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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 11030 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015). The average rating for this product is 4.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Opinions about the price and screen are on the whole positive. The portability and usability also get good feedback. Opinions are divided on the connectivity.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 337 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk. Opinions about the keyboard and portability are generally positive. The usability and price also get good reviews, but there are some mixed comments about the connectivity.

performance, price, usability, portability, keyboard

92% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MF839B/A 13-Inch with Retina Display (Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, OS X Yosemite)Apple MacBook Pro MF839B/A 13-Inch with Retina Display (Intel Core i5 2.7 GHz, 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD, OS X Yosemite)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 565 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the price and design. The portability and usability are also appreciated.

performance, usability, portability, design, price

89% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MF839LL/A MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (128 GB)Apple MF839LL/A MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (128 GB)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13-inch (Early 2015) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. People really like the portability and durability. The reliability and screen also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive opinions about the price.

performance, screen, reliability, durability, portability

price

60% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MF839LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (128 GB) NEWEST VERSIONApple MacBook Pro MF839LL/A 13.3-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (128 GB) NEWEST VERSION

Mar, 2019

Editors choice

Expert review by : Andy Vandervell (trustedreviews.com)

2015 13-inch MacBook Pro

 

Despite Apple launching its new MacBook Pro range this year, the 2015 model is still incredibly attractive thans to its lower price, great performance and fantastic screen. It makes the MacBook Air look kind of pointless and sets a very high bar for...

Nov, 2016

Recommended!

Expert review by : Ardjuna Seghers (trustedreviews.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display

 

This powerful 13-inch laptop has an amazing 2560 x 1600 display and superb build quality.

Superb high-res screen ; Excellent build quality ; Attractive design ; Powerful specs (aside from graphics)

Expensive ; No dedicated graphics ; No Touch ; Decent but not great battery life

Apple’s MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina Display is a worthy smaller sibling to the earlier 15-inch version, bringing the MacBook Pro and Air lines closer together than ever with its gorgeous, sleek chassis. It’s beautifully crafted, offers great...

Dec, 2012

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MacBook Pro 13in (2015) review

 

Apple's latest annual update to the already brilliant Pro keeps it at top of the laptop pops

Great screen ; Portable ; Versatile in power and connections ; Fancy new trackpad

Still not the first choice for gaming

If it ain’t broke… Apple hasn’t radically changed the MacBook Pro this year, but performance and trackpad changes keep it top of its class

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Stuart Miles (pocket-lint.com)

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) review: May the Force be with you

 

The 2015 update to Apple's 13-inch MacBook Pro includes the latest Force Touch trackpad, new Intel Broadwell processors, faster storage, and the promise of an even better battery life. We've been bigger fans of the MacBook Air than the MacBook Pro in...

Force Touch trackpad, improved performance and battery life, Retina display looks great

Fairly heavy (compared to the Air), no discrete graphics, no exterior design change

We've been bigger fans of the MacBook Air than the MacBook Pro in recent years, opting for lightness over the chunkier powerhouse, but that's changing with the release of the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro. The gap between the two is now more defined,...

Mar, 2015

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 13in (2013) review

 

Apple makes some teeny-weeny changes to its high-end laptop and makes it a little bit better than ever

Retina screen is still top of its class ; Well-integrated hardware improvements ; Solid battery life

Starting to look a little dated

A few tiny adjustments and tweaks here and there make one of the best laptops we’ve ever seen even better

Dec, 2013

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Apple MacBook Pro 13in Retina Display review

 

Has the eye-watering price put you off the 15in Retina Display MacBook Pro? Well, the new 13in model is cheaper – and just as impressive

Crystal clear, accurate display ; Even more handsome

No ethernet connection ; No optical drive

What could be the best laptop ever just became truly portable. Expect hi-res-tops galore in 2013.

Nov, 2012

Techradar Recommended 2016

Expert review by : Gary Marshall (techradar.com)

MacBook Pro 13-inch with Retina display (early 2015) review

 

The fastest small MacBook Pro yet is a force of nature

Retina Display ; Faster processor ; Superb battery life

Force Touch underdeveloped ; Unchanged design ; Base storage feels small

The 2014 13-inch MacBook Pro was arguably Apple's best laptop, and the 2015 model is better still. If your next MacBook needs to be reliable, powerful and practical, the newest MacBook Pro is the only way to go.

Sep, 2016

Expert review by : Michael Passingham (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple 13-inch MacBook Pro review

 

Performance-boosting upgrades and an overhauled touchpad keep the 13-inch MacBook Pro well ahead of the competition

The 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display isn't a major leap forward in technology, but it didn't need to be. A better processor, battery life, faster storage and a Force Touch touchpad make it a worthwhile upgrade for those using almost any...

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.co.uk)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2015) review

 

Over the past couple of generations, we've noted that Apple's MacBook Pro line has received only minor spec updates, while keeping the same basic aluminum unibody chassis. Other premium laptops have shaved ounces and millimeters from their bodies, and...

Apple adds new Intel CPUs, faster memory, longer battery life and its new Force Touch trackpad to the standard 13-inch MacBook Pro, which keeps its generous selection of ports.

The 2015 updates make only a minor difference to the hands-on experience, while similar high-end 13-inch laptops continue to get thinner and lighter.

While the upcoming 12-inch MacBook has all the buzz, this 13-inch system gets a handful of updates to remain a top choice for combining power and portability.

Mar, 2015

ExpertReviews Award

Expert review by : Katharine Byrne (expertreviews.co.uk)

Apple 13in Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013) review

 

With its beautiful Retina display, powerful Haswell processor and excellent integrated graphics, the 13-inch MacBook Pro is simply awesome

The new 13in MacBook Pro is still very expensive, but when this year’s best model costs just £50 more than last year’s, you’re getting much more for your money. With a beautiful Retina display, a large SSD, powerful hardware and improved graphics...

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications

Audio

Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
Number of microphones:2 / 3

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):49.2 / 54.5 / 74.9
Battery life (max):10 / 12
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Standby time:30

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Front camera signal format:720p
Swivel webcam:N

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

Colour of product:Grey / Silver
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Silver
Product Type:Notebook

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:1.60:1 / 16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):900:1
Display brightness:300 / 500
Display diagonal:33.8
Display Resolution:2560 x 1600
Display Surface:Gloss
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:227
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter model:N / No / Not available
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:1.7 / 16
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2160
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):2 / 3
On-board graphics adapter:Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:300
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12 / 11.3
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1050 / 1100
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0x162B / 0x1927
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Graphics 540 / Intel Iris Graphics 550 / Intel Iris Graphics 6100
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3 / 4.4

Keyboard

Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Czech / English / Finnish / French / Hungarian / Russian / Spanish / Swedish / Swiss / UK English / US English
Keyboard layout:QWERTY
Keyboard number of keys:64 / 65 / 78 / 79
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad
Touch Bar:Y / Yes

Memory

Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16 / 8
Memory clock speed:1866 / 2133
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):1 x 8 / 2 x 8
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0 / 4.2
Ethernet LAN:N / No
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 4500
Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-25 - 45

Optical Drive

LightScribe:N / No
Optical Drive Type:N / No

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC / USB Type-C
Manual:Y
Power cord included:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC / USB Type-C
Manual:Y / Yes
Power cord included:Y / Yes
Warranty card:Y / Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y
GPS (satellite):N
TV tuner integrated:N

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:N / No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
Thunderbolt 3 ports quantity:2 / 4
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC adapter power:60 / 61

Processor

Bus type:DMI2 / OPI
Configurable TDP-down frequency:600
Conflict Free processor:Y / Yes
ECC supported by processor:N
FSB Parity:N
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:12
PCI Express configurations:1x2+2x1,1x4,2x2,4x1 / 4x1, 2x4 / 4x1,2x4
PCI Express slots version:2.0 / 3.0
Processor boost frequency:3.1 / 3.3 / 3.30 / 3.4 / 3.5
Processor cache:3 / 4
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Broadwell / Skylake
Processor Cores:2
Processor family:5th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i5 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5-5xxx / Intel Core i5-6xxx / Intel Core i5-xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2 / 2.4 / 2.7 / 2.9 / 2.90 / 3.1
Processor lithography:14
Processor Model:I5-5257U / I5-5287U / i5-6267U / I7-5557U
Processor operating modes:32-bit, 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i5-5200 Mobile series / Intel Core i5-6200 series / Intel Core i7-5500 Mobile series / Intel® Core™ i5-5200 Mobile Series
Processor Socket:BGA 1168 / BGA 1356 / BGA1168
Processor threads:4
Stepping:F0 / K1
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):28
Tjunction:100 / 105

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Graphics & IMC lithography:14
Idle States:Y
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Demand Based Switching:N
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:Y / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) version:1.00
Intel Smart Response Technology version:1.00
Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX):Y
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP):N / No
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) version:0.00
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:N / No
Intel TSX-NI:N / No / Y
Intel TSX-NI version:0.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):N
Intel® Built-in Visuals Technology:Y
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):Y / Yes
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:Y
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / Y
Intel® OS Guard:Y / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:N / No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:84985 / 84988 / 84993 / 91166
Processor code:SR26E / SR26H / SR26K / SR2JK
Processor package size:40 / 42
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0, SSE4.1, SSE4.2 / AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:Y / Yes

Security

Cable lock slot:N
Fingerprint Reader:N / Y / Yes
Password protection:Y / Yes

Software

Bundled software:- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- Game Center / 510 x 570 x 900 / Headset. Notebook/PC converter cable. User’s guide. / iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center / iMovie\nGarageBand\nSafari\nFaceTime\nApp Store\niTunes\niBooks / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Drivers included:Y / Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite / Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan / Mac OS X 10.12 Sierra / macOS Sierra / macOS Sierra 10.12

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512
Solid-state drive capacity:256 / 512
Solid-state drive interface:PCI Express
Storage Media:Flash
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 128 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:21.9 / 212.4 / 219
Height :1.8 / 14.9 / 18
Weight:1.37 / 1.58
Width:304.1 / 31.4 / 314