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Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2014)

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1954 reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2014). The average rating for this product is 4.8/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the portability and design. The screen and usability also get good feedback.

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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 2014) is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2014)

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 113 user reviews of Apple MacBook Pro Retina 15-inch (Mid 2014) from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other products in the same category on Amazon.co.uk.

99% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple MacBook 15.4-inch Laptop (Intel core_i7 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X)Apple MacBook 15.4-inch Laptop (Intel core_i7 2.5GHz, 16GB RAM, Mac OS X)

Jan, 2019

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

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014) review

 

Editors' note (June 27, 2017): At this year's Worldwide Developers Conference , Apple gave its laptop line a modest makeover. The $1,299 12-inch MacBook and $999 13-inch MacBook Air have been updated with faster, more powerful Intel processors. The new...

The 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro offers excellent performance and a better-than-HD screen, plus a boost to its specs for the same price as last year's model.

There's very little new here beyond minor component upgrades, and the entry-level 15-inch Pro is the same price as before, even while several other MacBooks have seen $100 cuts. Higher-resolution screens are no longer a unique feature.

While the small updates to the 2014 model aren't enough for most existing users to upgrade, Apple's excellent 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is still our go-to laptop of choice for shoppers at the high end.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by (macworld.co.uk)

Lots of reasons to buy the 2.2GHz 15in MacBook Pro, but hang on for the new model

 

There are lots of reasons to buy the 2.2GHz 15in MacBook Pro, but hang on for the new model

Apr, 2015

Expert review by : Karen Haslam (macworld.co.uk)

Apple's 15in Retina MacBook Pro review: find out why you should be cautious about benchmark results

 

Apple has dropped prices, boosted processor speeds, and added extra RAM. We review the new range of 15-inch MacBook Pro laptops with Retina displays.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Dan Ackerman (cnet.com)

Blink and you'll miss the small tweaks to this year's MacBook Pro

 

A faster processor for some models, plus RAM boosts and price cuts for others, but no major overhaul.

The 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro offers excellent performance and a better-than-HD screen, plus a boost to its specs for the same price as last year's model.

There's very little new here beyond minor component upgrades, and the entry-level 15-inch Pro is the same price as before, even while several other MacBooks have seen $100 cuts. Higher-resolution screens are no longer a unique feature.

While the small updates to the 2014 model aren't enough for most existing users to upgrade, Apple's excellent 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is still our go-to laptop of choice for shoppers at the high end.

Jun, 2017

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Joel Santo Domingo (pcmag.com)

Apple MacBook Pro 15-Inch Retina Display (2014)

 

Apple's latest 15-inch MacBook Pro represents a slight upgrade to the best system mobile Mac power users can buy. And while the Windows competition is breathing down its figurative neck, it's still our top choice for high-end desktop-replacement laptops.

Brilliant Retina display. Higher-than-1080p HD screen. Two Thunderbolt 2 ports. HDMI. Almost nine hours of battery life. Intel Iris Pro graphics performs like a discrete GPU. 16GB of system memory is standard. Comes with iLife and iWork software suites.

Glossy screen; no matte option. Ethernet requires adapter. Older apps can look blocky.

Essentially, the new 15-inch Apple MacBook Pro is a very incremental upgrade to the model released late last year, and if you already have the 2013 model, there's no need to make the move. The Apple MacBook Pro 13-Inch, Retina Display (2014) is still...

Aug, 2014

Expert review by (cnet.com)

Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, 2014, 512GB)

 

Already this year, we've seen processor bumps and price cuts for the 11-inch and 13-inch MacBook Air , a new lower-cost entry level 21.5-inch iMac all-in-one desktop, and now similar component upgrades and price cuts to the MacBook Pro line.

The 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro offers excellent performance and a better-than-HD screen, plus a boost to its specs for the same price as last year's model.

There's very little new here beyond minor component upgrades, and the entry-level 15-inch Pro is the same price as before, even while several other MacBooks have seen $100 cuts. Higher-resolution screens are no longer a unique feature.

While the small updates to the 2014 model aren't enough for most existing users to upgrade, Apple's excellent 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is still our go-to laptop of choice for shoppers at the high end.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : Phillip Michaels (laptopmag.com)

MacBook Pro with Retina Display (15-inch, Mid-2014) Review

 

Gorgeous display; Powerful performance; Responsive and accurate touchpad; Long battery life

Integrated graphics not as robust as those of rival laptops; Some people may want to wait for 5th Generation Core upgrade

The 15-inch MacBook Pro is a great choice for those who demand outstanding performance and a display to match.

May, 2015

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

Blink and you'll miss the small tweaks to this year's MacBook Pro

 

For anyone complaining that Apple has not released any new products in the first eight months of 2014, we point you toward a series of underplayed but important updates to the Mac line of laptops and desktops.

The 2014 15-inch MacBook Pro offers excellent performance and a better-than-HD screen, plus a boost to its specs for the same price as last year's model

There's very little new here beyond minor component upgrades, and the entry-level 15-inch Pro is the same price as before, even while several other MacBooks have seen $100 cuts. Higher-resolution screens are no longer a unique feature

While the small updates to the 2014 model aren't enough for most existing users to upgrade, Apple's excellent 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro is still our go-to laptop of choice for shoppers at the high end.

Aug, 2014

Expert review by : James Galbraith (macworld.com.au)

Apple Retina MacBook Pro (mid-2014)

 

Last week, Apple updated its Retina MacBook Pro line, and while the new models are identical on the outside to their 13in and 15in predecessors, released late last year, the ‘mid-2014′ models feature processors that are just a little bit faster. As...

With beautiful high-resolution screens, fast PCIe-connected flash storage, Thunderbolt 2, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and USB 3.0, Apple’s latest MacBook Pros with Retina display are fantastic machines. And while the changes to the latest models are modest, they...

Aug, 2014

Consumer review (reevoo.com)

Apple Macbook Pro 15 MGXC2B/A

 

excellent performance

exorbitantly costly

Oct, 2015

Product Specifications

Audio

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

Battery

Battery capacity (Watt hours):95
Battery life (max):8
Battery technology:Lithium Polymer (LiPo)

Camera

Front Camera:Y / Yes
Front camera resolution:1280 x 720

Certificates

Energy Star certified:Y / Yes
EPEAT compliance:Gold

Design

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

Display

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

Graphics

Discrete graphics adapter:N / No / Y / Yes
Discrete graphics adapter memory:2
Discrete graphics adapter model:No / Not available / NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M
Discrete graphics memory type:GDDR5
Maximum on-board graphics adapter memory:2
Maximum Resolution:4096 x 2160
Number of discrete graphics adapters installed:1
Number of displays supported (on-board graphics):3
Number of displays supported by on-board graphics adapter:3
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
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
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 / German / Russian / UK English
Keyboard number of keys:79
Numeric keypad:N / No
Pointing device:Trackpad
Spill resistant keyboard: Yes
Windows keys:N

Memory

Internal Memory:16
Internal memory type:DDR3L-SDRAM
Maximum internal memory:16
Maximum internal memory (64-bit):16
Memory clock speed:1600
Memory form factor:On-board
Memory slots:2x SO-DIMM

Networking

3G:N / No
4G:N / No
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth version:4.0
Ethernet LAN:N / No / Yes
Near Field Communication (NFC):N / No
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

Other features

Audio system:STEREO

Packaging Content

AC adapter included:Y
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y

Packaging Data

AC adapter included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Power cord included:Y / Yes

Performance

Ambient light sensor: Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type:N / No
Charging port type:DC-in jack
Combo headphone/mic port: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: No
Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt combo port:Y / Yes
S/PDIF out port:N / No
SmartCard slot:N / No
Thunderbolt 2 ports quantity:2
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 output current:3.42
AC adapter power:85

Processor

Bus type:DMI2
Conflict Free processor:N / No
ECC supported by processor:N / No
FSB Parity:N / 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:3.4 / 3.7 / 4
Processor cache:6
Processor cache type:L3
Processor codename:Crystal Well
Processor Cores:4
Processor family:4th gen Intel® Core™ i7 / Intel Core i7 / Intel Core i7-4xxx / Intel Core i7-xxx
Processor frequency:2.2 / 2.5 / 2.8
Processor lithography:22
Processor Model:I7-4870HQ / I7-4980HQ
Processor operating modes:64-bit
Processor 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

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:N / No
Intel Clear Video Technology for MID: No
Intel Demand Based Switching:N / No
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology:N / No
Intel Enhanced Halt State:Y / Yes
Intel Fast Memory Access:N / No
Intel FDI Technology:Y / Yes
Intel Flex Memory Access:N / 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 My WiFi Technology: No
Intel Quick Sync Video Technology: Yes
Intel Rapid Storage Technology:N / 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:Y / 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: 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):N / No
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD):Y / Yes
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID):N / 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® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT):N / No
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Secure Key:Y / Yes
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA):N / No
Intel® Smart Cache:Y / Yes
Intel® Smart Response Technology:N / No
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology:2.0 / Y / Yes
Intel® vPro™ Technology:Y / Yes
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi):Y / Yes
InTru™ 3D Technology: Yes
Processor ARK ID:83503 / 83504
Processor code: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 / No
Fingerprint Reader:N / No
Password protection:Y

Software

Bundled software: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\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center\nMac App Store\nTime Machine / iPhoto\niMovie\nGarageBand\nPages\nNumbers\nKeynote\niBooks\nSafari\nMail\nFaceTime\nTime Machine\nPhoto Booth\niTunes\nGame Center
Operating System Architecture:64-bit
Operating system installed:Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Mac OS X Mavericks

Storage

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

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:1.8 / 24.7 / 247.1
Height :1 / 1.8 / 18
Weight:2.02 / 202
Width:35.9 / 358.9