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Best Laptop 2013 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Review

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Best Laptop 2013 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Review

Best Laptop 2013 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Review - With its crazy-sharp 2880 x 1800-pixel resolution, the 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display set a new standard for laptop screens when it debuted last year. Since then, Windows notebook makers have rolled out Retina-like competitors, but now Apple is out to leapfrog the field again. 
the new 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro adds Intel's fourth-generation Core processor for better performance and battery life along with much faster flash memory. Our config came fully loaded with 16GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and Nvidia GT 750M graphics. Plus, Apple now includes its new iWork and iLife suites for free. The result is a 4.5-pound dream machine for power users

2013 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina Price Starting at a lower $1,999 ($2,599 as configured)

Design Laptop 2013 Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina

Apple didn't change anything about the 15-inch MacBook Pro's design, but we're not complaining. The silver aluminum chassis has the same solid and premium look and feel as before, with a black bezel around the display providing a pop of contrast. On the lid you'll find Apple's trademark backlit logo, and the deck houses a backlit keyboard flanked by two speakers.

Weighing 4.5 pounds and measuring 14.1 x 9.7 x 0.71 inches, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is small enough to fit on airline tray (we tried it), but it won't leave room for much else. This machine isn't ideal for frequent travelers (it's about a pound heavier than the new 13-inch Pro) but if you really need a lot of horsepower on the road you'll probably be fine with the larger footprint.

Performance Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina


We reviewed the high-end configuration of the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which was built to delight multitaskers. Our model features a fourth-generation 2.3-GHz Intel Core i7 quad-core processor, a whopping 16GB of RAM, and 256GB of PCIe flash memory. There's also Nvidia GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics on board with 2GB of video memory.
Whether you're processing RAW images or transcoding video, you'll have a hard time getting this system to flinch under a heavy load. Plus, the Pro flew through various benchmarks.
The 15-inch MacBook Pro started off strong with a 14-second boot time, which is a second faster than the last-gen model and more than twice as fast as the average Windows notebook. However, the ASUS Zenbook UX51vz booted Windows 8 in just 9 seconds.

On Geekbench 3, which measures overall performance, the latest Pro notched 13,652. That beats the older model's already impressive 11,928 score by 14 percent, which sported a 2.3-GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of flash storage and Nvidia GeForce GT 650M graphics with 1GB of video memory. The new MacBook also nearly doubles the category average (6,971).
To put this number in perspective, the MacBook Pro runs circles around the MSI GS70 gaming notebook with a 2.4-GHz Intel Core i7-4700HQ CPU with 16GB of RAM, dual 128GB SSDs and Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU with 2GB of video memory. That rig scored 9,717 on the same test. The Asus ZenBook UX51Vz (2.2-GHz Intel Core i7-3632QM, 8GB of memory, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GT 650M graphics) registered only 8,672, but it used an older third-gen Intel chip.

Next, we fired up Cinebench R15, which measures CPU and graphics performance (more on the latter below). On the processing portion of this test the 15-inch MacBook Pro scored 598, compared to 552 for the older model.
The PCIe SSD inside the new MacBook Pro absolutely screams. The flash storage duplicated 4.97 GB of files in just 16.5 seconds, good for a transfer rate of 309 MBps. That's much higher than the last MacBook Pro's 196 MBps and nearly seven times the category average. The ASUS Zenbook UX51V was slightly faster at 318 MBps, but the MSI GS70 was about half as fast at 154 MBps. The latest Alienware 17 reached 182 MBps.

To further test the 15-inch MacBook Pro, we ran our OpenOffice Test, which matches 20,000 names and addresses using a Macro. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro finished in 4 minutes and 14 seconds, more than a minute faster than the 5:35 category average. The ASUS UX51V finished in a slightly slower 4:33 but the MSI GS70 (4:08) and Alienware 17 (3:42 were faster).

Lastly, we transcoded a 720p video trailer on both the new and older 15-inch MacBook Pro in iMovie after applying the Dream effect and using the Enhance tool. The latest model took 1 minute and 6 seconds to finish our task, versus 1:20 seconds for the earlier MacBook. Apply that speed advantage across a bigger project and this system could save you some serious time.

Graphics Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina

Our configuration of the MacBook Pro is a graphics powerhouse, as it features both Intel Iris Pro graphics and a discrete GeForce GT 750M card with automatic graphics switching. Even if you don't opt for the discrete GPU, Apple says the new Pro supports dual display output at up to 2560 x 1600 pixels, a boon for creative pros.

The 15-inch Pro proved its mettle in the OpenGL portion of Cinebench, scoring 54.08 fps. The previous model yielded 46 fps. On the separate and older Cinebench 11.5, which we've run on several Windows laptops, the 15-inch Pro notched 45.1 fps, compared with a higher 60 fps for the MSI GS70 and 64 fps for the Alienware 17. However, the older Pro only mustered 33 fps.

What about gaming? You can actually play certain titles at a smooth frame rate, even at the MacBook Pro's native resolution. On "World of Warcraft," the system delivered 49 fps on Good and 2800 x 1800 pixels (with an incredible level of detail) but that dropped to an unplayable 24.7 fps on Ultra. When we dipped the resolution down to 1920 x 1200 pixels and left the settings on Good, the MacBook Pro's frame rate jumped to 80.7 fps.

The similarly priced ASUS UX51Vz with Nvidia GT650M graphics offered comparable performance on the same tests. At its native 2880 x 1620 resolution, the ASUS registered 47 fps on Good and 26 fps on Ultra.Nevertheless, the 15-inch MacBook Pro is no match for dedicated gaming rigs -- even cheaper models. On the same game the MSI GS70 (Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M GPU with 2GB) reached 73 fps on max settings and 1920 x 1080 pixels. Although that resolution option wasn't available on the MacBook, it posted a much lower 39 fps on Ultra and 1920 x 1200 pixels. If you're willing to dial the setting back at this resolution, the Apple laptop can achieve 81 fps. The Alienware 17 cracked 103 fps on Ultra and 1080p.

Battery Life Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch Retina

Apple promised an extra hour of battery life, and it delivered. Thanks to a combination of Intel's Haswell architecture and some efficiencies gained in OS X Mavericks, the 15-inch MacBook Pro lasted 8 hours and 57 minutes in the LAPTOP Battery Test. This test continuously surfs the Web at 40 percent brightness. The previous MacBook Pro lasted 8:02. The 15-inch Asus Zenbook UX51Vz with Haswell lasted only about half as long at 4:38.
source: topmag
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