MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015)by Apple

  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015)
  • MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015)
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
89%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Th 15-inch MacBook Pro is Apple's fastest, most powerful MacBook. Battery life is excellent.
  • The optional dedicated AMD graphics deliver increased performance for graphics work and video editing.
  • The Retina display is beautiful.

CONS

  • This is Apple's largest laptop and--at 4.49 pounds--its heaviest.
  • It's expensive, especially when you add the dedicated AMD graphics.
  • Apple didn't upgrade the CPU this time around. Blame it on Intel's manufacturing delays.
Apple's 15-inch MacBook Pro is the largest and most powerful MacBook available since the 17-inch model was discontinued in 2012. This laptop packs a Retina display along with an option for dedicated AMD graphics, making it the ideal mobile workstation for Mac users who need the most power in a portable form. Despite being larger and heavier than its MacBook siblings, the 15-inch model still offers strong battery life. The 15-inch model is targeted largely toward professionals who want dedicated graphics and more power, which explains why it's so much more expensive than the smaller MacBooks.
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The MacBook Pro with Retina is suitable for mainstream gaming, running World of Warcraft at 1920 x 1200 at a smooth 66 frames per second and…

The MacBook Pro with Retina is suitable for mainstream gaming, running World of Warcraft at 1920 x 1200 at a smooth 66 frames per second and a still-playable 37 fps with the graphics kicked to Ultra

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Don't act surprised—the 2015 MacBook Pro 15" has the exact same aluminum chassis as the earlier generations. Which is understandable, of cou…

Don't act surprised—the 2015 MacBook Pro 15" has the exact same aluminum chassis as the earlier generations. Which is understandable, of course, because it's neatly polished, impeccably well assembled and void of any real flaws. All the same, it would be nice to see some more risk-taking.

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80%

It's the biggest and most powerful laptop Apple makes, and unless you're moving up to a 5K iMac or the Mac Pro desktop, it's going to be on …

It's the biggest and most powerful laptop Apple makes, and unless you're moving up to a 5K iMac or the Mac Pro desktop, it's going to be on the wish lists of photographers, designers, video makers and others.

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The MacBook Pro's 15.4-inch, 2,880-by-1,800-pixel (220ppi) Retina display also remains outstandingly bright and colourful, and well suited t…

The MacBook Pro's 15.4-inch, 2,880-by-1,800-pixel (220ppi) Retina display also remains outstandingly bright and colourful, and well suited to video- or photo-editing work.

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It’s just right if you do a lot of image and video editing on the run and ultrabooks are too wimpy for your needs.

It’s just right if you do a lot of image and video editing on the run and ultrabooks are too wimpy for your needs.

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The Retina MacBook Pro is, at this stage, a true design classic. When it first debuted, it was a marvel of engineering in terms of Apple’s a…

The Retina MacBook Pro is, at this stage, a true design classic. When it first debuted, it was a marvel of engineering in terms of Apple’s ability to fit a machine with professional caliber specs into a package that is remarkably portable

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Apple released the new MacBook Pros with the exact same chips they’ve been using for almost two years now, quad-core Haswell chips with Inte…

Apple released the new MacBook Pros with the exact same chips they’ve been using for almost two years now, quad-core Haswell chips with Intel’s Iris Pro 5200 GPU.

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