Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2014-07


Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2014-07Notebook: Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2014-07 (MacBook Pro 15 inch Series)
Processor: Intel Core i7 4770HQ
Graphics Adapter: Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200
Display: 15.6 inch, 16:10, 2880x1800 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2kg
Price: 1600 euro
Average Score: 85.75% - good
Average of 4 scores (from 8 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 90%, features: - %, display: - % mobility: 90%, workmanship: - %, ergonomy: - %, emissions: - %

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2014-07

90% Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch Retina Display (2014)
Source: PC Mag English
Essentially, the new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro is a very incremental upgrade to the model released late last year, and if you already have the 2013 model, there's no need to make the move. The Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch, Retina Display (2014)$1,234.99 at Amazon is still our recommendation if you're willing to trade screen size for portability. That said, if you're a Mac power user upgrading from a pre-Retina-Display MacBook Pro (or MacBook Air), this laptop is certainly worth it. It's worthy of our highest recommendation and Editors' Choice badge for best high-end desktop-replacement laptop.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/22/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
90% MacBook Pro Laptop 15″ Review (2014 update)
Source: Our IT Department English
The price drop is a welcomed addition to the mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro models, especially with the high end model where the price is now reduced by £200. The MacBook Pro is still quite pricey and may be cost prohibitive for some Apple fans. If flash storage, better performance, and portability is important to you, the additional cost may be well worth it. Overall, if you can afford the Retina MacBook Pro 15-inch model, then I would recommend it. You will not be disappointed!
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/18/2014
Rating: Total score: 90%
Which Mac laptop? MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro comparative review
Source: English
In 2013, when Apple reduced the price of the MacBook Pro with Retina display range, we stopped recommending the 13-inch MacBook Air on the basis that there was only £150 difference in price. As Apple has continued to drop prices we are still looking at just a £150 difference between the two ranges at the entry level. It's great to see Apple reducing prices across its MacBook ranges, but the lower prices of the MacBook Pro Retina range do have the effect of making the MacBook Air look less attractive in comparison. However, we still love the MacBook Air, which is lighter and thinner, although a fraction bigger than the MacBook Pro with Retina display. If it's the MacBook Air that you have your heart set on, you can't go wrong with it, but if you have a little more in your budget, then consider the MacBook Pro with Retina display because it's a really good deal in comparison.
Comparison, online available, Medium, Date: 08/14/2014
80% Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display
Source: Comp Reviews English
While the Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina display is still a very expensive laptop, the 2014 refresh boosts up the still very excellent system. Users that want high performance and long running times are not going to find any system with the same attributes from Windows based systems.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/13/2014
Rating: Total score: 80%
83% Still the best higher-res laptop, but the competition is catching up
Source: CNet English
Apple has quietly upgraded almost the entire Mac lineup so far in 2014, minus the still-new Mac Pro desktop and the often-overlooked Mac Mini. Still, these upgrades are minor at best, and in most cases, not nearly as important as the price cuts some models (but not this one) have received at the same time.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 08/06/2014
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% mobility: 90%
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina review: updated with benchmarks and battery tests
Source: English
The price drops are welcome, especially at the top of the range where the 15in MacBook Pro with Retina display is now £200 cheaper. It's still pretty pricy at £1,999, though. Even the £1,599 price of the other 15-inch model, previously £1,699, will be prohibitive for some. Given that you can buy an iMac with superior specs for less, and there is no longer the issue with super-glossy screens, you really are paying a lot for portability and Flash storage - but that may be worth the extra expense to you. There's also the high-res Retina display to consider, but you may just prefer a bigger screen.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 08/06/2014

Foreign Reviews

Aufgefrischt mobil
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Comparison, online available, Long, Date: 09/05/2014
Review 2014 MacBook Pro versus MacBook Air: Apple-laptop aankoopadvies
Source: Computer Totaal Dutch NL→EN
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 09/06/2014



The Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2014 is the latest edition to the line-up that maintains familiarity but with upgraded specification. The beautifully crafted aluminium chassis still takes centre stage and this time it houses the 15 inch Retina display that renders beautiful image quality. At the core of the gorgeous exterior is a 2.2 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 with Turbo Boost capability up to 3.4 GHz, 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3L SDRAM, NVIDIA GeForce GT750M with 2 GB GDDR5 VRAM, and 512 GB PCIe flash storage.

All the specs above suggests that this MacBook will be buttery smooth and satisfy high demands from users. Another notable feature is the backlit keyboard with black keys making it almost as iconic as the chassis itself. Users can also load up on pre-install software options such as Final Cut Pro X, Logic Pro X and Aperture. There are a plenty of accessories for the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2014; from various display adaptors to external Thunderbolt storage and Apple TV. There is a built-in battery that offers superb battery life of around 8 hours usage.


The Retina display is a display which has high enough pixel density that the human retina can’t distinguish individual pixels and was first introduced as a cutting edge technology together with the iPhone 4. Thanks to the retina display, the iPhone 4 was called "Best device in its class" by The Wall Street Journal, and "Best smartphone on the market" by Engadget. The MacBook Pro with Retina display introduced at the WWDC in San Francisco in June 2012 is a separate product line, independent of the original MacBook Pro and should continue the success of the iPhone.

Apart from just the retina display, this new laptop also features a new design similar to that of the MacBook Air, but without Super Drive as well as Ethernet and FireWire 800 ports. Unlike the original MacBook Pro series with standard hard drive, it includes a Solid State Drive. In short, every technological advantage of Apple are concentrated on this new MacBook Pro with Retina display, from the amazing display found in the iPhone, iPad to robust system performance of the MacBook Pro as well as the portability, design and flash storage - this laptop has it all.

In particular the retina display is the sharpest computer display and outclasses every other laptop or computer display by far at the time of its introduction. It is that important that Apple even decided to  call this laptop "MacBook Pro with retina display". In fact, the display alone outweighs the biggest disadvantage of the new MacBook Pro, the price – it's Apple we are talking about. If you can afford the steep entry price, this is the most amazing laptop money can buy.

Intel Iris Pro Graphics 5200:

Integrated graphics (GT3 + eDRAM) as found on certain Haswell CPUs. It is the fastest version in its family.

With these GPUs you are able to play modern and demanding games fluently at medium detail settings and HD resolution.

» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

Intel Core i7: The Intel Core i7 for laptops is based on the LG1156 Core i5/i7 CPU for desktops. The base clock speed of the CPUs is relatively low, but because of a huge Turbo mode, the cores can dynamically overclock to up to 3.2 GHz (920XM). Therefore, the CPU can be as fast as high clocked dual-core CPUs (using single threaded applications) but still offer the advantage of 4 cores. Because of the large TDP of 45 W / 55 W, the CPU is only intended for large laptops.  

4770HQ: An Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.2 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.4 GHz. Offers an integrated Iris Pro Graphics 5200 GPU and a dual channel DDR3 memory controller.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

15.6": 15 inch display-variants are the standard and are used for more than the half of all notebooks. 15.4 inch display with 16:10 are the standard for notebook displays. However nowadays, more and more 16:9 displays with 15.6 inch appear. The reason why so many people like displays with medium size is, that this size is not exhausting for the eyes, does not need too much energy and the laptops can be kept quite compact.» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.

2 kg: These sub-notebooks weight less than the average of all notebooks, but represent a heavier class of weight among the sub-notebooks. 12 inch displays are normal for this class of weight.

Apple: Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation which designs and manufactures consumer electronics and software products. Apple software includes the Mac OS X operating system but nowadays Macbooks are also able to run Windows. The company operates more than 250 retail stores in nine countries and an online store where hardware and software products are sold. Established in California in 1977, Apple has about 35,000 employees worldwide and had worldwide annual sales of US$ 32.48 billion in its fiscal year 2008. Market share regarding sales of personal computers in 2007 (market research IDC): HP 18.9 %, Dell 16.4 %, Acer 9.9 %, Lenovo 7.5 %, Apple 5.7 %

Apple reviews

85.75%: This is a good rating above average. Nevertheless you should not forget, that 10-15% of all notebook-models get a better rating.

» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

Devices with the same GPU

» MSI GS30 Shadow
Core i7 4870HQ, 13.3", 1.3 kg
» MSI GS30 2M-016UK
Core i7 4870HQ, 13.3", 1.2 kg
» Cyberpower Zeus Hercules
Core i7 4750HQ, 14.0", 1.8 kg
» Schenker S413
Core i7 4750HQ, 14.0", 1.9 kg

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» Dell Precision M3800-9325
Quadro K1100M, Core i7 4712MQ
» MSI GS60 2QD-470UK
GeForce GTX 965M, Core i7 4720HQ
» Asus UX501JW-CN209H
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 4720HQ
» Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59442843
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 4720HQ
» Acer Chromebook 15 CB3-531
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Celeron N2830
» Kogan Atlas X1510
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Pentium N3540
» Asus G501JW
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 4720HQ
» MSI GE62 2QD-029UK
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 4720HQ
» Toshiba Satellite C55D-B5242
Radeon R3 (Mullins/Beema), A-Series A4-6210
» HP Pavilion 15-p207ng
HD Graphics 5500, Core i3 5010U
» Lenovo ThinkPad T550-20CK0004GE
HD Graphics 5500, Core i5 5200U
» HP ProBook 450 G2-L3Q26EA
HD Graphics 5500, Core i7 5500U
» Lenovo IdeaPad Y50-70-59441231
GeForce GTX 960M, Core i7 4710HQ
» HP EliteBook 850 G2 J8R68EA
Radeon R7 M260X, Core i7 5500U
» MSI GE62-2QEWi78H11
GeForce GTX 965M, Core i7 4720HQ
» HP Envy 15-u050sr x360
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4210U
» Asus NX500JK-DR017H
GeForce GTX 850M, Core i7 4712HQ
» Lenovo ThinkPad W550s-20E1000BPB
Quadro K620M, Core i7 5600U
» Acer Chromebook 15 CB5-571-32AS
HD Graphics 5500, Core i3 5005U
» Acer Aspire V15 Nitro VN7-591G-76BT
GeForce GTX 860M, Core i7 4710HQ
» Asus X555MA
HD Graphics 4400, Core i5 4210U
» HP 15-g237nr
Radeon HD 8400, A-Series A6-5200
» Dell Inspiron 15-3551
HD Graphics (Bay Trail), Pentium N3540
» HP Zbook 15U G2
FirePro W4170M, Core i7 5600U
» Lenovo IdeaPad Z50-75 80EC0079GE
Radeon R7 M260, Kaveri FX-7500
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Author: Stefan Hinum, 2014-08-12 (Update: 2014-08-12)