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Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina

Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina 2 Core Intel Core I5 2.9GHz 8GB 512GB SSD 13.3" Laptop

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2 Intel Core I5 2.9GHz 8GB Mar 2015
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Apple Notebook PCs Have Excellent Reviews

Apple is one of the best laptop brands according to average reviews from experts and users, and Apple also has excellent ratings for its MacBooks.

Popular Choice

Across all portable PCs, the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina is one the most popular products currently available.

64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 32-bit|64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many similar spec portable PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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1,866MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs of this age and type. This portable PC supports a 1,866MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most laptops that were released one year ago support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this notebook PC support 1, 333MHz and 1 and 600MHz processor memory clock speeds. Portable PCs of this age and spec processor memory clock speeds range from 133MHz to 2,133MHz.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

The MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a quite fast processor clock speed (2.9 gigahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year. The processor clock speeds of portable PCs that were released around the same time as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina range from 0.9GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.1GHz.

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Has a Front Camera

The Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a front camera, as do most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than a year.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think cheaper notebook PCs such as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, and the MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99) both from Apple is also worth considering.

We compared all the other laptops which also have a front camera to this portable PC and we think the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is also worth considering.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina.

We compared this portable PC to all the other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard and we think the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, and the MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99) both from Apple which is cheaper is also worth considering.

It is worth considering alternative laptops which also have a full-size keyboard including the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Fairly Long Battery Life

The battery lifes of MacBooks that came out more than a year ago range from 7h to 12h. The Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a quite long battery life (10 hours) compared to most of the other MacBooks that were released one year ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 10h battery life laptops currently available including the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, the MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina all from Apple which is cheaper.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for around the same time as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 520GB. The MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a quite big total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina.

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Quite Fast Memory Clock Speed

The average memory clock speed of laptops of a comparable age and spec to the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina is 1,700MHz, and the memory clock speeds range from 1,600MHz to 1,900MHz. The MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has one of the faster memory clock speeds (1,866 megahertz) amongst MacBooks of this age.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most laptops of a similar spec and age to it. Most MacBooks that were launched around the same time as it have an 802.11a WiFi standard. In addition, this portable PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This notebook PC's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina.

The worst Wi-Fi standard across comparable types of notebook PC is 802.11a.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

The Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has one of the bigger flash memory (512 gigabytes) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The average flash memory of portable PCs of this age and spec is 300GB, and the flash memory range from 120GB to 520GB.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

Across all the MacBooks that have been available for more than a year the battery capacities range from 35Wh to 100Wh, and the average battery capacity is 68Wh. With a battery capacity of 74.9 watt-hours, the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has one of the bigger battery capacities amongst notebook PCs of this age.

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AC Cable Included

This laptop has an AC cable included, which is the most frequently found cable included on MacBooks that have been available for more than a year.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina

Released Over a Year Ago

It was over a year ago when Apple released the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina.

Average Internal Memory

The MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a relatively average internal memory (8 gigabytes) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina.

Other 8GB internal memory portable PCs currently available which you might also want to look at include the Apple MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99) which is cheaper.

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago. 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative portable PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including the MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99), the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, or the MacBook Air Early 2015 ($1,273.99) all from Apple which is cheaper.

If the storage medium of this portable PC is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (SSD).

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Intel Core I5 Processor Family

This notebook PC has an Intel Core i5 processor family, which is typical of many comparable spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 13.3 inches, the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a relatively typical screen size compared to most of the other laptops that came out around the same time as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina.

We compared this portable PC to all the other 13.3" notebook PCs and we think the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, and the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina both from Apple which is cheaper is also worth considering.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 1.6 kilograms, the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

Alternative 1.6kg heavy laptops currently available which you might want to consider include cheaper portable PCs such as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina both from Apple.

Alternative notebook PCs with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (2kg).

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Expert Reviews

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21 December 2015

When Dell released the first XPS 13 early on in 2015, it fell agonisingly short of greatness. The design was there, the core hardware was fast enough, but a series of niggling little flaws... Read more…

Immaculate build quality
Firstclass keyboard and IPS display
Sensational battery life
Force Touch trackpad is magic
Improved performance and battery life
Windows rivals now offer lighter weight, higher resolution
Lowend 128GB version doesn't offer much storage
What Force clicks do isn't always clear
Costs 200 more to gain the improved write speed and 129GB more storage space
Not much

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The new 13in MacBook Pro looks identical to last year's model, down to the last millimetre. But looks can be deceiving: this updated laptop quietly debuts Apple's brand-new Force Touch trackpad. ... Read more…

26 May 2015

I've always been a fan of the MacBook Pro with Retina display. Though my personal preference is for the 15-inch model, the 13-inch modeled I tested are attractive laptops in their own right. If...

Lisa Gade compares the 13? Retina MacBook Pro (2015) and the HP Spectre x360 laptops. Check out our video review of the 13? Retina MacBook Pro (2015)...

In early March, Apple updated its MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display notebooks with Intel's latest 5th generation ?Broadwell? processors . Broadwell is the codename for... Read more…

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Reviewed 21 March 2015 by Engineer Rex
Engineer Rex would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Early 2015 MF839/MF840/MF841

I write this review coming from an early 2008 MBP so I'm a bit blown away. I upgraded the OS on my current laptop one too many times and turned what was a very capable machine into a very... Read more…

Reviewed 12 March 2015 by Hardcore73
Hardcore73 would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Early 2015 MF839/MF840/MF841

The Macbook Pro 13 (Early 2015 Model) is lightning fast. The new touchpad is extremely easy to use and has a very unique feel to it with the Taptic feedback settings. You can now push harder on... Read more…

Reviewed 16 June 2015 by Chrissybear

I had a Mac Mini 2010 to run my business after yet another Windows PC went kaputt on me - and with only 2GB RAM on my first Mac, it was sometimes hard work... Despite that, I got a glimpse of how... Read more…

Reviewed 27 October 2015 by Caz56

After using an I Pad & I phone I decided to try a Mac after becoming frustrated by my windows laptop. Although the mac is quite a bit more expensive than a windows laptop, you could probably buy... Read more…

Reviewed 16 June 2015 by AndriaCP11

Really simple to set up, great for university work, we also bought Microsoft office to go with it. The 2 year warranty is great...

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Manufacturer Part Numbers apple 10118356, apple 10118356pcw
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