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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
  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

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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Display Name: Richard B.

Date Joined: 03/23/05

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  • First Review: 03/25/14
  • Last Review: 03/25/14
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