Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display 2014 Review

Introduction, specifications and display

The 15 "MacBook Pro with Retina Display is Apple now no alternative: The MacBook Pro 15" with optical drive, Apple has unceremoniously removed from the program. Who needs a portable Mac with quad-core processor or a dedicated graphics card, so it is imperative for MacBook Pro 15 "grab with Retina Display. The Nvidia GT 750M is, however, the top model reserved. This comes with a total of better equipment, but also costs a whopping 600 euro premium over our test unit, which has to be content with an internal Intel graphics. Therefore, we were interested in the new 15 "MacBook Pro with Retina Display is primarily a question: How is the fastest integrated graphics solution Iris Pro Graphics 5200 proposes in practice?

Apple MacBook Pro 15 with Retina Display 2014 Review

Specifications without notice MacBook Pro 15 inch Retina display (ME293D / A)

Display: 15.4-inch (2880 x 1800 pixels), glossy Processor: Intel Core i7-4288u (2.0 to 3.2 GHz) Graphics: Intel Graphics Iris Pro 5200 RAM: 8 GB DDR3 RAM (1600 MHz) Mass Storage: 256 GB SSD Interface: 2 x USB 3.0, 2 x Thunderbolt 2, SD card reader, HDMI, Audio Connectivity: Wi-Fi (a / ac / b / g / n), Bluetooth 4.0 Dimensions / Weight: 361 x 18.5 x 249 mm / 2025 g Other features: 720p FaceTime HD camera


The display offers a 16:10 aspect ratio and 2880 x 1600 pixels on triggers. In the retina display to remain as a work area adequate 1440 x 800 pixels left: each pixel of the work surface is represented by four real pixels, making the representation is much sharper, icons, fonts and menus but still not be inoperable small. However, the retinal effect has a drawback: Example meadow see graphics on web pages that are not adapted to the retina resolution, very unsightly. Nevertheless one has ever worked with the retina resolution, no longer wants to be.

Who nevertheless waived retina and more workspace preferred, choose other resolutions at the factory to a maximum of 1920 x 1200 pixels on the MacBook Pro 15 ". The presentation is good and sharp, but "wasted" in spite of the scaling then one pixel. It remains a black mourning border left. About third-party tools can also be the native resolution of 2880 x 1600 pixels operate. However, symbols, fonts and icons for most users are displayed too small to even work properly with the device can.

At the very good image quality of the display is compared to the predecessor hardly changed: The luminance is good 245 cd / m², the contrast at high 910:1. The viewing angles are very good thanks to IPS panel, only the brightness and contrast impression taking in the horizontal plane quickly.

While the new version of the MacBook Pro 13 "with Retina display compared to its predecessor could not only score, with significant improvements, but also with a lower price, the thing is the MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display differentiated represents the price reduction of 200 euro is not really, when you look at the elimination of the dedicated graphics card. Overall, the computational power remains roughly at the level of its predecessor.

Apple MacBook Pro 15 Retina Display 2014 Review

Otherwise, the new interior impressed: The speed of the SSD is now almost on RAID level. The Intel Graphics Iris Pro 5200 is much more powerful than even the HD Graphics 4000 and is also suitable for more complex 3D games, if you reduce resolution and detail. Overall the system feels very fluid at the new graphics in everyday life. Has improved the battery life, which should be enough, at reduced brightness of the screen for an entire workday. Innovations such as the faster Thunderbolt 2 interface, improved MagSafe 2 connection and the support of high-speed wireless standards ac you take happy with.

Some toads, the customer must then but to swallow: The price tag for a notebook without a dedicated graphics card at the threshold of pain.The RAM is soldered and can not be upgraded later. It looks similar to the SSD. Here you should also grab equal to the correct size. When glued-on battery we see something less problems because it can be exchanged for 200 euros with a new battery in the case of the case at Apple. For users who want to travel with spare batteries around, the MacBook Pro 15 "with retina display but inappropriate. Bottom line, the 15 "MacBook Pro with Retina Display convince as a universal notebook that as well as a desktop replacement the move makes a good figure. For an Always-In-Apple notebook computer should not be a too big and too heavy for many users, but who makes the move work such as video editing and layout that eventually takes willing to accept.

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