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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 2886 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 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. Reviewers really like the portability and price. The screen and usability also get good feedback, whereas there are some less positive reviews about 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 15-inch (Mid 2015) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 85 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015) from Amazon.co.uk. 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 Amazon.co.uk. Views about the usability and portability are on the whole positive. The design and price also get good opinions, but many are critical about the keyboard and energy efficiency.

performance, price, design, portability, usability

reliability, energy, keyboard

87% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MJLQ2B/A, 15.4" Intel Core i7, 256GB Flash Storage, 16GB RAM (UK Model - UK Keyboard)Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display, MJLQ2B/A, 15.4" Intel Core i7, 256GB Flash Storage, 16GB RAM (UK Model - UK Keyboard)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 247 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015) from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the design and screen. The price and usability also get good feedback, whereas reviews are divided on the portability. Many are critical about the sound.

performance, usability, price, screen, design

sound

80% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook Pro MJLQ2LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (256 GB)Apple MacBook Pro MJLQ2LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (256 GB)

Mar, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1 user review of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2015) from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 5.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.ca. Reviewers really like the price.

price

100% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook MJLQ2LL/AApple MacBook MJLQ2LL/A

Mar, 2019

Expert review by (t3.com)

MacBook Pro 15-inch 2015 review: all the performance you could need

 

Force Touch and top-end specs in the mid-2015 update

New processors ; Good battery life ; Fast ; fast ; fast

No latest-gen Intel chips ; Heavy for a portable Mac ; Needs an update

Expert review by : Till Schönborn (notebookcheck.net)

Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15 (Mid 2015) Review

 

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)...

flawless aluminum chassis, triple-stream WLAN, 2x Thunderbolt, excellent input devices, great application performance, excellent display, silent with light workloads, long battery runtimes

only 2x USB 3.0, extremely high price, poor maintainability and upgradeability, limited Windows operation, only 12 months warranty

This time, we want to start our verdict with the negative aspects, and there are some despite the final rating of 88%. We cannot understand the decision to launch a device with Haswell processors at this time. The new quad-core CPUs from the Broadwell...

Jun, 2015

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Pro (15-inch, 2015) review: Old-school MacBook Pro is good for the dongle averse

 

This MacBook looks like last year's, but it has a new trackpad, faster flash memory and better GPU.

The 15-inch MacBook Pro has a brilliant Retina Display, powerful processor and new graphics card options, plus faster flash storage and a new Force Touch trackpad.

It offers only the most minimal upgrades over last year's version, despite a very high starting price. The new AMD graphics don't do much for gamers.

Current 15-inch MacBook Pro owners won't feel the need to upgrade, but the handful of tweaks included here keep this expensive system at the top of the list for powerful midsize laptops.

Jun, 2017

Expert review by : Matt Elliott (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook

 

Replacing the iBook, Apple's MacBook, the little sibling to the more powerful, feature-rich, and expensive MacBook Pro, features a 13.3-inch wide-screen and a new color choice. It corrects a handful of the iBook's shortcomings, hits a reasonable price...

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Michelle Thatcher (cnet.com.au)

Apple MacBook Pro review: Apple MacBook Pro

 

Beautiful, sleek design; big, bright display; dual-core CPU; robust software package, including Mac OS X Tiger; illuminated keyboard and scrollable touch pad; DVD burner; built-in Webcam; remote control; can run Windows XP using Apple's free Boot Camp...

Lacks media card reader and some other ports; only 90 days of toll-free technical support.

With a solid array of components, a terrific set of features, and the lightest weight of any laptop its size, Apple's 17-inch MacBook Pro is a power user's dream, but it doesn't come cheap.

Jun, 2006

Expert review by : Lisa Gade (mobiletechreview.com)

15" Retina MacBook Pro (2015)

 

Apple's refresh of their portable big Mac, the 15 inch MacBook Pro with Retina display was minor if you're interested in the base model with integrated Intel Iris Pro graphics. But the next step up with dedicated graphics has piqued interest because...

Sleek and chic as ever, light and slim yet powerful. Excellent display, Force Touch trackpad

Very expensive! Dedicated graphics good for pro apps and some gaming, but it's not a gamer's laptop

The 15" Retina MacBook Pro isn't for everyone given the high price tag, and it's hard to deny that the "Mac tax" is alive and well here, while the 13" Retina MacBook Pro actually offers good value for the money. That said, it's one of the best put...

May, 2015

Consumer review (very.co.uk)

Do not purchase this machine

 

This machine completely stopped working after 11 Mths - DO NOT PURCHASE unable to get an exchange or refund so now stuck with a broken laptop that is unusable!

Apr, 2018

Consumer review (very.co.uk)

Brilliant Product

 

This is my second MacBook Pro and its brilliant, my trusty old mac was getting a bit creaky so treated myself to this new one and its so much faster. I love macs and they are so easy to use. Best ever buy

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (currys.co.uk)

APPLE MacBook Pro 15" with Retina Display (2015)

 

Recommended to me by someone who already had one & is still v happy with it after a number of years. Very happy with my choice.

Bought online to pick up in my local store. All I needed was to simply collect it but the assistant proceeded to suggest I shouldn't have bought from Apple pointing to shop displays by other makers - then telling me they had it in stock and I could...

Mar, 2018

Consumer review (johnlewis.com)

Superb replacement machine

 

This version of the MacBook Pro is well thought out, very capable of handling all tasks required of it, and beautiful quality all round. I purchased this to replace an aged Sony Vaio notebook running Windows OS which gave up the ghost before Christmas....

Feb, 2018

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):76 / 83.6 / 95 / 99.5
Battery life (max):10 / 8 / 9
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo) / Polymer
Standby time:30

Camera

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

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Display

3D:N / No
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Contrast ratio (typical):900:1
Display brightness:300 / 500
Display diagonal:39.1
Display Resolution:2880 x 1800
HD type:Full HD / Wide Quad HD
LED Backlight:Y / Yes
Panel Type:IPS
Pixel density:220
Touchscreen:N / No

Graphics

CUDA:N / No
Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2 / 4
Discrete graphics adapter model:AMD Radeon Pro 450 / AMD Radeon Pro 455 / AMD Radeon Pro 460 / AMD Radeon Pro 555X / AMD Radeon R9 M370X / No / Not available
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Graphics adapter Open GL support:Y / Yes
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum Resolution:3840 x 2160 / 4096 x 2160 / 5120 x 2880
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of discrete graphics adapters supported:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
NVIDIA G-SYNC:N / No
NVIDIA GameWorks VR:N / No
On-board graphics adapter: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):1200 / 1300
On-board graphics adapter family:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel® HD Graphics / Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics / Intel® UHD Graphics
On-board graphics adapter ID:0xD26
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (DisplayPort):4096 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter maximum resolution (HDMI):3840 x 2160
On-board graphics adapter model:Intel Iris Pro Graphics / Intel Iris Pro graphics 5200 / Intel® HD Graphics 530 / Intel® Iris™ Pro Graphics 5200 / Intel® UHD Graphics 630
On-board graphics adapter OpenGL version:4.3
On-board graphics adapter outputs supported:DisplayPort, Embedded DisplayPort (eDP), HDMI, VGA (D-Sub)

Keyboard

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

Memory

Internal Memory:16
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM / DDR4-SDRAM / LPDDR3-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16 / 32
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600 / 2133 / 2400
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory layout (slots x size):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 / Y
Top Wi-Fi standard:IEEE 802.11ac
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11ac, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / 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 802.11g,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:USB / USB Type-C
Power cord included:Y
Quick start guide:Y
Warranty card:Y

Packaging Data

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

Performance

Ambient light sensor:Y

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port:N / Y / Yes
DC-in jack:Y / Yes
Docking connector:N / No / Y
DVI port:N / No
ExpressCard slot:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Headphone outputs:1
Microphone in:N / No
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: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:85 / 87

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:N / No
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity: No
Maximum internal memory supported by processor:32
Maximum number of PCI Express lanes:16
Memory bandwidth supported by processor (max):25.6
Memory channels supported by processor:Dual
Memory clock speeds supported by processor:1333,1600
Memory types supported by processor:DDR3L-SDRAM
PCI Express configurations:1x16, 2x8, 1x8+2x4 / 1x16,2x8,1x8+2x4
PCI Express slots version:3.0
Processor boost frequency:2.5 / 3.4 / 3.5 / 3.6 / 3.7 / 3.8 / 4 / 4.1
Processor cache:3 / 6 / 8 / 9
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Crystal Well
Processor Cores:4 / 6
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 5th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 6th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / 8th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core i7-5xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.5 / 2.6 / 2.7 / 2.8 / 2.9
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I7-4770HQ / I7-4870HQ / I7-4980HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor Series:Intel Core i7-4700 Mobile series / Intel Core i7-4800 Mobile series
Processor Socket:BGA 1364 / BGA1364
Processor threads:8
Stepping:C0
System bus rate:5
Thermal Design Power (TDP):47
Tjunction:100 / 100 C

Processor special features

Conflict Free processor:N
CPU configuration (max):1
Embedded options available:N / No
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology:Y / Yes
Execute Disable Bit:Y / Yes
Idle States:Y / Yes
Intel 64:Y / Yes
Intel AES New Instructions: Yes
Intel Anti-Theft Technology: No
Intel Clear Video HD Technology: 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:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access: No
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access: No
Intel Hyper-Threading Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology: Yes
Intel Identity Protection Technology version:1.00
Intel Insider: Yes
Intel InTru 3D Technology: Yes
Intel Iris Pro Graphics: Yes
Intel My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology: No
Intel Secure Key: Yes
Intel Secure Key Technology version:1.00
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA): No
Intel Smart Cache: Yes
Intel Smart Response Technology: No
Intel Trusted Execution Technology:Y / Yes
Intel TSX-NI: Yes
Intel TSX-NI version:1.00
Intel Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x):Y / Yes
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d):Y / Yes
Intel vPro Technology:No / Yes
Intel VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT):Y / Yes
Intel Wireless Display (WiDi) Technology: Yes
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI):Y / Yes
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT): No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID): No
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® Iris Pro Graphics:Y / Yes
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT): No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA): No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology: No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:No / Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology:Y / Yes
Processor ARK ID:83503 / 83504 / 83505
Processor code:SR1ZW / SR1ZX / SR1ZY
Processor package size:37.5
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:No / Y
Password protection: Yes

Software

Bundled software:- iMovie\n- GarageBand\n- iBooks\n- Safari\n- FaceTime\n- Time Machine\n- Photo Booth\n- iTunes\n- Game Center / iMovie\nGarageBand\niBooks\nSafari\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center / Pages\nNumbers\nKeynote\nFotos\niMovie\nGarageBand
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 / macOS Mojave / macOS Sierra / macOS Sierra 10.12

Storage

Card reader integrated:N / Y / Yes
Compatible memory cards:SDXC
Flash drive interface:PCI Express
Flash memory:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 512
Number of Hard Drives Installed:1
Number of SSDs installed:1
Solid-state drive capacity:1000 / 256 / 512
SSD capacity:256
Storage Media:Flash / SSD
Total Storage Capacity:1000 / 1024 / 256 / 512

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.7 / 240.7 / 247.1
Height :1.8 / 15.5 / 18
Weight:1.83 / 2.02 / 2.04
Width:349.3 / 35.9 / 358.9