A USB 3.0, improved graphics, and faster processor emphasize a series of inner improvements in the latest 15-inch MacBook.
The untouched design is starting to feel a slight dated. Any authentic structural changes, higher resolution displays, HDMI, were retained for the Retina display edition of the MacBook Pro.
Not so long ago, to live the 15-inch MacBook was to be the verve of the laptop. Powerful and big, yet attractive and slim, the college students wanted MacBook Airs, whereas the artists, designers, and writers wanted the 15-inch MacBook Pro or in the minority cases, the larger 17-inch version.
That judgment has shifted with the Apple’s release of 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display. These are two extremely different swines despite the alike names.
Almost ultrabook-thin, with a distinctive 2,880 by 1,800 pixel display, no optical drive, dual Thunderbolt ports, an HDMI port, and solid-state storage. It starts at $2,199.
The similar 15-inch MacBook Pro we have loved and known for a pair of years, but improved to Intel’s third generation Core i7 processors. That begins with $1,799, but easily improved to $2,199 or higher.
The two have USB 3.0 ports and Nvidia graphics. It is hard to imagine of a way in which the full-scale MacBook Pro is better with the latest and the thinner Retina Display edition, except for the cheaper starting price, more storage capacities, and optical drive. That model is obviously the latest flagship MacBook, whereas this 15-inch Pro lives to serve those who are attached to what Apple may deem legacy qualities – Ethernet cables, DVD drives, and even FireWire.
The mathematics should be uncomplicated. If you can pay for the Retina edition and can survive with its storage limitations and connectivity, reach for that. Or else, the standard 15-inch MacBook Pro is yet a great notebook, with powerful performance, amazing battery, and excellent build quality. But although a long-term keenness for this particular invention, the overall invention, unchanged for the patterned few cycles, is beginning to feel a slight dated, particularly the default 1,440 by 900 pixel screen resolution.
Processor – 2.3 GHz Intel Core i7-3610QM
Memory – 4GB, 1600MHz DDR3
Hard drive – 500GB 5,400rpm
Chipset – Intel HM77
Graphics – Nvidia GeGorce 650M/Intel HD 4000
Operating System – OS X Lion 10.7.4
Dimensions (WD) – 14.4 by 9.8 inches
Height – 0.95 inches
Screen Size (diagonal) – 15.4 inches
System Weight or Weight with AC adapter – 5.7/6.4 lbs
Category – Mid-sized
Whereas its inner components have been modernized to include the newest hardware from Nvidia and Intel, the 2012 edition of the 15-inch MacBook Pro feels and looks similar with previous iterations. It is still one of the top overall laptop inventions around and still one of the sexiest full-power 15-inch models, but credits in part to fight from ultrabooks (an Intel marketing program to create and promote sexier laptops across some screen sizes), Windows laptops are becoming equal quickly.