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Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina
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Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.8GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7 2.8GHz 16GB Aug 2014
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Apple Has Excellent Reviews for Its Laptops

Apple is one of the best portable PC brands according to average user and expert reviews, and Apple also has excellent ratings for its MacBooks.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The smallest maximum internal memory supported by processor of notebook PCs of a similar age and type to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 16GB and the biggest is 32GB. When compared to other MacBooks that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the maximum internal memory supported by processor of, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes is one of the biggest.

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Very Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

When compared to other portable PCs of this age and spec that we have assessed the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of 1,300 megahertz is one of the fastest. The average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency of notebook PCs that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 1,200MHz.

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Very New PCI Express Slot Version

Notebook PCs of this age and spec have PCI Express slot versions of between 2 and 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.6. When compared to other portable PCs of a comparable age and spec to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's PCI Express slot version of 3 is one of the newest.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) portable PC.

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Fairly Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of MacBooks that have been available for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 0.25GB and the biggest is 2GB. The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory (2 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Very Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 2 gigabytes, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is one of the biggest amongst laptops that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. The smallest maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of portable PCs of this type and age is 1.7GB, the biggest is 2GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 1.8GB.

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Quite Big Internal Memory

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big internal memory (16 gigabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for more than two years. The average internal memory of MacBooks that have been around for a comparable time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 9.4GB.

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Fairly Fast Processor Clock Speed

At 2.8 gigahertz, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite fast processor clock speed compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. Across all the similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the processor clock speeds range from 1GHz to 3.1GHz, and the average processor clock speed is 2.4GHz.

If you want a faster processor clock speed then you might want to consider the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (3.1GHz) which also has a higher rating.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a full-size keyboard, as do most of the other portable PCs of this spec and age.

Other portable PCs with a full-size keyboard currently available which you might also want to look at include the Apple MacBook Pro Late 2012 Retina which has better reviews.

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Has a Front Camera

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a front camera. Most of the other portable PCs that were released more than two years ago also have a front camera.

We compared this laptop to all the other portable PCs with a front camera and we think the Apple MacBook Pro Late 2012 Retina which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a better processor family than most laptops that are a comparable age to it. This portable PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, whereas most laptops that have been available for around the same time as it have an AMD E processor family. Similar spec portable PCs that have been around for more than two years processor families range from Intel Pentium M to Intel Core i7-4xxx.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than the 133MHz processor memory clock speed supported by most MacBooks that were launched more than two years ago. This portable PC also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is actually the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all similar spec notebook PCs that were released 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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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on portable PCs of this type and age. 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 notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including because of it's better review score, the MacBook Pro Late 2012 Retina, the MacBook Air Early 2014, or the MacBook Pro Late 2012 Retina all from Apple.

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Quite Big Total Storage Capacity

At 512 gigabytes, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly big total storage capacity compared to most of the other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been around for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. The average total storage capacity of portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 390GB, and the total storage capacity range from 120GB to 1TB.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina ($3,400.00) (1TB).

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Very Big Maximum Internal Memory

The maximum internal memory of the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina of 32,768 megabytes is one of the biggest amongst MacBooks that came out more than two years ago. The average maximum internal memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 21GB, and the maximum internal memories range from 16GB to 33GB.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This laptop has an 802.11a|802.11ac|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as it.

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Very Big Cache Memory

When compared to other comparable spec notebook PCs that have been on the market for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's cache memory of 6 megabytes is one of the biggest. The average cache memory of notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 3.4MB, and the cache memories range from 3MB to 6MB.

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Very Fast Maximum WiFi Data Rate

At 1,300 megabit per second, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite fast maximum WiFi data rate compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar age and spec to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina have maximum WiFi data rate of between 450 Mbit/s and 1,300 Mbit/s, and the average maximum WiFi data rate is 690 Mbit/s.

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Very Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

When compared to other laptops that were launched more than two years ago that we have assessed, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina's maximum turbo frequency of 4 gigahertz is one of the fastest. The average maximum turbo frequency of similar spec notebook PCs that were released more than two years ago is 3.4GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.6GHz to 4GHz.

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Fairly Big Flash Memory

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger flash memory (512 gigabytes) amongst comparable spec portable PCs of this age. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that have been available for a comparable time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the flash memory range from 120GB to 1TB, and the average flash memory is 330GB.

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Very Big Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

The MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big discrete graphics adapter memory (2,048 megabytes) compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a similar age to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. The smallest discrete graphics adapter memory of laptops that have been around for a comparable time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 250MB and the biggest is 2.1GB.

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2 Reasons Against

Quite Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

When compared to other MacBooks that have been on the market for a similar time to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina, the on-board graphics adapter base frequency of the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina of only 200 megahertz is one of the slowest. Across all the MacBooks that were released more than two years ago the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz.

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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 it is worth noting that most of the other laptops of a similar age and type to the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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

Released Over Two Years Ago

Apple released the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina over two years ago.

Average Screen Size

With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly average screen size compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Average Battery Life

At 8 hours, the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly average battery life compared to most of the other portable PCs that were launched around the same time as the MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might also want to look at the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina (9h and higher rated).

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Average Weight

At 2 kilograms, the Apple MacBook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively typical weight compared to most of the other laptops of this type and age.

If you are not bothered about having a heavier weight then you might also want to look at the Apple Macbook Pro Retina ($3,400.00) (2kg).

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Specification

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Expert Reviews

(52)
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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User Reviews

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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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