Apple macbook pro retina 15 (mid 2015) review

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What"s Hot: Sleek & chic as ever, light và slim yet powerful. Excellent display, Force cảm ứng trackpad.

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What"s Not: Very expensive! Dedicated graphics good for pro apps và some gaming, but it"s not a gamer"s laptop.


Reviewed May 28, 2015 by Lisa Gade, Editor in Chief (twitter:


Editor"s update, Nov. 2016: read and watch our reviews of the late năm nhâm thìn 15" macbook phiên bản pro that replaces this model.

Perhaps if I win the proverbial lottery or we reach our 10 millionth YouTube subscriber, I"d be able lớn buy the 15" apple macbook pro with Retina display dressed khổng lồ the max with upgrades without sweating blood. I use a 13" Retina táo macbook pro for work, and as someone who spends a great khuyến mãi of time editing photos và video, the 15 inch model"s big screen and powerhouse quad core processor would be perfect. Priced at $1,999 with integrated graphics to our $3,200 đánh giá unit with the new AMD Radeon R9 GPU and a 1TB SSD, the big Mac isn"t for everyone. Of course, the same could be said of the Dell XPS 15 that"s the 15" Retina"s Windows counterpart & is priced similarly. Both sell pretty well despite the price, because in part you bởi vì get what you pay for: classic and chất lượng designs, excellent materials & finish, reliability và strong performance.


What"s New?

We"re not here to debate the 15" Retina Mac"s position in the world. It"s actually the same overall kiến thiết as the 2012 model, & the pricing has remained largely the same since 2013--these aren"t new issues for the Mac. & if you"re a Mac person and want a 15" display and/or a more powerful CPU in your laptop, you don"t have a choice. What "s new for the mid-2015 model? apple switched to the Force cảm ứng trackpad first introduced a few months back in the latest generation 13" Retina laptop macbook Pro. The PCIe SSD storage is up to 2x faster, and is indeed insanely fast. The CPUs & integrated graphics? They"re still at hãng intel 4th generation Haswell with Iris Pro graphics because intel still doesn"t have quad bộ vi xử lý core mobile 5th gen Broadwell chips available. In fact, we suspect that manufacturers might skip Broadwell at this point và go with 6th generation Skylake some time in 2016.

AMD Radeon R9 M370X Graphics

For those interested in the $2,500 dedicated graphics model, things have changed. Gone is the now 2 generation old NVIDIA GT 750M graphics, and it"s been replaced by AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2GB DDR5 graphics (Apple has been using AMD lately, & they tend to switch between NVIDIA và AMD every few years). We"re thrilled that hãng apple has refreshed the aging dGPU, but like many of you, I was a little disappointed that they didn"t go with NVIDIA"s new 900 series Maxwell graphics that have a very large boost in performance while reducing heat compared to lớn older NVIDIA graphics. AMD meanwhile has fallen from the limelight & gained a reputation for making hotter và slower graphics cards. That said, Apple"s done decently with AMD graphics in the 5K iMac và they"re anything but stupid--you can be sure they wouldn"t tăng cấp the GPU unless it was indeed an tăng cấp in terms of performance. We also suspect that AMD was able to deliver 5K monitor support, and that táo apple might have a 5K Thunderbolt display in the works. Apple states that the M370X 15" apple macbook phiên bản pro can handle a single 5120 x 2880 display at 60Hz, including Dell"s 2-cable 27" 5K display. The M370X can also drive single cable 4K 4096×2160 displays at 60Hz-- both the 5K and 4K 4096×2160 single cable
60Hz are firsts for an apple laptop.


We"re spending a lot of time looking at the new M370X here because it"s one of the few significant updates on the mid-2015 15" Retina laptop macbook Pro, and because it"s a GPU that"s appeared out of nowhere--no AMD announcements, no benchmarks... There"s simply no info on the M370X. So we"ve thrown a boatload of Mac OS X and Windows benchmarks at it, & it is indeed faster than the 750M while getting no hotter. Táo bị cắn dở claims it"s 80% faster (a vague claim), and we"ve yet lớn see it manage that in any benchmark. Depending on the test, it"s anywhere from 40% faster to lớn 10% faster, which is a healthy jump. The only kiểm tra where it scored the same as the outgoing 750M is Cinebench R15. When only one benchmark stands out among 10 or more, we consider that benchmark khổng lồ be the weak liên kết rather than the hardware being tested. Below in the Benchmarks section you"ll see the results from our tests with the high-end model that has a 2.8GHz rather than 2.5 GHz CPU and a larger SSD (SSD form size doesn"t affect benchmarks). In our video clip review we show you the results on-screen, & we also thử nghiệm the Mac with Tomb Raider at 1920 x 1200 resolution under Windows where it did quite well.

That said, I"ve never thought of the 15" Retina apple macbook phiên bản pro as a gaming machine. I don"t think táo bị cắn does either, và they"ve clearly avoided higher over gaming GPUs in the 15" Mac because it would push the power & heat requirements beyond the limits of the machine"s design. The 15" model is geared towards Pro apps like Final Cut, Adobe Photoshop & Premiere, with a little gaming on the side. The machine can play Tomb Raider và Battlefield 4 nicely under Windows at medium settings, but I wouldn"t want to lớn play 6 hours a day for months on the Mac under Windows where thermals aren"t as well handled as on the OS X side of the house; I have a feeling the GPU might die prematurely. The AMD Mac doesn"t get any hotter or noisier than the NVIDIA GT 750M model. You won"t hear the tín đồ often unless exporting long full HD or 4K videos or when playing games. Demanding games under Mac OS X và Windows get the fans going on high and the keyboard temperature reaches 110F as does the hottest spot on the underside.

So What vày you Get with the 15" Retina laptop apple macbook Pro?

The Mac retains the same slim & sleek 4.49 lb. Chassis that"s 0.71" thick. The rigid unibody aluminum casing feels robust and dense. There"s no flex, no unsightly seams và the lid opens và closes with just the right amount of resistance. For a 15" performance oriented laptop, it"s quite thin và light. In the world of Windows, only the Dell XPS 15 dared lớn put as much performance into such a thin và light package back in 2012. After 3 years we have a strong handful of Windows contenders, and some are gaming oriented lượt thích the MSI GS60 Ghost Pro, Razer Blade, hãng asus Zenbook Pro UX501 and the HP Omen 15. None of these competitors is cheap, but a few are considerably less expensive than the Mac.

The Mac has two Thunderbolt 2 ports that also function as mini DisplayPorts, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm bộ combo audio, HDMI và an SD card slot. It has a 720p FaceTime HD webcam và dual mics on the left side. If you wish to tinker inside, you"ll need a pentalobe screwdriver and you won"t find much that"s user upgradeable beyond the SSD drive. The Mac has very full-sounding stereo speakers that flank the keyboard, & a very good backlit keyboard. The new Force cảm biến trackpad allows for more precise clicking and provides actions when you "deep click"--do that on a links to get a website page preview, bởi vì it on a word to get a definition in some programs. It"s a lovely trackpad under Mac OS X Yosemite & all 4 corners move and click unlike traditional trackpads that are hinged at the top & only move at the bottom. When running Windows via Boot Camp on the Mac, the trackpad is more pedestrian since the drivers aren"t as good as the Mac version drivers. Speaking of Windows, battery life và heat will be less well managed because the machine will only run on the dedicated GPU (obviously this isn"t an issue if you own the $1,999 integrated graphics model).

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The Mac has Broadcom dual band WiFi 802.11ac, và it was one of the strongest performers we"ve seen to date on our AC network. Công nghệ bluetooth không dây 4.0 is standard. If you need 4G LTE, you"ll need a USB LTE stick or you can use your phone"s mobile hotspot feature.

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Retina Display

The Mac"s 15.4", 16:10 display is unchanged from previous generations. It inspired a generation of high DPI laptops in the world of Windows, và it"s still one of the better panels on the market. The 2880 x 1800 gloss IPS display has excellent factory màu sắc calibration: we couldn"t see the difference between our Spyder 4 Pro calibration và the factory calibration because it"s so close. Color gamut is excellent at 99% of sRBG and 74% of Adobe RGB và at 300 nits it"s pleasingly bright. The real star here is how well Mac OS X handles display scaling, which is a sore point for Windows 8.1 & third party Windows programs. You"ll never see fuzzy text or insanely tiny text on the Mac thanks khổng lồ the way it handles scaling universally (for both the OS & all programs). Retina optimized programs look particularly sharp & Photoshop is wonderful for viewing & editing today"s high megapixel photos.

Performance and Horsepower

We"re still looking at hãng sản xuất intel quad vi xử lý core 47 watt CPUs from the Haswell generation here. Honestly, Broadwell 5th generation CPUs were more about reducing power consumption than improving power, so you"re not losing on performance in terms of CPU prowess. Intel"s 5th generation graphics vị show a 7 to lớn 10 percent improvement, và that"s where the lack of Broadwell hurts a bit if you"re buying the base model with hãng sản xuất intel Iris Pro graphics. The 15" Retina Mac, regardless of configuration, comes with a Core-i7 quad core CPU, 16 gigs of RAM (soldered on, not upgradable) and a wildly fast PCIe SSD drive. The base mã sản phẩm has 256 gigs of storage, while the $2,500 dedicated graphics mã sản phẩm has 512 gigs. For a painful $500 you can double that khổng lồ 1TB. The base mã sản phẩm has a 2.2 GHZ CPU while the $2,500 mã sản phẩm has a 2.5 GHz CPU. For $200 you can nâng cấp from the 2.5 GHz khổng lồ a 2.8 GHz CPU with Turbo Boost khổng lồ 4.0 GHz.

This is a fast machine in terms of computational performance, and it"s as fast as any Windows workstation class máy tính xách tay since it uses the same hãng intel quad bộ vi xử lý core CPUs. If you vì serious work with your máy tính xách tay such as professional clip editing, photo editing with large RAW files and advanced filters, compile large programs, or vị scientific data analysis or math, this is your laptop.


* chạy thử configuration: vi xử lý core i7-4980HQ, 1 TB SSD, AMD R9 M370X 2GB DDR5

Mac Benchmarks:

Geekbench 3: 3953/15,143

Cinebench R15, GPU (OpenGL): 65.77, CPU: 619

Tomb Raider Mac benchmark (1440 x 900): 46.6 fps

Geeks3D GPU Test: (Tessmark 8x open GL 4.0, Windowed 1440 x 900, no AA, Mac set khổng lồ "best for Retina" mặc định resolution): 406 fps

Black Magic SSD test: 13" Mac: 1501 MBps write, 1803 MBps read

Windows 8 Benchmarks:

PCMark 8 Home: 3628

3DMark 11: P3975, X988 (last ren 15" Retina MBP with NVIDIA GT 750M scored P2690)

3DMark Ice Storm Extreme: 102,246

3DMark Fire Strike: 2208

3DMark Cloud Gate: 11,672

Tomb Raider Windows benchmark (1920 x 1200): 49 fps

Unigine Heaven
1080p (average fps) Comparison:

năm ngoái 15" macbook pro Retina
35.5 fps
Dell XPS 15 (early 2015, NVIDIA GT 750M, 4K display) 21.1 fps
2014 15" Retina macbook pro (NVIDIA GT 750M) 19.9 fps
MSI GS60 Ghost Pro (NVIDIA GTX 970M) 73.2 fps

Geekbench 3 Benchmark Comparison Table:

2015 15" macbook pro Retina 3953/15,143
Early năm ngoái 13" macbook Pro, 2.7GHz bộ vi xử lý core i5 3325/7042
13" macbook Air (2014, bộ vi xử lý core i7) 3277/6377
Dell XPS 15 (early 2015) 3262/11,836
HP Omen 15 3387/12,802
Microsoft Surface Pro 3 bộ vi xử lý core i5 2908/5695
Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro 2557/4600


Battery Life

Though táo khuyết wasn"t able to move lớn the more power-frugal Broadwell CPU line, they increased battery life estimates to 9 hours for the AMD graphics model. The integrated GPU model has a battery life estimate of 10 hours wireless web và 12 hours of iTunes movie playback, which is insanely high for a 15" quad bộ vi xử lý core with a high-resolution display. That 9 hour estimate is when mostly using integrated graphics, & even if you buy the dedicated graphics model you can mix the Mac khổng lồ use integrated graphics when battery life is more dear than a graphics boost. In our real world tests with the high kết thúc AMD model, we"ve averaged 8 hours of use when doing productivity, photo editing & streaming video clip with brightness set lớn 50%. It"s likely that one could achieve the 9 hour claimed runtime with brightness at 40% & little use of programs that use the AMD GPU.

The 85 watt charger with MagSafe 2 connector và the beefy 99.5 Whr Lithium Ion polymer battery remain unchanged. That"s a very high capacity battery, particularly for such a thin and light machine.


The 15" Retina macbook phiên bản pro isn"t for everyone given the high price tag, & it"s hard khổng lồ deny that the "Mac tax" is alive và well here, while the 13" Retina apple macbook pro actually offers good value for the money. That said, it"s one of the best put together, powerful & reliable 15" workhorses on the market. Apple"s tư vấn is top notch, Mac OS X Yosemite is a pleasant và powerful operating system & Apple"s handling of high-resolution displays (aka Retina in Apple-speak) is outstanding. If you"re a Mac person and need the larger display or the 2x speed bump vs. The 13" model, this is the Mac for you. The refresh here is minor if you"re considering the integrated graphics model for $1,999, but the graphics bump from the AMD Radeon is sufficient khổng lồ make the dedicated graphics mã sản phẩm look good. If you have a 2014 edition with the NVIDIA GT 750M, the improvements aren"t strong enough khổng lồ warrant an upgrade, but if you"re coming from a smaller or older Mac, it"s a solid choice. If you"re a Windows person thinking of switch-hitting with OS X or using Boot Camp, there are a variety of competing machines at lower prices that are also worth a look, including the just-released hãng asus Zenbook Pro UX501, HP Omen 15 và for you gamers the MSI GS60 and Razer Blade. Lastly, there"s the Dell XPS 15 that isn"t cheaper than the Mac, but it is more upgradeable and offers a 4K cảm biến screen.

Price: starting at $1,999 for integrated graphics, $2,500 for dedicated graphics

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Display: 15.4", 2880 x 1800 IPS "Retina" display. Hãng intel Iris Pro 5200 integrated graphics. AMD Radeon R9 M370X 2GB DDR5 in dedicated graphics model. HDMI and two Thunderbolt 2/mini DisplayPorts.

Battery: 99.5 Whr Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable.

Performance: hãng sản xuất intel Haswell 4th generation 47 watt quad chip core i7 CPUs available in 2.2, 2.5 và 2.8GHz speeds. 16 gigs RAM (soldered on, not upgradable) và 256 gig, 512 gig & 1 TB PCIe SSD options.

Size: 14.13 x 9.73 x .71 inches. Weight: 4.49 pounds.

Camera: 720MP FaceTime HD webcam.

Audio: Built-in stereo speakers, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo tai nghe jack.

Networking: Integrated Broadcom dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac và Bluetooth 4.0.

Software: Mac OS X Yosemite plus hãng apple apps including Garage Band, iMovie, Photos, & iWork office suite.

Expansion & Ports: 2 Thunderbolt 2/ mini DisplayPorts, 2 USB 3.0 ports, 3.5mm full bộ audio and SD thẻ slot.

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