Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2015) review

8.7/10
Apple MacBook Pro with Retina Display (13-inch, 2015) review
  • Design - 8/10
    8/10
  • Battery - 9/10
    9/10
  • Software - 9/10
    9/10
  • Performance - 8/10
    8/10
  • Noise - 9/10
    9/10
  • Keyboard/Trackpad - 9/10
    9/10

Summary

Pros
Intel CPUs new gen
Faster SSD
battery life
Force Touch trackpad

Cons
Same body as before
Minor upgrade
Similar ultrabook are getting thinner like the DELL XPS 13

Final thought
While the outside of the Apple MacBook Pro has remained the same and it still feels the same when you carry it with you, this model offers a lot more for users. Apple fans are going to love the changes, and they will see that the company focused on what matters. With the addition of the Force Touch trackpad and longer battery life, this is the ultimate in high-quality portable machines for everyday use. While the upcoming 12-inch MacBook has a futuristic design, the macbook pro remains a my top recommendation and choice

8.7/10

When something works well, you don’t have to spend a lot of time updating it. That has been the case with the Apple MacBook Pro. Any updates have been minor while the overall concept stays the same. The newest version has taken a slightly more aggressive approach without a total overhaul. Some changes are minor while others will have a bigger impact for users.

Upgrade in Performance

The new MacBook Pro comes with the Broadwell dual-core 2.7 GHz processor, which can be upgraded to either 2.9 GHz or 3.1 GHz. You will notice a much faster speed with this fifth-generation processor, which includes improvements even with heavy software programs.

Another addition to the 2015 model is the PCIe-based flash that provides faster read and write speeds. You may not notice the difference in most applications, but you will see the speed difference when going through large libraries or doing some heavy video editing.

A big area of improvement is with battery life. The Apple MacBook Pro is truly a device you can take with you and not have to worry about recharging. With an all-day battery, you can wait until you get home to plug in. It boasts 10 hours of life, which is one hour longer than the previous model. 1

New Features

The design has stayed basically the same with the exception of one special feature, which may be what makes this new MacBook Pro so special. That feature is the Force Touch trackpad. At first glance, it looks similar to the previous version, but it uses no motion. While it feels like you are clicking on the pad the same as before, it uses new technology for response.

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This technology allows you to initiate different responses based on how you click. For instance, with a deeper click, you can call up the website of a link without actually going to the page. Preview documents or check out songs on iTunes. Force clicking will do different things based on what you are clicking on. Use it to fast-forward through videos or to zoom in on a map. It also provides a more realistic image when adding your signature to online documents. Expect this feature to be enhanced even more when developers work on new apps.

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This model also features the Retina Display for crystal clear images. Since it reduces glare without taking away from the display, it is the optimal choice for use in many environments. The high contrast ratio allows you to view images with sharp detail, which is important for editing or viewing video or photos.

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