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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05

Specifications

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05
Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 (MacBook Pro 15 inch Series)
Graphics adapter
AMD Radeon R9 M370X - 2048 MB, Core: 800 MHz, Memory: 4500 MHz, GDDR5, 14.502.1020.0, Enduro (nur OS X)
Memory
16384 MB 
, Dual-Channel DDR3L-1600, soldered
Display
15.4 inch 16:10, 2880 x 1800 pixel 221 PPI, APPA02E, IPS panel, LED backlight, glossy: yes
Mainboard
Intel HM87 (Lynx Point)
Storage
Apple SSD SM0512G, 512 GB 
, PCIe interface, 482 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Lynx Point PCH - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
2 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 2 DisplayPort, Audio Connections: Headset port (3.5 mm stereo jack), Card Reader: SD, Brightness Sensor
Networking
Broadcom BCM94360CS (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 4.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 18 x 358.9 x 247.1 ( = 0.71 x 14.13 x 9.73 in)
Battery
100 Wh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Apple OS X 10.10 Yosemite
Camera
Webcam: 720p FaceTime HD camera
Primary Camera: 1 MPix
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo, Keyboard: Chiclet, Keyboard Light: yes, 85-Watt PSU, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
2.04 kg ( = 71.96 oz / 4.5 pounds), Power Supply: 320 g ( = 11.29 oz / 0.71 pounds)
Price
2799 Euro

 

Pricecompare

Average Score: 89.22% - very good
Average of 9 scores (from 18 reviews)
price: 80%, performance: 84%, features: 83%, display: 95% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 96%, ergonomy: 96%, emissions: 90%

Reviews for the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05

85% Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 (Mid 2015) Review | Notebookcheck
Expensive pleasure. More performance, a new Force Touch TrackPad as well as longer battery runtimes are supposed to make the reworked MacBook Pro 15 even more appealing – and therefore justify a retail price far in excess of the 2000 Euros (~$2252) mark. Is this enough to compete with the improved rivals?
80% Review: Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch Adds Customizable Touch Bar
Source: Best Products English
Just like its predecessor, the latest 15-inch MacBook Pro is far from affordable. Its pricing kicks off at $2,399 for a model with Intel Core i7 and 256GB SSD, and goes past the $4,000 mark for a fully loaded variant.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/15/2016
Rating: Total score: 80%
MacBook Pro Touch Bar Review: Everything You Need To Know About Apple´s Most Controversial Feature
Source: iTech Post English
Although the MacBook Pro Touch Bar is an incredible innovation that could definitely increase a laptop quality to a whole new level, there are still many details that needed to be fixed in order to make this happen and start another tech revolution. For now, Apple just needs a decent response from customers so it could have time to solve every single flaw, because unless you are a video or audio editor, this feature might be just a futuristic luxury instead of a groundbreaking invention.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 12/15/2016
Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Touch Bar review: Only if you've deep pockets
Source: Hardware Zone English
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is clearly more powerful than the 13-inch MacBook Pro. If you are a creative professional that relies heavily on apps that can take advantage of GPU acceleration or the processing power of a quad-core processor, then the 15-inch MacBook Pro makes perfect sense. For everyone else, the 13-inch MacBook Pro offers plenty of grunt, and there’s little point in splashing the cash.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 12/12/2016
100% MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display
Source: Digital Versus English
The new 15" MacBook Pro is exceptional. It has enough processing power to stay well ahead of the competition, and it boasts first-class manufacturing, picture quality and battery life. It's a good machine for anyone with tall expectations—and a tall budget.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/03/2015
Rating: Total score: 100% performance: 70% display: 100% mobility: 100%
83% Apple MacBook Pro
Source: CNet English
The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a powerful, but still portable, laptop that feels more at home on a desk (perhaps tethered to external hard drives and docking stations) than in your travel bag. But it's also slim and light enough to make an occasional trip without being a burden, which is why Apple feels free to charge such a premium for it above both other high-end 15-inch laptops and the rest of the MacBook line.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/10/2015
Rating: Total score: 83% performance: 90% mobility: 90%
100% MacBook Pro
Source: Laptop Mag English
The 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999 starting, $2,499 as reviewed) maintains the gorgeous screen and slim design of its predecessors, while gaining some handy new upgrades. The notebook's optional new AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU and improved flash storage offer fantastic performance, and its added Force Touch trackpad allows for a host of useful new click functions.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/08/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
90% Review: Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina (mid-2015)
Source: Gadgetguy English
It’s hard to go past the excellence on offer from the MacBook Pro, and just like we’ve seen from previous metal-bodied masterpieces, this is Apple building a machine to its utmost perfection. Really, that’s what is being provided here: pint-sized computer perfection, with a perfect metal body, a perfect balance of hardware, a perfect keyboard and mouse, and a perfect and brilliant screen.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 90% price: 80% performance: 90% features: 100% workmanship: 100%
Force Touch tweak: Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display
Source: Reg Hardware English
With so little changing in this year’s model, the 15-inch MacBook Pro With Retina Display is starting to look a little dated and overpriced. That might be partly due to Intel’s tardy delivery of next-gen Broadwell chips, but last year’s MacBook Pro updates managed to provide a small speedbump along with a £100 price cut to sweeten the pill.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/02/2015
80% Apple 15-inch 2.2GHz MacBook Pro with Retina review: better than the £1,999 MacBook
Source: Macworld.co.uk English
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 now, and while processor benchmark tests favoured the faster clocked model, the differences are only a few percent in point scores. A welcome surprise is just how good the Iris Pro graphics chipset can prove to be when playing action games, with this integrated version even playing slightly faster in some titles.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/29/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%

Foreign Reviews

Apple MacBook Pro 15,4" Retina Display Core i7 2,2 GHz 256 GB SSD (2015)
Source: c't - Heft 14/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2015
Apple MacBook Pro 15,4" Retina Display Core i7 2,5 GHz 512 GB SSD Radeon R9 M370X (2015)
Source: c't - Heft 14/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 07/01/2015
Macbook Pro 15 Zoll
Source: Mac Welt German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/02/2015
15" Apple MacBook Pro mit AMD Radeon R9 M370X
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/29/2015
95% Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/27/2015
Rating: Total score: 95% performance: 90% display: 95% mobility: 90% ergonomy: 100% emissions: 90%
90% Apple MacBook Pro 15 pouces Retina (2015)
Source: CNet France French FR→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
Обзор Apple MacBook Pro with Retina 15" Mid 2015: что-то новое, что-то старое
Source: 3DNews.ru RU→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/18/2015
Новый MacBook Pro 15": для любителей больших форм
Source: Zoom RU→EN
Positive: High performance; good mobility; high-resolution screen.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 07/10/2015
Ноутбук из будущего, к которому не готово настоящее. Обзор Apple MacBook 2015
Source: Ferra.ru RU→EN
Positive: Beautiful, thin and light; perfect keyboard. Negative: Modest performance.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/25/2015

Comment

Model: The Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 is a new model of the MacBook Pro series with current hardware specification and a splash of innovation. Design is kept fairly similar to most current generation laptops from Apple, which have one thing in common: build quality and elegance. Beautifully crafted with clean lines and a solid chassis from metal, the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 is certainly durable. There is a tile-styled black backlit keyboard and the new Force Touch trackpad for enhanced user interactions.

Hardware on the device consists of an Intel Core i7 quad-core clocked at 2.5 GHz, 16 GB 1600MHz DDR3L RAM, an Intel Iris Pro Graphics and AMD Radeon R9 M370X with 2GB GDDR5 combination. Storage capacity on the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 comes in the form of a 512 GB PCIe-based Flash Storage. Users can definitely expect top of the line performance from the laptop. Topping of the already impressive technical specifications is the gorgeous 15.4 inch 16:10 Retina display that produces accurate colors and fine details. Audio quality is good with the in-built stereo speakers and the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 inch 2015-05 comes with up to 10 hours of battery life.

Series:

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.

AMD Radeon R9 M370X: Mid-range mobile graphics card that features 640 shader cores (10 compute cores) and a 128 Bit GDDR 5 memory controller (2 GB GDDR5 in the Apple MacBook Pro 15). 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.  
4870HQ: Haswell-based quad-core processor clocked at 2.5 GHz with Turbo Boost support up to 3.7 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.
15.4":

15-16 inch is a standard display size for laptops and offers the biggest variety of products.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
2.04 kg:

Usually subnotebooks, ultrabooks and quite lightweight laptops with 12-16 inch display-diagonal weigh as much.


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. Apple has at least sporadically been considered the most valuable company in the world since 2011 and has consistently ranked among the Top 10 companies in the world.

In the laptop sector, Apple's market share was 9.3% in 2014 and 10.3% in 2016. The latter corresponds to the 5th place. In the smartphone segment, Apple achieved 15.3% in the first quarter of 2016, which means a market share loss when compared to the 18.3% in same quarter of the previous year.
Nevertheless, Apple ranked second place behind Samsung in both years.

There are tons of reviews on Apple laptops, smartphones and tablets. The ratings are significantly above-average (as of 2016).


89.22%: There do not exist many models, which are rated better. The most ratings get ratings, which are a bit worse.
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Stefan Hinum, 2015-06- 2 (Update: 2015-06- 2)