Apple Macbook Pro Retina Display review – For the creative types

Apple Macbook Pro Retina Display review

Product Summary

Apple Macbook Pro Retina Display reviewDetails

  • Screen:  15.4 inch 2880 x 1800
  • RAM: 16GB
  • CPU:  2.0GHz quad-core ‘Haswell’ Intel Core i7 processor
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Weight: 2.02kg
  • Dimensions:


  1. Outstanding design
  2. Crystal clear screen quality
  3. Great Battery life


  1. Expensive
  2. No matt screen


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Apple Macbook Pro Retina Display review with 15 inch screen This Macbook Pro first came out in 2013 and since then has seen an upgrade taking it to another level making it 25% thinner and 20% lighter than it was in the previous model. This review is about the 15.4 inch which is the latest version out there.

This is an incredibly powerful machine with a top of the range processor making work lightning quick and top of the range storage functions. This really is top end of the market as you can see this from the price tag, so lets see if its worth it.

Firstly, it’s super sleek, and so professional. Mabooks were the pioneers of the slimline laptop and as such this one is still one of the best in class for design and slimness. At 2kg and 18cm thick its incredible work to have squeezed all this power into such a lightweight machine.

You have 2 USB ports, and one XDMI, plus a SDCX memory card slot. In addition two thunderbolt ports which serve as outputs for display, so that you use multiple screens for a broader workspace. This is really useful if you have several bits of work going on at the same time and one screen isn’t enough.

Have a look at the video for more a of visual review. This is a much watch as it really gives you idea of the beauty this laptop.



This is the main selling point of this laptop. The retina display is a name that is used to describe the clarity of the screen. There is no clever trick involving retina recognition or anything like that! But still it needs to be seen to be believed. We are not talking about a normal computer screen here, it look as clear as an art print.

Colours are bright and strong and incredibly accurate to true colour (which difficult to achieve) and text is razor sharp. Mac still use a non matt screen so there is some reflection there which is a shame but nonetheless this is kept to a minimum



macbook pro 15 inch with retina display closedWith the 2Ghz Intel Core i7 processor, the speed and ability of the 15 inch Macbook Pro to deliver fast results is outstanding. This laptop is designed for work using large programs such as video editing and photography where you need to store and work on very large files. So if this is part of your everyday, this could be the one for you. It works by slowing the process in the programs you are not working on and turbo boosting the programs you are using in the forefront.

If you are creating word documents and excel spreadsheets, you really don’t need to spend this level of cash on a laptop. You might be better suited to the Dell XPS 13 or for more value, the Acer Aspire E5 573G

But with the Macbook Pro you get what you pay for, and the 15 inch Macbook pro delivers in noise and heat. It’s so quiet sometimes you can barely hear it running! And remember the heat that a laptop gives off, this is barely noticeable on this laptop.


macbook pro 15 inch with retina displayKeyboard and Trackpad

The keyboard and trackpad are pretty faultless. The keyboard has quiet soft keys which are a feature of many Macbooks, and really add to the premium feel.

The trackpad includes many finger gestures and is really smooth and responsive to use with what is known as a glass finish. These have always being a strong point for Macs so I think enough said on this front!


My verdict

The biggest thing about the Macbook Pro is the combination of portability and power together with a long battery life of around 11 hours.

If you are say a freelance designer, video editor or photographer using heavy software and spend a lot of time going out and about to see clients, then this is a good choice for you. If you are looking for a simpler use, I would say this is overkill for the price, unless you are enticed by the look and the label of having a Macbook Pro. It certainly does say something about you and your business. It says success and style. So if this is for you, then, go for it!

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