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Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display (Intel Quad Core i7 2.3GHz, 8GB RAM, 256GB Flash Memory, HD Graphics 4000, 1GB GeForce GT 650M, OS X Lion)

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  • A Retina display with 5.1 million pixels.
  • An all-flash architecture. Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors.
  • In a design that’s just 1.8cm thin and 2.02kg.

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Technical Details
Item Weight2 Kg
Product Dimensions35.9 x 1 x 1.8 cm
Item model numberMC975B/A
Series15" Retina
Form FactorClamshell
Screen Size15.4 inches
Screen Resolution2880 x 1800 pixels
Processor BrandIntel
Processor TypeCore i7
Processor Speed2.3 GHz
Processor SocketSocket G2
Processor Count4
RAM Size8 GB
Memory TechnologyDDR3-SDRAM
Computer Memory TypeDDR3 SDRAM
Maximum Memory Supported16 GB
Hard Drive Size256 GB
Hard Drive InterfaceSolid State
Audio Details1
Graphics Chipset BrandIntel
Graphics Card DescriptionIntel HD Graphics 4000, NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M with 1GB of GDDR5 memory
Graphics Card Ram Size1000 MB
Connectivity TypeYes
Wireless Type802.11A, 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11n
Number of HDMI Ports1
Optical Drive TypeNo
Hardware PlatformLaptop
Operating SystemMac OS X
Battery TypeLithium Polymer (LiPo)
Average Battery Life (in hours)7 hours
Lithium Battery Weight455 Grams
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank 56,953 in Computers (See top 100)
Shipping Weight3.1 Kg
Date First Available11 Jun. 2012

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MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina quad-core i7 2.3GHz/8GB/256GB flash/HD Graphics 4000/GeForce GT 650M 1GB

Box Contains

MacBook Pro with retina display
85W MagSafe 2 Power adapter
AC wall plug and power lead

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Prior to this purchase I had a 13'' macbook (white) Core2Duo with 8GB RAM which lasted me well for 4 years and prior to that a 15'' Dell Inspiron also lasting 4 years, both of which were high spec'ed with maximum RAM, graphics and processors costing around the £1000-1200 at the time of purchase. I thought that investing in the laptop would work out cost-effective in the long run and I feel so far for me this has been true. I use graphic and process intensive programmes, mainly CAD and Adobe Creative Suite applications as well as music production and DJ software. Whilst I'm sure Dell laptops have a come a long way since my first purchase, the process of using Mac OS and being able to trust it to perform when I needed it to has been worth every penny. People who support apple products often come across as biassed, but if you've been let down so many times before, and faced crash after crash, clogged up systems, updating and virus' you would do anything to make it stop, and for me my support of Apple is in the joy/relief of it actually working! I know some people have experienced problems but, touch-wood, all my products, from iPod nano's to iPhone 4's and 4S's have been solid.
I had been happy with my macbook (and still am, it's still working fine) but decided to invest in the new Macbook (2.3GHz with 16GB RAM) whilst I undertook my post-graduate degree. I was not expecting such an improvement in every aspect of performance. The speed of processing multiple tasks, boot-up time is instant like the MBA. The sound is loud, crisp and clear. As my first aluminium laptop, the chassis is elegant, no-frills and super robust. I wear things hard and after 6 months intensive use not so much as a scratch.
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The Macbook Pro with Retina Display is the latest in the MacBook pro range, and is without doubt the best looking and performing laptops on the market today. Regarding the tech itself, the Intel Quad Core i7 is the latest offering by Intel and the range of Sandy Bridge processors have been replaced by the new Ivy Bridge chips and this version ships with 8GB of RAM. The flash memory hard drive is only 256GB on this model and this seems like a bit of a drop compared to the size of traditional hard drives which can easily manage up 500GB-1TB in laptops these days. However, Apple have made speed and power a hallmark of this upgrade, and what you lose in hard drive space you do make up for in performance. If you need extra hard drive space, you can upgrade to over 700GB of flash storage (but this has to be done at the time of purchase and through Apple directly). Alternatively, the non-retina MacBook Pros have large storage space at a less costly price.

Of course the talking point has to be regarding the display itself. It has 5.1 million pixels, which is about 3 million more than an HDTV. To say that the screen is stunning is an understatement. It really has to be seen to be believed. To date, the Apple apps that ship with the laptop are all rendered perfectly for the resolution, but at the time of writing, the majority of third party apps are not correctly configured for the display, making them look a little fuzzy. Some of questioned this as being a clever ploy to increase the number of users of Safari, Apple's internet browser (which makes web pages look stunning). Google Chrome and Firefox both look slightly more fuzzy, although I doubt it will take long for them to update their browsers. Until then, Safari is the best bet for browsing the web.
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I ordered this Macbook and received the item the very next day which was fulfilled by Amazon which was great.
When arrived and opened the box, the keyboard was different, not greatly different but it was not a UK model. It does not state anywhere that it is a international or us keyboard. Secondly, this computer is not even american after checking the serial number which is MC975ZP/A. It is a Con to let these companies trade on the UK Amazon site and trick customers into thinking it is a UK model by not stating clearly that it is a international model.

I have used it now and it is not hard to adjust as i have used Arabic and US keyboards in the past but for anybody not used to the change it would be an issue. Causes a little confusion when i switch from iMAC UK model to this now.

Just a note to everyone that take it into account before purchasing.
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Nice display, good build quality as usual (I still have a 5 year old MacBook that I use, but since I spend most of my time on the road its nice to have something with a bit more processing power). Retina screen looks great, at full res can be a little hard on the eyes as the text can get pretty small. Had no real problems after a month of use.

My only gripe is the lack of external connections. Two USBs is pretty limited, particularly because it has no built in DVD and it is likely if you use any kind of CD or DVD you'll end up with one of these, and with the limited internal memory you're going to use an external drive. I also have a USB external wireless broadband dongle so already I'm having to pack a USB hub! You have two Thunderbolt connections which sounds fabulous, but realistically what is available is overpriced, cheapest external disc you can get is nearly £200 with cable for 500GB and you'll get the same speed as USB3.0 out of that as you're limited by the speed of the HDD - you'll pay less than £50 for a similar USB so why bother!?! Nice of Apple to make it future proof but it seems Thunderbolt has been around a year and no real reduction in cost in Thunderbolt hardware...

Still I'm pretty happy with it. I did also buy an AppleCare package with it, there is nothing user serviceable and everything is sealed and soldered onto the main board, if this fails it is going to be very expensive to fix so definitely worth thinking about!
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