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Apple Macbook Pro Retina 4 Core Intel Core I7 2.3GHz 16GB 512GB SSD 15.4" Laptop

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4 Intel Core I7 2.3GHz 16GB Aug 2012
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15 Reasons For

Apple Notebook PCs Have Excellent Reviews

We checked 3,046 owner and expert reviews for Apple laptops and found that on average Apple has excellent ratings compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Apple has excellent ratings specifically for its MacBooks.

A Best Selling Laptop

According to sales data from Amazon, the Macbook Pro Retina is a popular choice amongst customers who bought notebook PCs in the last 3 months.

Very Big Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

The average maximum internal memory supported by processor of MacBooks that have been around for a similar time to the Macbook Pro Retina is 25GB, and the maximum internal memory supported by processors range from 16GB to 32GB. At 32 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite big maximum internal memory supported by processor compared to most of the other similar spec notebook PCs that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina.

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16 PCI Express Lanes (max)

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has more PCI Express lanes (max) than most of the MacBooks that have been available for more than two years. This laptop is a 16 PCI Express lane (max) laptop compared to most of the MacBooks that have been on the market for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina which only have between 1 and 15 PCI Express lanes (max).

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Quite New PCI Express Slot Version

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly new PCI Express slot version (3) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a similar type and age to the Macbook Pro Retina. The PCI Express slot versions of portable PCs that were released more than two years ago range from 2 to 3, and the average PCI Express slot version is 2.5.

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Fairly Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency

The Macbook Pro Retina has one of the faster on-board graphics adapter base frequencies (650 megahertz) amongst similar spec laptops of this age. The slowest on-board graphics adapter base frequency of MacBooks that were launched more than two years ago is 200MHz and the fastest is 650MHz.

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Very Big Internal Memory

At 16 gigabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a very big internal memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of this spec and age. Across all the similar spec notebook PCs that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Retina the internal memory range from 4GB to 16GB.

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Has a Full-Size Keyboard

The Macbook Pro Retina has a full-size keyboard. Most of the other MacBooks that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina also have a full-size keyboard.

We think you might also be interested in other laptops which also have a full-size keyboard including the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2649154_price].

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Intel Core I7 Processor Family

This portable PC has an Intel Core i7 processor family, which is typical of many portable PCs that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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1,600MHz Processor Memory Clock Speed

The Macbook Pro Retina supports a 1,600MHz processor memory clock speed which is faster than most laptops of a comparable age and type to it. Most similar spec laptops that are a comparable 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 similar spec laptops that came out around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina.

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

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SSD Storage Medium

This notebook PC has an SSD storage medium, which is the most commonly found storage medium on notebook 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.

If the storage medium of this MacBook is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2649154_price] (SSD).

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Fairly Big L3 Cache

Across all the MacBooks that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Retina the L3 caches range from 3MB to 8MB. At 6 megabytes, the Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly big L3 cache compared to most of the other similar spec portable PCs that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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802.11n WiFi Standard

This portable PC has an 802.11a|802.11b|802.11g|802.11n WiFi standard, which is the most commonly found WiFi standard on portable PCs of this age and type.

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Two Thunderbolt Ports

The Macbook Pro Retina is a two thunderbolt port notebook PC. Most of the other portable PCs of this age and type only have one thunderbolt port.

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Very Thin

At only 0.71 inches, the Macbook Pro Retina is fairly thin compared to most of the other laptops of a similar spec and age to the Macbook Pro Retina. The average height of MacBooks that were released more than two years ago is 0.83", and the heights range from 0.71" to 0.95".

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3 Reasons Against

Does Not Have a Front Camera

The Macbook Pro Retina does not have a front camera, unlike most of the other laptops of this spec and age which have a front camera.

There are a number of other notebook PCs which also have a front camera that you might want to consider including the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2649154_price].

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Does Not Have a Touch Sensitive Screen

The Macbook Pro Retina does not have a touch sensitive screen. Most of the other MacBooks that have been around for around the same time as the Macbook Pro Retina also do not have a touch sensitive screen.

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Quite Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

With a discrete graphics adapter memory of only 1,024 megabyte, the Macbook Pro Retina has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable age and spec to the Macbook Pro Retina. The discrete graphics adapter memory of comparable spec laptops that are a similar age to the Macbook Pro Retina range from 250MB to 2.1GB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 1.2GB.

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6 Other reasons to consider the Apple Macbook Pro Retina

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Apple notebook PC has been on the market for over four years.

Average Processor Clock Speed

The Macbook Pro Retina has a pretty average processor clock speed (2.3 gigahertz) compared to most of the other laptops of a comparable age and type to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Screen Size

The Apple Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively average screen size (15.4 inches) compared to most of the other MacBooks that have been around for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Total Storage Capacity

The Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively average total storage capacity (512 gigabytes) compared to most of the other laptops that have been available for a comparable time to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Average Battery Life

The Macbook Pro Retina has a fairly standard battery life (7 hours) compared to most of the other notebook PCs of a comparable spec and age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

Portable PCs with a longer battery life that might be worth considering include the Apple Macbook Pro Retina[plb_2649154_price] (8h).

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Average Weight

With a weight of 2 kilograms, the Macbook Pro Retina has a relatively average weight compared to most of the other MacBooks that are a comparable age to the Macbook Pro Retina.

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Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
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Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
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Expert Reviews

(24)

Privacy when using devices in public is essential for many people, but with laptop displays becoming better and better, with wider viewing angles, this causes an issue for some users. I mean, no... Read more…

17 July 2014

The MacBook Pro with Retina display (please, Apple; how about a shorter product name?) is considered by many to be a whole new take on what a notebook can be. Starting with a gorgeous Retina... Read more…

27 December 2013

Apple's latest MacBook is thin, light and boasts excellent battery life, but the premium price doesn't offer the value of the previous MacBook Pro which remains on sale...

The screen is the best that we've seen on a 13inch laptop and the battery life is still the best in the business
Stunning display
Faster
Beautiful screen
Excellent backlit keyboard
The premium price for the Retina display account for almost a third of the price, meaning a non Retina version costs substantially less
Memory not upgradeable
Noticeable Display Lag
NonRetina supported apps look terrible
No dedicated graphics card
3 December 2012

Apple gives the razor-sharp-screen treatment to its 13-inch MacBook Pro, creating a 3.6-pound ultrabook killer for digital content creators...

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23 November 2012

After the stellar 15" version, this year's 13" MacBook Pro with Retina Display won us over with its impeccable finishing, quality screen, silent fan, battery life and processing power. All Apple...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 13 August 2016 by GJ
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent machine fully packaged and sealed, intuitive and easy to set up. Very quick 2 day delivery from TechShark.

Reviewed 25 July 2016 by Steve
(Verified Purchase)

Top bit of kit, runs photoshop and indesign as fast as the mac pro that I used previously.

Reviewed 17 July 2016 by Sean
(Verified Purchase)

The computer arrived from TechShark after 2 days and was as advertised, a new, 2.5GHz, 512GB with the AMD Radeon M370x 2GB discrete graphics. At £1599.99, TechShark are offering a slightly more... Read more…

Reviewed 9 July 2016 by A. Birmingham
(Verified Purchase)

Expensive but worth every penny. I've waited a few months before writing this to be sure the shine had worn off, problem is the shine hasn't worn off yet! Great and intuitive to use, very glad I... Read more…

Reviewed 8 July 2016 by Owen P Smith-Jaynes
(Verified Purchase)

New boxed macbook pro, delivered quickly (next working day), no fuss. Excellent...

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