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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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Apple Has Excellent Notebook PC Reviews

Apple has excellent average reviews for its MacBooks as well as across its entire portable PC range compared to other brands.

Fairly Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The maximum internal memory supported by processors of comparable spec laptops that have been available for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 16GB to 32GB, and the average maximum internal memory supported by processor is 20GB. With a maximum internal memory supported by processor of 32 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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Quite New PCI Express Slot Version

The oldest PCI Express slot version of MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 2 and the newest is 3. With a PCI Express slot version of 3, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite new PCI Express slot version compared to most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the portable PCs of a comparable type and age 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 of this age and spec which only have between 12 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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64-Bit Processor Operating Mode

This portable PC supports a 64-bit processor operating mode, which is typical of many laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency

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. Across all the portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequencies range from 850MHz to 1,300MHz.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

With an internal memory of 16 gigabytes, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger internal memory amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age. The average internal memory of comparable spec portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 9.7GB.

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Has a Front Camera

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a front camera, as do most of the other laptops that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

Alternative portable PCs with a front camera currently available that you might want to look at include cheaper portable PCs such as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price], or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2864748_price] both from Apple.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

Like most of the other comparable spec laptops that were launched around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a full-size keyboard.

Other laptops with a full-size keyboard currently available that you might want to consider include the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price], or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2864748_price] both from Apple which is cheaper.

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This laptop has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is the most frequently found processor family on similar spec portable PCs that came out more than a year ago.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The 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 portable PCs that have been available for around the same time as it. This Apple laptop also supports 1 and 333MHz processor memory clock speeds.

A 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed is in fact the best supported memory clock speeds supported by processor amongst all portable PCs that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

Amongst similar types of laptop the worst supported memory clock speeds supported by processor is 133MHz.

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Quite Big Screen Size

Across all the portable PCs of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the screen sizes range from 11" to 16". With a screen size of 15.4 inches, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger screen sizes amongst similar spec portable PCs of this age.

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Eight Processor Threads

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is a eight processor thread notebook PC.

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Fairly Fast Maximum Turbo Frequency

The average maximum turbo frequency of MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 3.1GHz, and the maximum turbo frequencies range from 2.3GHz to 3.7GHz. With a maximum turbo frequency of 3.4 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly fast maximum turbo frequency compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that were released one year ago.

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Fairly Big Processor Cache

The smallest processor cache of MacBooks that have been available for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is 3MB, the biggest is 8MB, and the average processor cache is 4MB. With a processor cache of 6 megabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the bigger processor caches amongst similar spec laptops of this age.

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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 comparable spec notebook PCs that are a similar age to it. Most MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to it have an 802.11a WiFi standard. In addition, this portable PC have 802.11ac and 802.11b and 802.11g WiFi standards.

This laptop's Wi-Fi standard (802.11n) is actually the best Wi-Fi standard amongst all laptops that were launched more than a year ago.

An 802.11a WiFi standard is the worst Wi-Fi standard amongst similar types of laptop.

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64-Bit Operating System Architecture

This laptop has a 64-bit operating system architecture, which is the most commonly found operating system architecture on portable PCs that have been available for more than a year.

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Fairly Big Battery Capacity

At 99.5 watt-hours, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a fairly big battery capacity compared to most of the other laptops of this age and spec. The battery capacities of portable PCs that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 38Wh to 100Wh.

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2x SO-DIMM Memory Slot

This portable PC has a 2x SO-DIMM memory slot, which is typical of many notebook PCs that were launched more than a year ago.

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5 Reasons Against

Very Slow On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite slow on-board graphics adapter base frequency (only 200 megahertz) compared to most of the other portable PCs of a comparable type and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina. Across all the laptops of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina the on-board graphics adapter base frequencies range from 200MHz to 650MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter base frequency is 310MHz.

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Very Small Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

At only 2 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a quite small maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than a year. The maximum on-board graphics adapter memories of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 2GB to 16GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 13GB.

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Heavy

The weights of notebook PCs of a similar spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina range from 920g to 2.1kg, and the average weight is 1.5kg. At 2 kilograms, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina is fairly heavy 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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Very Small Hard Drive Capacity

Portable PCs that have been around for more than a year have hard drive capacity of between 250GB and 750GB, and the average hard drive capacity is 500GB. The Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has one of the smaller hard drive capacity (only 256 gigabytes) amongst portable PCs of this age.

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other MacBooks that have been around for more than a year also do 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

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

Average Processor Clock Speed

At 2.2 gigahertz, the Apple Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a pretty typical processor clock speed compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If this notebook PC processor clock speed is not fast enough for you then you might want to look at the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2864748_price] (2.7GHz and cheaper), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price] (2.9GHz and cheaper) both from Apple.

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SSD Storage Medium

This portable PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most frequently found storage medium on laptops that have been available for a similar time 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.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative notebook PCs that have an SSD storage media currently available including cheaper notebook PCs such as the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price], the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2864748_price], or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price] all from Apple.

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Average Battery Life

At 9 hours, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively standard battery life compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If you are looking for a longer battery life then you might want to look at the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2793325_price] (10h and cheaper), or the MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[pl_2864748_price] (10h and cheaper) both from Apple.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

At 256 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina has a relatively standard total storage capacity compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Mid 2014 Retina.

If you are looking for a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to look at the Apple MacBook Pro Early 2015 Retina[plb_2793325_price] (512GB) which is also cheaper.

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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® Smart Response Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
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)
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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
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

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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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