The 2015 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display ($1,999 starting, $2,499) retains the amazing screen and slim design of its predecessors, while gaining some really cool new upgrades. So go ahead, sell your old Macbook, get some money together, and get yourself into one of the awesome machines.
The MacBook Pro continues to dominate the industry in fashion and seamless looking notebooks in its category. The latest 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display is identical to last year’s model. It still sports the exact same slim aluminum chassis and black-bordered display that have defined Apple’s highest-end notebook for years. It’s still equipped with the Core i7 processor and the new innovative Force Touch trackpad, which performs a series of pressure-sensitive commands. It also has an optional AMD Radeon R9 M370X GPU which delivers some massive graphic performances.
While keeping the slim and classy looking notebook style of the past, it also remained consistent with the locations of the two stereo speakers flanking the laptop’s signature black chiclet keyboard. On the bottom side of the machine there are a set of hardly noticeable vents on both sides, and as par for the course the Apple logo keeps the glow going strong on the top of the lid. Measuring just 14.13 x 9.73 x 0.71-inches and weighs a mere 4.49 pounds the portability of this computer is still very convenient.
Buying the new MacBook Pro with Retina Display lives up to all of its claims with its 15.4-inch, 2880 x 1800 impressive display. The minute you open it up the colors blast out and the app icons and images are clear and vibrant as ever. The text is so astonishing that you’ll find yourself second-guessing what you’re seeing. The Retina Display registered a satisfying 202 nits on the brightness test, outshining every comparable notebook of its class; the only two that tested better were the XPS 15 and ZBook 15u at 320 and 307 respectively. The new MacBook Pro provides a very strong color accuracy, with a Delta E score of 2.11 (0 is the best). The accuracy of the MacBook eclipses the MSI at 11.6, and the XPS 15 at 7.2 and better than the 2.84 average, only the ZBook rates better with a 1.68 rating.
The MacBook’s speakers are very accurate and provide a very crisp and clear sound loud enough to fill up a small office conference room. Every song that was played on it from Pink Floyd’s orcharested pieces to movie trailers were all stunningly accurate and resonated well. Not only were the vocals outstanding, so were the tones of the bass and mid-ranges. You won’t be in a hurry to go and buy any external speakers.
The biggest addition to the MacBook Pro 15, aside from the Retina Display, is its implementation of the Force Touch trackpad, which is also featured on both the new 12-inch MacBook and 13-inch Retina Pro. This new 4 x 3-inch trackpad doesn’t actually physically click when you depress it, but instead it uses force sensors and haptic feedback to simulate the sensation. One of the main features is the ability to perform a Force click that activates special functions by simply holding down a little bit harder on the trackpad. Example: Force clicking a link on a website allows you to have a sneak preview of that page in a small window, and if you’re doing it on highlighted text, it will populate the dictionary definition or Wikipedia entry. The Force click also allows for pressure-sensitive commands such as fast forwarding through a iMovie or QuickTime video, and it does at different speeds depending on the force you apply to the trackpad. It also quickly zooms in and out of maps using the same technology; and it’s great once you get used to it!
The MacBook Pro with Retina Display comes with two USB 3.0 ports, and HDMI port, an SDXC card slot and two Thunderbolt 2 ports; however, it does lack the USB Type-C. With these connections you’ll be able to transfer files super-duper fast and be able to connect to high-res external displays. The MacBook kept the dependable 720p FaceTime webcam that’s always been extremely accurate in imaging and still holds true today.