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Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.5GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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19 Reasons For

Apple Has Excellent Notebook PC Reviews

We checked 3,368 owner and expert reviews for Apple laptops and found that on average Apple has excellent reviews. We also found that Apple has excellent reviews specifically for its MacBooks.

16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. This notebook PC is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) notebook PC compared to most of the laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina which only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Fairly New PCI Express Slot Version

Notebook PCs of this type and age have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3. At 3, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other portable PCs of a similar age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This laptop supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many portable PCs of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

Similar spec laptops that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies of between 850MHz and 1,300MHz. With an on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,200 megahertz, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies amongst MacBooks of this age.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The smallest internal memory of similar spec laptops that have been around for more than a year is 4GB, the biggest is 16GB, and the average internal memory is 8.6GB. The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger internal memory (16 gigabytes) amongst MacBooks of this age.

There are a number of alternative 16GB internal memory notebook PCs currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1773437_price].

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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 a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina also have a front camera.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other notebook PCs with a front camera currently available including because of it's better review score, the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1762651_price].

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than a year, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a full-size keyboard.

Alternative portable PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might want to look at include the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_1762651_price] which has better reviews.

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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 most notebook PCs of a similar age and type to it. Most comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to it have an Intel Core i5 processor family.

An Intel Core i7 processor family is actually the best processor family amongst all notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

The worst processor family amongst similar types of portable PC is Intel Core i5-5xxx.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina supports a faster memory clock speeds supported by processor than most portable PCs of this spec and age. This portable PC supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed, whereas most comparable spec portable PCs that have been around for around the same time as it support a 133MHz processor memory clock speed. In addition, this Apple portable PC supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

This notebook PC's memory clock speeds supported by processor (1,600MHz) is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

The worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor across similar types of notebook PC is 133MHz.

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Very Big Screen Size

Across all the MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the screen sizes range from 11" to 16", and the average screen size is 13". With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the biggest screen sizes amongst MacBooks of this age.

Other 15.4" notebook PCs currently available which you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Retina[pl_1762651_price], or the Macbook Pro Retina[pl_1773437_price] both from Apple.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

With a total storage capacity of 512 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other similar spec laptops that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. MacBooks that were released one year ago have total storage capacity of between 120GB and 520GB, and the average total storage capacity is 300GB.

We compared all the other 512GB total storage capacity notebook PCs to this portable PC and we think the Macbook Pro Retina[pl_1762651_price], and the Macbook Pro Retina[pl_1773437_price] both from Apple which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

Similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than a year have processor caches of between 3MB and 8MB, and the average processor cache is 3.9MB. At 6 megabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big processor cache compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were released one year ago.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has more processor threads than most of the MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year. Most of the portable PCs that were released around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina only have between four and seven processor threads, however this notebook PC has eight processor threads.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

Across all the MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz. The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the fastest maximum turbo frequencies (3.7 gigahertz) amongst MacBooks of this age.

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Very Fast Maximum WiFi Data Rate

With a maximum WiFi data rate of 1,300 megabit per second, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the fastest maximum WiFi data rate amongst MacBooks of this age. The slowest maximum WiFi data rate of portable PCs of this age and spec is 450 Mbit/s and the fastest is 1,300 Mbit/s.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has an 802.11n WiFi standard which is better than most laptops of this age and type. Most laptops of this age and type have an 802.11a WiFi standard. This portable PC also have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is in fact the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all notebook PCs that have been on the market for more than a year.

The worst Wi-Fi standard amongst similar types of laptop is 802.11a.

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Quite Big Battery Capacity

Portable PCs of this age and spec have battery capacities of between 35Wh and 100Wh. At 99.5 watt-hours, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops that were released one year ago.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

With a flash memory of 512 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger flash memory amongst portable PCs of this age. The flash memory of MacBooks that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 120GB to 520GB, and the average flash memory is 300GB.

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3 Reasons Against

Heavy

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is one of the heavier notebook PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina (2 kilograms) amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The lightest portable PC of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 920g heavy, the heaviest is 2.1kg, and the average weight is 1.5kg.

Other laptops with a heavier weight that you might want to look at include the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina[plb_2392887_price] (2kg).

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen, although this is within the context that most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Very Slow Memory Clock Speed

With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly slow memory clock speed compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this age and type. The average memory clock speed of notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 1,700MHz.

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

Released Over a Year Ago

This portable PC has been on the market for over a year.

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.5 gigahertz, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly standard processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

Portable PCs with a faster processor clock speed that might be worth considering include the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2841845_price] (2.7GHz), the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2864748_price] (2.7GHz), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price] (2.9GHz) all from Apple.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on laptops of a similar spec and age to 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 compared all the other laptops that have an SSD storage media to this portable PC and we think because of it's better review score, the Macbook Pro Retina[pl_1762651_price], the Macbook Pro Retina[pl_1762651_price], and the MacBook Air Early 2015[pl_2873713_price] all from Apple is also worth considering.

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Average Battery Life

With a battery life of 9 hours, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than a year.

Alternative 9h battery life portable PCs currently available that you might also want to consider include because of it's better review score, the MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina[pl_2191590_price], or the Macbook Air Early 2014[pl_2273957_price] both from Apple.

If this portable PC battery life is not long enough for you then you might also want to consider the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price] (10h), the MacBook Air Early 2015[pl_2802680_price] (10h), or the MacBook Air Early 2015[pl_2803558_price] (10h) all from Apple.

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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...

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
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

(287)
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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Two Times Lighter
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4 core Intel Core i7 2.5GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4"
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A Lot Narrower
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