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Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display ME294LL/A Notebook Intel Core i7 2.3GHz 16GB Memory 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage SSD NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M 15.4" Mac OS X v10.9 Mavericks

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Apple MacBook Pro ME294LL/A 15.4in. Laptop with Retina Display

The 15.4in. MacBook Pro with Retina Display from Apple is a powerful notebook computer with an innovative, ultrathin, ultraportable aluminum unibody design. It is loaded with advanced power management features and an integrated lithium polymer battery, which all work together to provide up to eight hours of wireless web browsing.


 
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  • 2.3GHz Intel Core i7 (Crystalwell)
  • 16GB of Onboard 1600MHz DDR3L RAM
  • 512GB PCIe-Based Flash Storage
  • Integrated Intel Iris Pro Graphics
  • 15.4in. LED-Backlit IPS Retina Display
  • 2880 x 1800 Native Resolution
  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Thunderbolt 2, USB 3.0, HDMI
  • FaceTime HD Camera, Dual Mics
  • Mac OS X Mavericks
 
 

This version of the 15.4in. MacBook Pro with Retina display (model ME294LL/A) features a 2.3GHz Core i7 quad-core processor, 256GB of flash storage, and 16GB of onboard RAM. It also offers a combination of Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics and the NVIDIA GeForce GT 750M discrete graphics processor with 2GB of video memory.

It's powered by OS X Mavericks, the world's most advanced operating system and built to bring out the best in your Mac. And the MacBook Pro comes pre-loaded with the latest version of the iLife software suite (iPhoto, iMovie, and GarageBand) as well as the iWork productivity suite (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote).

The MacBook Pro also includes both a high-speed Thunderbolt port and two USB 3.0 ports, enabling you to easily connect to external displays and a wide variety of high performance peripherals. With up to 60 percent faster PCIe-based flash storage compared to the previous generation and new 802.11ac Wi-Fi for up to 3X faster wireless, the new MacBook Pro is quicker and more responsive than ever. You'll also get up to eight hours of battery life while on the go.

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Features

Retina Display

The 15.4in. display of this MacBook Pro features over five million pixels. The pixel density is so high your eyes won't be able to discern individual pixels. Now with a 2880 x 1800 native resolution, you can see more of your high-resolution images onscreen with pixel-for-pixel accuracy. The Retina display also reduces glare while maintaining incredible color and quality. In fact, it has a 29% higher contrast ratio than a standard MacBook Pro display. Deeper black levels and vibrant color, everything is rich and beautiful. IPS technology gives you a wide, 178-degree view of everything on the screen, so you'll see the difference at practically any angle.

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Fourth-Generation Intel Core Processor

Since OS X is designed to take advantage of each core, the fourth-generation Intel Core i5 dual-core processor (based on the latest Haswell architecture) captures every bit of performance from the processor. When you need more power for a processor-intensive application like Aperture or Final Cut Pro, Turbo Boost 2.0 automatically increases the speed of the active cores. And by shifting core frequency in small increments, Turbo Boost allows the processor to manage performance without sacrificing efficiency.

This model features a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.5GHz. It's complemented by Intel Iris Pro integrated graphics with 128MB of embedded memory, which can accelerate processor- and graphics-intensive tasks by acting as an ultrafast cache.

All Flash Storage

This MacBook Pro feels incredibly fluid and responsive. It's all thanks to its PCIe-based flash storage, which gives you up to 60% faster read and write performance than its predecessor. 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 this MacBook Pro comes with 512GB 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 reliable and quiet. And flash storage is extremely energy efficient, which means your MacBook Pro also has the ability to stay in standby mode for up to a month without having to be plugged in.

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802.11ac: The New Definition of Fast

The MacBook Pro now supports ultrafast 802.11ac Wi-Fi. When connected to an 802.11ac base station — including the AirPort Extreme and AirPort Time Capsule — wireless performance is up to three times faster than with the previous generation of MacBook Pro. And your Wi-Fi range improves as well.

HDMI, USB 3.0, SDXC

The MacBook Pro with Retina Display also has dual USB 3.0 ports, an HDMI port and an SDXC card slot, you can build an entire professional studio with the MacBook Pro as its centerpiece.

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Thunderbolt and USB 3

Delivering an amazing 10Gbps of transfer speeds in both directions, the ultrafast and ultraflexible Thunderbolt port allows you to move data up to 20 times faster than with USB 2.0 and more than 12 times faster than with FireWire 800. You can also daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt-compatible peripherals without using a hub. Thunderbolt also supports DisplayPort for high resolution displays and works with existing adapters for HDMI, DVI, and VGA displays.

 

 


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 30 days
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 30 days


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  • Matyas S.
  • 4/1/2014 11:53:12 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsnot for software development

Pros: Great specs. Thin and light.

Cons: Screen is glossy and the reflection is distracting. Daytime use in office environment is the worst, home use where you can control the environment is best.

Setting up a developer environment is harder than compiling and installing a Linux kernel. No package manager available by default, you better get started with that. Setup involves hours spent on forums and newsgroups. You need to get an Apple ID so you get stdlib installed. You have to install XQuartz to use remote X applications. The default timeout for remote X applications on this machine is less than 10 minutes. You better figure out how to change that otherwise your connection will break every 10 minutes! My favourite font (xfonts-terminus) is not available and not installable on this machine. With half of this effort one could setup/use Linux that is more customizable and developer user-friendly.

No page up and page down keys.

MacOS keyboard shortcuts are a pain to configure.

No copy on select. You have to press command-C and command-V every time.

No ethernet port. You have to use a converter that retails for $30.

Other Thoughts: I got this laptop at work, I did not have to buy it. My personal laptop is a T440s running Linux and I like that much more. (The T440s also has issues that needed newsgroup reading, but the end result is more pleasing and that machine is much more reasonably priced.)

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  • Richard B.
  • 3/25/2014 12:13:04 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsGreat Laptop but opt for AppleCare!

Pros: Thin and fairly light considering the components it packs. Very fast, great for running multiple VMs for development, testing, etc. Display is beautiful, battery life is pretty good given the i7 output and screen resolution (I opted for the faster i7). Seems high quality.

Cons: Unreliable. Just got mine back from the Genius Bar today after dropping it off last week. The SSD died.... after FOUR WEEKS. The Apple Store didn't have a replacement, so I had to wait a few days before one was available.

Other Thoughts: Lessons:
1. Use Time Machine consistently... as in "often", and
2. Spring for AppleCare during your warranty period.

The old Macbook Pros were troopers. I recently sold my mid-2011 with a core2duo, and never had a problem with it. I never needed to, but I could replace the harddrive. I could upgrade RAM...

These new ones? No way. The 512 GB SSD is $1000 by itself to replace. The cheapest thing to replace on this thing is the display, at $600.

It's a great laptop... but expensive. You'd think paying $2800 for a quality piece would buy you reliability... but there are no guarantees! Repeat after me: "Applecare"...

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  • John C.
  • 12/26/2013 11:04:51 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Ship padding?

Pros: Awesome laptop. The best

Cons: Newegg's shipping.

Other Thoughts: This was just in a box, loose to bang around during shipping. I received it as a gift from my wife. Opened up and noticed it was dented on the bottom. A perfect square dent from the power brick (charger) that it was packaged on. Fed Ex obviously didn't treat it too well and there was no padding between the Apple box itself and the shipping box from Newegg leaving 4-6 inches of play. Not good Newegg.

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