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Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.2GHz 16GB 256GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the MacBooks that have been around for more than a year. Most of the MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max), however this portable PC has 16 PCI Express lanes (max).

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This notebook PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is the most commonly supported processor operating mode on comparable spec laptops that were released around the same time as it.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

At 1,200 megahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency compared to most of the other portable PCs of this type and age. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 850MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger internal memory amongst notebook PCs of this age. The smallest internal memory of laptops of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 4GB and the biggest is 16GB.

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Has a Front Camera

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a front camera. Most of the other MacBooks that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina also have a front camera.

Alternative laptops with a front camera currently available that you might also 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.

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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 portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available including the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina both from Apple which is cheaper.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has an Intel Core i7 processor family which is better than the Intel Core i5 processor family found on most laptops of a similar spec and age to it.

An Intel Core i7 processor family is in fact the best processor family across all MacBooks that were launched more than a year ago.

An Intel Core i5-5xxx processor family is the worst processor family amongst comparable types of portable PC.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs of this type and age. This Apple notebook PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most notebook PCs that are a similar age to it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across all portable PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

A 133MHz processor memory clock speed is the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across comparable types of notebook PC.

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Fairly Big Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst MacBooks of this age. The average screen size of laptops of this age and type is 13".

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

Notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have processor caches of between 3MB and 8MB. At 6 megabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has more processor threads than most of the notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. This Apple notebook PC is a eight processor thread notebook PC compared to most of the MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina which only have between four and seven processor threads.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.4 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out more than a year ago. The maximum turbo frequencies of laptops that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz.

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Quite Fast Maximum WiFi Data Rate

With a maximum WiFi data rate of 1,300 megabit per second, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the faster maximum WiFi data rate amongst MacBooks of this age. The slowest maximum WiFi data rate of laptops of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 450 Mbit/s, the fastest is 1,300 Mbit/s, and the average maximum WiFi data rate is 620 Mbit/s.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a better Wi-Fi standard than most laptops of this age and type. This notebook PC has an 802.11n WiFi standard, whereas most MacBooks that were released one year ago have an 802.11a WiFi standard. In addition, this portable PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

An 802.11n WiFi standard is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

Amongst similar types of laptop the worst Wi-Fi standard is 802.11a.

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Very Big Battery Capacity

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the biggest battery capacities (99.5 watt-hours) amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The average battery capacity of notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 68Wh.

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Quite Big Maximum Internal Memory

With a maximum internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger maximum internal memory amongst MacBooks of this age. MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year have maximum internal memory of between 4GB and 16GB.

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3 Reasons Against

Heavy

The weights of MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year range from 920g to 2.1kg. At 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is quite heavy compared to most of the other comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the smaller hard drive capacity (only 256 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. Portable PCs that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have hard drive capacity of between 250GB and 750GB.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

Like most of the other MacBooks that have been available for more than a year, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina

Released Over a Year Ago

Apple released the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina over a year ago.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively typical processor clock speed (2.2 gigahertz) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

Notebook PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth looking at include the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (2.7GHz and cheaper), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (2.9GHz and cheaper) both from Apple.

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SSD Storage Medium

This laptop has an SSD storage medium, which is typical of many portable PCs of this age and spec. 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 other laptops that have an SSD storage media currently available including the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina, or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina all from Apple which is cheaper.

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Average Battery Life

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively standard battery life (9 hours) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If this portable PC battery life is too short for you then you might also want to consider the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (10h), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (10h) both from Apple which is also cheaper.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 256 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly typical total storage capacity compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If this notebook PC total storage capacity is too small for you then you might want to look at the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (512GB and cheaper).

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Specification

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Touch Sensitive Screen
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Graphics
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On-Board Graphics Adapter
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Optical Drive
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Camera
Swivel Webcam
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4G
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Expert Reviews

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17 May 2015

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice for those who demand outstanding performance and a display to match...

Laptopmag.com

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
23 October 2014

Expert Reviews

UPDATE: Although the model in this review has since been replaced by a slightly faster version, the only difference is a 200MHz processor clock speed boost. Apart from some minor improvements to... Read more…

3 October 2014

I'm very fond of my MacBook Pro. It's an early 2011 17?model: the penultimate model before Apple discontinued the 17? chassis. And there's the rub. If you want a large-screen Macbook Pro now, your... Read more…

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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…

Reviewed 9 January 2015 by Amol
Amol would recommend the Apple MacBook Pro 13.3 inch Retina - Mid 2014 MGX92/MGX82/MGX72

This is a wonderful piece of technology. Got my wife this for Christmas. She was super thrilled. She had the old Macbook Pro and this is so much slimmer and lighter. The retina display is the... Read more…

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