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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 675 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013). The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. Views about the design and portability are generally positive. The screen and usability also get good opinions. Some have doubts about the keyboard, and views are divided on the price.

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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 15-inch (Late 2013) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 136 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013) from The average user rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers are impressed by the sound and usability. The durability and screen are also appreciated. Some have doubts about the size. There are some mixed views about the reliability.

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93% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple ME294B/A 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Intel Quad Core i7 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB HDD, Iris Pro Graphics, GeForce GT 750M 2GB, Mac OSApple ME294B/A 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Intel Quad Core i7 2.3GHz, 16GB RAM, 512GB HDD, Iris Pro Graphics, GeForce GT 750M 2GB, Mac OS

Mar, 2019

Consumer review ( review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013)


alaTest has collected and analyzed 159 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013) from The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Views about the performance and price are overall positive. The image quality and screen also get good feedback, but many are critical about the size and usability.

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85% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro ME294LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (NEWEST VERSION)Apple MacBook Pro ME294LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (NEWEST VERSION)

Mar, 2019

Expert review by : Thomas Tamblyn (

MacBook Pro Retina 2013 review


Is the Apple MacBook Pro with Retina display worth your cash?

Retina display ; Rational pricing ; Powerful specs

Overheating ; Battery life ; Web looks shoddy

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Katharine Byrne (

Apple 15in Macbook Pro with Retina Display (Late 2013) review


The most powerful laptop money can buy, but it's very expensive and the battery doesn't last as long as last year's model

The new 15in Macbook Pro remains one of the most powerful laptops money can buy, but the increased price of both this year’s models will put it firmly out of reach for most people. It’s possible to find a good specification if you’re willing to...

Nov, 2013

Expert review by : Hunter Skipworth (

15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (late 2013) review: Apple's best laptop yet


Apple's 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is a very desirable piece of kit. Packing an immense amount of power, yet measuring just 1.8 cm thick, it's far more portable than the beefy laptops of old.

For us, the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is the best portable that Apple makes. It has all the power that 99% of people will ever need, is extremely well put together and has one of the best operating systems out there.

Nov, 2013

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch (2016)


The top-of-the-line 15-inch MacBook Pro is now slimmer and more capable, and comes equipped with Apple's new Touch Bar. It's a laptop with the speed, storage, and size that traveling power users crave. Just get ready to buy some dongles.

Innovative Touch Bar. Slim and sturdy chassis. Four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Bright display with wide (DCI-P3) color gamut. Long battery life. Touch ID security.

Pricey. No USB 3.0 ports. Requires adapters for legacy peripherals. Shallow key travel. Competitors have 4K screens. Glossy display. Not upgradable.

It feels like we've been waiting a long time for Apple to update its high-end laptop line, and the company breaks new ground with this 15-inch MacBook Pro. It has many of the features that power users want and need, like a powerful Core i7 processor, a...

Nov, 2016

Expert review by : Cisco Cheng (

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch)


The Intel-based MacBook Pro (15-inch) is a big deal for most consumer Mac users, with improved performance and beefed-up multimedia capabilities, but professionals should hold off until essential software packages are updated to work with its Intel...

Intel components improve speed. Added FrontRow multimedia interface and remote. Integrated iSight Webcam. Excellent software bundle in the iLife '06 suite.

No improvement in battery life. Some multimedia applications that aren't universal binary will run more slowly on Intel-based Macs. System runs hot. One-button mouse. Only two USB ports. Dual-layer DVD support is gone.

my one complaint about the design is that it still has a one-button mouse. sure, you can hold down the ctrl key and the mouse button to get right-click effects, but if the usb mighty mouse has added left and right click buttons, i expect something...

Mar, 2006

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Apple MacBook Pro 17-inch (Unibody)


From the new "Unibody" design to the non-removable 95-Wh battery, the Apple MacBook 17-inch (Unibody) is a major overhaul for the better.

40 percent bigger battery. Unibody enclosure a sight to behold. Lightest in its class. Glass screen is a cinematic wonder. Antiglare option for photographers. Dual graphics chipsets. DDR3 memory. Multi-Touch touchpad. Rugged-like chassis.

Trails the competition in certain features: lacks the bigger hard drive, memory card reader, Blu-ray drive found in other systems.

My benchmark tests were performed with Apple's Boot Camp, using a separate partition made up of 32-bit Windows Vista Home Premium. Since MobileMark 2007, a Windows-based battery test, failed to run, I performed a DVD movie rundown in the Mac operating...

Expert review by : Vincent Nguyen (

MacBook Pro 15-inch with Retina Review (late 2013)


Back in June 2012 we described the original 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display as “the gold standard” for high-end notebooks; now, Apple is back with its refreshed version, swapping in Intel's latest Haswell processors and graphics, but keeping...

What you sacrifice in battery life compared to the Air, you make up for in raw processing grunt and that glorious display. The 15-inch Pro may not quite be as portable as its 13-inch brethren, but it’s still sufficiently slim and light to drop into a...

Oct, 2013

Consumer review (

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inches ME293B/A


Great product for the money. Has longevity so the investment is worth it.

Aug, 2014

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Apple MacBook Pro 15 Inches ME293B/A


Great product for the money. Has longevity so the investment is worth it

Jul, 2014

Consumer review (

Apple MacBook Pro 15 inches ME293B/A


It's a Mac, it has everything you will need from a modern mobile computer, and the battery lasts long enough for it to be used the entire working day on a single charge.

It's a Mac, costs more than a Windows laptop of similar specification. Same can be said of the extra mouse and keyboard. Want to connect via a network cable? You'll need to buy the adaptor. Want to connect an external monitor? You'll almost definatley...

Apr, 2014

Product Specifications


Audio system:HD / STEREO
Built-In Microphone:Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2


Battery capacity (Watt hours):95
Battery life (max):720 / 8
Battery recharge time:8
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)


Front Camera:No / Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720
Rear camera: No
Swivel webcam: No


Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold
RoHS compliance:No / Yes
Wi-Fi certified: Yes


Chassis Type:Desktop
Colour of product:Aluminium / Black / Silver / White
Form factor:Clamshell
Housing material:Aluminium
Product colour:Aluminium / Silver / White
Product Type:Notebook / Ultrabook


3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:10 / 16:9
Display diagonal:39.1
Display Resolution:2880 x 1800
HD type:Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Touchscreen:N / No


Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 3072
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD FirePro D500 / No / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support: Yes
Hot-swap second graphics adapter: No
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2160
Number of discrete graphics adapters:2
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
On-board graphics adapter:N / Y / Yes
On-board graphics adapter base frequency:200
On-board graphics adapter DirectX version:11.2/12
On-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max):1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xD26
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 / Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 / No
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3


Full-size keyboard:Y / Yes
Island-style keyboard:Y / Yes
Keyboard backlit:Y / Yes
Keyboard language:Dutch / English / French / German / Russian / Swedish
Keyboard layout:AZERTY / QWERTY / QWERTZ
Keyboard number of keys:78 / 79
Number of hot keys:12
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Touchpad / Trackpad


ECC: Yes
Internal Memory:16 / 8
Internal memory type:DDR3-SDRAM / DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:12 / 16 / 64 / 8
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600 / 1866
Memory form factor:On-board / SO-DIMM
Memory layout (slots x size):2 x 4 / 2 x 8 / 4 x 16
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM / 4x DIMM


3G:N / No
4G:N / No / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Cabling technology:10/100/1000Base-T(X)
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Yes
Ethernet LAN data rates:10,100,1000
Near Field Communication (NFC): No
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi data rate (max):450
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 802.11ac / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11ac,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational conditions

Non-operating altitude:0 - 10000 / 0 - 10500 / 0 - 10668 / 0 - 4500 / 0 - 4570
Operating altitude:0 - 3000 / 0 - 3048 / 0 - 3050
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):10 - 35 / 5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):0 - 90 / 5 - 95
Storage temperature (T-T):-24 - 45 / -25 - 45 / -40 - 47

Optical Drive

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

Other features

Audio system:HD / STEREO
Display Technology:IPS

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Keyboard Included:N
Mouse included:N
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Manual: Yes
Power cord included: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
User guide: Yes
Warranty card: Yes


Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
GPS (satellite): No
Product Type:Workstation
TV tuner integrated: No

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:No / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:No / Yes
DisplayPorts quantity:1
Docking connector:N / No
DVI port:N / No
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports:1 / 2
ExpressCard slot:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
HDMI Version:1.4
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Headphone outputs:1
Line-in: No
Line-out: Yes
Microphone in:N / No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port: Yes
Mini DisplayPorts quantity:1
S/PDIF out port:N / No / Yes
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2 / 6
Thunderbolt ports quantity:2
TV Out:N
TV out port: No
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity:2 / 4
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60 / 60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240 / 110 - 240
AC adapter power:85 / 95
Power auto-sensing: Yes
Power Supply:450
Power supply input frequency:50 - 60


Bus type:DMI2 / FSB
Conflict Free processor: No
CPU multiplier (bus/core ratio):8
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Number of Processing Die Transistors:151
Number of Processors Installed:1
PCI Express configurations:1x16,1x8+2x4,2x8
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processing Die size:90
Processor boost frequency:3.2 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.8 / 3.80 / 3.9
Processor cache:10 / 2 / 6
Processor cache type:L2 / L3 / Smart Cache
Processor codename:Crystal Well / Yonah
Processor Cores:2 / 4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i5 / Intel Core i7 / Intel® Core™ Duo / Intel® Xeon® E5 Family
Processor frequency:1.06 / 2 / 2.3 / 2.6 / 2.60 / 3.7
Processor front side bus:533
Processor lithography:22 / 65
Processor Model:I7-4960HQ / U2400 / Unspecified
Processor operating modes:32-bit / 64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core Duo U2000 series
Processor Socket:BGA 1364 / Socket 479
Processor threads:2 / 8
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):47 / 9

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N / Y
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:No / Y / Yes
Intel 64:No / Y
Intel Active Management Technology: No
Intel AES New Instructions: No
Intel Anti-Theft Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video HD Technology:No / Yes
Intel Clear Video Technology: No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching: No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology: No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:No / Y
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:No / Y
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel HD Audio Technology: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology:No / Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology:No / Yes
Intel Insider:No / Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology:No / Yes
Intel Matrix Storage Technology: No
Intel My WiFi Technology:No / Yes
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Yes
Intel Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Connect Technology: No
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:No / Y
Intel TSX-NI:Y
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):No / Y
Intel vPro Technology: No
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):No / Y
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology:No / Yes
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT): No
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):No / Y
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio): No
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT):No / Y / Yes
Intel® Insider™:No / Y / Yes
Intel® InTru™ 3D Technology:N / Y
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST): No
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):No / Yes
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Rapid Start Technology: No
Intel® Secure Key:Y
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / No / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology: No
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):No / Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:No / Yes
Physical Address Extension (PAE):32
Processor ARK ID:27239 / 76088
Processor code:SL8SV / SR1BS
Processor package size:35 / 37.5 x 32 x 1.65
Supported instruction sets:AVX 2.0,SSE4.1,SSE4.2
Thermal Monitoring Technologies:No / Y


Cable lock slot:N / No / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Password protection: Yes
Password protection type:BIOS


Bundled software:AirDrop, AirPlay, Gatekeeper, iCloud, Dashboard, Mission Control, Safari Power Saver, App Nap, Power Nap, iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Time Machine, Photo Booth, iTunes, Game Center, Mac App Store / AirDrop\nAirPlay\nDictation\nGatekeeper\nNotification Center\nFacebook Integration\nTwitter Integration\n\nMultiple Display Support\nFinder Tabs and Tags\niCloud\niCloud Keychain\nDashboard\nMission Control\nSpotlight Search\n\nSafari Power Saver\nApp Nap\nPower Nap\nCompressed Memory\nBuilt-in Sharing / iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, Maps, iBooks, Safari, Mail, FaceTime, Messages, Calendar, Contacts, Time Machine, Photo Booth, Mac App Store, iTunes, Game Center, Preview, Notes, Reminders / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nMaps\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nMessages\nCalendar\nContacts\nReminders\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nPreview\nNotes\nMac App Store / TV-RF In, DVI-D, D-SUB 15-Pin, AV1 (SCART 1) 21-Pin Scart (CVBS, RGB), AV2 (SCART 2) 21-Pin Scart (CVBS), Composite Video In, S-Video In, Component Video 1/2, Composite Video out
Drivers included: Yes
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X Mavericks


Card reader integrated:No / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Flash memory:1000 / 256 / 512
Hard Drive Capacity:512
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:16.7 / 24.7 / 247.1
Height :1.8 / 18 / 25.1
Weight:2.02 / 5
Width:16.7 / 35.9 / 358.9