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Apple MacBook Pro MGXC2LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop with Retina Display (OLD VERSION)
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April 28, 2017
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I'm coming to this Macbook Pro 13inch Retina laptop from a 2010 model Macbook Air that I absolutely adored for nearly 4 years. The Air was so light and portable that I reluctantly gave it up, but concerns of weight vanished once I got my hands on this beauty. Yes, it's slightly heavier, but only slightly. What I like most of all is how the body isn't tapered from back to front like the Air. It's a solid piece of symmetrical aluminum, and it just feels so well built.
One of the reasons I eventually gave up and sold my Air in favor of this was the Retina screen. I've never seen one on the Macbooks, so I bought this sight unseen, but I had a vague idea of how it might look because I also own a retina iPad Mini and that screen is lovely. The screen on the mini is out-done by the amazing screen on this Macbook. I can't believe how good it is. And what's more, this Macbook only cost 100 dollars more than the latest Air. Why would anyone not pay the difference for this screen? It's totally night and day between the Air's screen and this one. The Air is by no means terrible, but it cant compete with this.
The audio is also a nice surprise on the Macbook with Retina. It was good on my Air, but it's far better on the Retina. There's no speaker grills either, so I assume they're below the keyboard. Regardless they sound amazing, albeit low on bass.
My Air didnt have a backlit keyboard, so this was a nice surprise. No more hunting and hoping at night in bed. Another nice addition I didnt have before was HDMI-out. Now I can simply connect my Macbook to my HDTV and play Hulu on my TV. No reason to pay for Hulu Plus. On my other computer it wouldnt allow Hulu to output to TV, but its not being blocked on the Macbook for some reason. I wont complain.
Anyway, I'd list some dislikes, but I don't have any. The keyboard and trackpad are Apple's usual brilliant keyboard and trackpad. They're unmatched.
If you're on the fence about getting one, just go for it. I'm one of those people that easily get buyer's remorse, but I have none of that with this laptop. So good.
Don't usually do reviews, but I will on this one because it may help other people. I run windows 8.1 on my MacBook pro Retina with 16gb, 750 ssd. I have run this computer like this for over a year, and cannot even remember my mac OS password. I run windows in boot camp. I am a developer and screen space is critical for me. I don't think you can purchase a better computer to run windows if this is what you want. From my MacBook, I have 2 dell 30 inch monitors hooked in through the thunder bolt ports. Each of these are running in dual dvi 2560 X 1600. The incredible 15" MacBook retina display is running at 2880 X 1800. Sometimes you have to squint a bit, but it is a great and readable display - even at that resolution. Also :), I have a Wacom Cintiq 13HD (pen based display) plugged into the DVI port running at 1920 X 1800. Primarily I use this display for OneNote because I had draw a lot of notes and diagrams. This computer runs all 4 of these displays and just screams! It does not get hot. Many won't believe, so I will try to post a picture.
I could not have been happier purchasing this 2014 model (MGXC2LL/A). I consider myself the average consumer and I will write my personal review based off of my "average" usage and preference. I mainly use this computer for school (taking notes and writing papers), surfing the world wide web, basic Photoshop, basic video and audio editing with Adobe software, and to "Netflix and chill".
Before purchasing this 2014 model, I was considering the 2015 model. After doing additional research and comparing the main specs between the 2014 and 2015 15-inch models, I came to the conclusion that there wasn't a difference in specs between the two models as far as processor, processor speed, SSD storage size, RAM, display size and resolution, and number and type of connection ports (these features are my main concern).
The only differences that I found to be remotely mentionable, but not affecting my decision, are the differences in graphics card, maximum supported external resolution, and the track pad. The differences in these three aspects were not enough to persuade me to spend extra dollars to purchase the 2015 model.
Instead, I opted to spend my dollars to purchase this 2014 model (MGXC2LL/A). The benefit I found in purchasing the 2014 model is that, for my average usage, I get more for paying less. Let me BRIEFLY elaborate: 1) For 2015 model, $1999 (Apple MSRP) will get you a slower processor (2.2 GHz) and smaller SSD storage (256 GB) 2) For 2014 model, $1899.99 got me a faster processor (2.5 GHz) and a larger SSD storage (512 GB)
Overall, I can definitely recommend this 2014 model (MGXC2LL/A). If you identify with my type of daily, average usage and you would like to save money, then the 2014 model may be for you. If you desire and require the latest technology Apple has to offer, then this 2014 model is not for you. As always, do your own research before purchasing any product for your individualized preferences.