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Apple MC975LL/A 2.3 GHz 15.4" MacBook Pro with Retina Display

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  • Intel Core i7 2.3 GHz
  • 8GB Memory 256GB flash storage HDD
  • NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M

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You've never seen anything like it. Because there's never been anything like it.

The all-new MacBook Pro started with a blank slate - without the constraints of legacy technology. That gave you something radical, something entirely different. A notebook so thin, so light and so powerful. A notebook designed for the future, but ready to use today.

A Retina display with 5.1 million pixels. An all-flash architecture. Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors. In a design that’s just 0.71 inch thin and 4.46 pounds. It’s not just the most advanced notebook you've ever met, it’s the most advanced Mac you’ve ever met.

  • newegg Retina Display. The world's highest-resolution notebook display. Apple wanted this MacBook Pro to have a screen as vivid as your imagination. A screen where everything you see is remarkably vibrant, detailed, and sharp. What Apple created is the world's highest-resolution notebook display-and the most jaw-dropping Retina display yet. 5 million pixels in a 15.4-inch display present a so high pixel density that your eyes can’t discern individual pixels. Images take on a new level of realism and text is pin sharp. And with a 2880-by-1800 resolution, you can see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy. The new Retina display reduces glare while maintaining incredible color and quality. In fact, it has a 29 percent higher contrast ratio than a standard MacBook Pro display. Blacks are blacker. Whites are whiter. And everything in between is rich and vibrant. IPS technology gives you a wide, 178-degree view on the screen, so you’ll see the difference at practically any angle. And you’re going to love what you see.
  • newegg All-flash storage. It makes quicker work of everything. When you build a notebook around an all-flash architecture, not only is everything more durable, reliable, and battery efficient-everything is fast. Really, really fast. You’ll notice a difference in whatever you do — starting up takes seconds, apps launch quickly, even navigating the desktop feels incredibly fluid and responsive. It’s all thanks to flash storage, which gives you up to four times the performance of a traditional hard drive. When you use apps like Final Cut Pro or Aperture, you can perform even the most demanding tasks right from your internal storage. And since the all-new MacBook Pro comes with up to 768GB of flash storage, you can keep all your important files with you, including large video and photo libraries. Flash doesn’t have any moving parts, which makes it superdurable and quiet. It also has the ability to stay in standby mode for up to a month. Whether it’s been 1 day or 30, this all-flash MacBook Pro will spring to life, right where you left off.
  • newegg Intel Core i7 and Next-generation NVIDIA graphics This notebook has the power to do amazing things. Third-generation Intel Core i7 Ivy Bridge processors with a state-of-the-art 22-nanometer single-die microarchitecture provide the fastest quad-core performance ever in a notebook. Hyper-Threading technology, speeds up to 2.7GHz, 6MB of shared L3 cache, and Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.7GHz, these processors are ready to take on whatever you can dream up. The all-new MacBook Pro has a phenomenal display — and a GPU to match. Based on a next-generation Kepler architecture with 1GB of dedicated video memory, the NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M graphics processor provides up to 60 percent faster graphics performance than any notebook Apple has ever made. And it delivers enough power to drive the amazing 5-million-pixel Retina display as well as two external displays. All while making the most graphics-intensive tasks — like rendering HD video and editing RAW photography — fast, fluid, and incredibly lifelike.
  • newegg Ports and Connections Everything about the all-new MacBook Pro is high performance — even its I/O. Thunderbolt is the fastest, most versatile I/O available, and this notebook has two Thunderbolt ports. That’s a huge advantage when you need to connect to just about anything — external displays, RAID arrays, video capture devices, even FireWire peripherals (adapter sold separately, available July) and Gigabit Ethernet networks (adapter sold separately). Combine that with two USB 3 ports, an HDMI port, and an SDXC card slot, and in a matter of minutes you can build an entire professional studio with the all-new MacBook Pro as its centerpiece. Meet the ultimate mobile creative studio. With an emphasis on mobile. Equipped with the latest three-stream 802.11n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology, you’re free to unplug and still stay connected — to your network, to your wireless peripherals, and to the world.
  • newegg Audio and Visual You haven’t heard it all until you’ve heard the speakers inside the all-new MacBook Pro. For something so thin and light, the sound is huge. And with a wide dynamic range, optimal balance, and a crisp, expressive quality, these speakers might sound too good to be true. That’s because engineers labored painstakingly over the design to maximize the quality of every decibel you hear. Dual built-in microphones are great for when you want to be heard. If you’re making a FaceTime call, for example, the mics reduce background noise from behind the notebook. And when you use Dictation (coming this summer in OS X Mountain Lion), they create an adaptive audio beam that intelligently adjusts to detect your voice — instead of the noise around you. The FaceTime HD camera is built into the widescreen Retina display. So you can make 720p HD calls to someone else’s iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, or Mac with a FaceTime HD camera.
  • newegg Multi-Touch Trackpad and Backlit Keyboard In OS X, Multi-Touch is an essential part of how you interact with your Mac. Using realistic, intuitive gestures, you can switch between apps, navigate your content, and get the most out of your desktop space. The all-new MacBook Pro features a Multi-Touch trackpad with a large, all-glass button surface. So you can tap, pinch, swipe, and click away comfortably. Thin and light, this notebook is designed to go anywhere — including places with less-than-stellar lighting. A built-in sensor detects changes in ambient light and adjusts the keyboard brightness automatically. So you’re never left in the dark.

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  • Erik B.
  • 1/28/2013 6:26:09 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsFantastic Laptop, not so fantastic price

Pros: HDMI port, weight and Retina Display sold me on this laptop (that, and I needed XCode). Beautiful screen that is better that sets the standar for future laptops. When you are staring at a terminal screen and/OR an IDE all day, it really does make a difference. The boot is pretty darned fast.

Ergonomically, I really like where the trackpad is. When you have rather big hands like I do, its nice to be able to rest your wrists without moving the cursor while typing.

Battery life is stellar, if your not running simulators or playing games, you can easily get 6 hours of battery life (if your doing either of the former or the latter, it will take an expected large hit). Even Virtualization doesn't seem to effect battery life too much.

Cons: The keyboard layout leaves some to be desired. The arrow keys are rather small. I'm also not a big fan of where the function keys are initially mapped to the OS features.

Wake up speed is not a great as it should be considering the hardware/SSD. As soon as you start doing something very CPU intensive, this thing will start getting hot enough for you to cook an egg while you're at it.

Sound quality is OK, not stellar.

Other Thoughts: As others have noted, apps are still coming around to supporting the higher pixel density, that shouldn't be a reason to avoid this laptop. If anything, the price and the software should be your primary drivers. This has far and away been the highest quality laptop I've had. For the price, however, this laptop is definitely not for everyone.

Oh one other note, if you run Linux on it, Gnome has problems whenever you wake from sleep where it will consume all of your processor. KDE doesn't have this issue. If you update to the latest Kernel (3.6 kernel I think) , the power managent is ALOT better.

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  • Joel S.
  • 7/20/2012 9:47:28 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsGreat machine but software is lagging behind the hardware

Pros: The MBP is light and relatively small for 15 inch. I've owned nothing but 13" computers in last couple years. Including a 13" MBP. The retina display is amazing. I don't do anything crazy, but occasionally edit photos. I paid for aperture with retina support and it is amazing! Text on safari and chrome canary are great. Mozilla and regular chrome not so great. SDD works great. I install windows 7 pro and score an average of 7.5. It was easy to install and drivers were provided by Apple. I paid 1880 plus tax from best buy for open item so cost was high but not sticker price. I would seriously second guess my purchase for 2200. Steep price in my opinion. The overall life before it becomes outdate should be fairly large.

Cons: Price. Lack of apps for the retina as mentioned by others. When you shell out 2k for a machine you seem to demand perfection. My hopes are that in time the perfection will come. Until then we are stuck with horrible blurred text and images in non-retina developed software.

Other Thoughts: Overall I very happy and hope to enjoy this computer. I've two macs and have had hardware failure on both. First one was a HDD failure, second was mobo. If this one has a failure it will be third strike. I would like to believe it was bad luck. Apple continuous to lead the way in innovation and also charge for their efforts. I own windows and mac machines and both have positives. My desktop is a windows 7 machine custom built with similar Windows Index Scores.

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  • John M.
  • 7/12/2012 11:58:37 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
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3 out of 5 eggsNice but apps not ready

Pros: Same as what everyone says.
1: Ivybridge
2: SSD
3: Retina Display
4: Thin and light

Cons: Apps are just not ready for the retina display. Retina supported apps looks great but ones that don't (majority of apps) looks pretty bad. Word 2011 strains my eyes and pretty disappointed adobe still doesn't support retina in photoshop. Everything is scaled.

Other Thoughts: Once the retina support becomes mainstream I really have no complaints. Its fast and by far the best built laptop I've owned. At the moment I still uses my 2011 Macbook pro 15 more often.

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  • Robert D.
  • 7/7/2012 4:35:08 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Excellent display
USB 3.0 ports
Thunderbolt ports
Both integrated and discrete video card
Fast ssd and fast ivy bridge processor

Cons: Not all apps are retina yet, but more are coming everyday. Once you use this screen, it is hard to go back to a regular screen.

Other Thoughts: This commuter is so fast. It boots up and shuts down fast. Applications open fast. My retina MacBook pro came with a Samsung 830 ssd. It has a new design that is lighter and runs much cooler than my 2010 MacBook pro.
The screen looks fantastic with apps that are retina ready like safari, iPhoto,
Mail, iTunes, and also hd video. I highly recommend this computer.

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  • Tyler R.
  • 7/6/2012 8:02:32 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: Fun to have, looks nice... the SSD is a little faster than a hard drive

Its also nice and thin

Cons: The novelty wears off in about a week. Now I really see no reason to have this resolution. Running stuff at anything below 2880x1800 looks jagged and blurry, and running anything at 2880x1800 runs too laggy to be usable.. I mean seriously! Team Fortress 2 is only playable at low detail, and even then it still lags and overheats.

Anything else with the same (LOW END) i7 that this one has and a 650m would cost around a grand.

Other Thoughts: Dont buy it, you will regret it when you realize how much you just payed for nothing more than extra pixels. The cost of materials for this thing is around $800. Apple charges $2200. Fair? No.

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  • Boe B.
  • 7/3/2012 10:33:30 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsThe evolution of the laptop

Pros: Display, Form factor, Trackpad, Keyboard, Build quality

Cons: App support for retina will be trickling in / working out the kinks of a new technology, Making due without some legacy technology and ports (not an issue for most these days)

Other Thoughts: I'm not a fanboy. I've owned many desktops and laptops over the years (mostly windows based). The Macbook Pro with Retina Display (or rMBP) might be the best PC I've had to date. It's a premium product that won't appeal to everyone, but it provides a pretty remarkable blend of form and function. There are plenty of thin and light notebooks around these days, but most of them sacrifice CPU cores and a dedicated GPU. This machine sacrifices neither, with a quad core CPU and a formidable (for a machine of it's size) GPU.

It's remarkably thin, incredibly well built, has a revolutionary display, and is an overall joy to use for work and play. Things will only get more interesting as retina technology becomes more mainstream.

I would certainly recommend this product.

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