (8h) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Weight

At 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Specification

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Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Display
Display Diagonal
Display Resolution
Touchscreen
LED Backlight
Display Surface
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
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Discrete Graphics Adapter
Optical Drive
LightScribe
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Built-In Subwoofer
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Camera
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SmartCard Slot
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Combo Headphone/mic Port
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
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DVI Port
HDMI Ports Quantity
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Keyboard
Full-Size Keyboard
Numeric Keypad
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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel® Insider™
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
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Intel FDI Technology
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Fast Memory Access
Embedded Options Available
Intel® Secure Key
Execute Disable Bit
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CPU Configuration (max)
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel® Smart Cache
Intel 64
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
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Intel Enhanced Halt State
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
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Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
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Graphics Adapter Family
Infrared Data Port

2 Awards

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Brilliant Retina display
Over 11 hours of battery life
Comes with iLife and iWork software suites
Two Thunderbolt 2 ports
HDMI
Glossy screen
Ethernet requires adapter
Only upgradeable at time of order
Have been issues with a number of elements (now fixed), not as powerful as some would like, glossy screen, no discrete graphics, this or the Air
Virtually no upgradeability
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